‘Smart scale’ applies to process instruments

By J Pichura, WIKA

 

Published in:

Electricity+Control, November 2015 (pages 22 – 24)

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Production plants in the chemical industry are shrinking. Companies are increasingly relying on smart scale units: modular in construction and extremely flexible, and therefore cost and resource efficient.

The future lies in a container, a standard 20-foot shipping container. More space than this is not required for chemical production. That has been emphatically proven by the INVITE research centre − a cooperation between TU Dortmund University and Bayer Technology Services – within the scope of their ‘F³ Factory’ project. Fitted within the floorplan and height of such a container, INVITE developed a production plant for a two-stage synthesis process. This plant consists of a number of equally sized modules with different components, which can be interchanged and combined as required.

The F³ production container epitomises an ideal ‘smart scale’ plant.

 

Take note

  • Production plants in the chemical industry are shrinking.
  • More space than a standard 20-foot shipping container is not required for chemical production.
  • The F³ production container described epitomises an ideal smart scale plant.