Working with some of the world’s biggest chemical producers, we recognise that safety and environmental compliance are never far from the minds of plant managers and engineers trying to match compliance with increasing production. As an unwelcome ‘chemical producer’, the regulators, government and local legislators and surrounding neighbourhoods are constantly wary of all operational activities.

Plant integrity is key to fulfilling the requirements of local and national bodies whilst at the same time maintaining productivity. In the CAPEX development phase or during everyday plant maintenance, utilising best engineering practice to ensure efficient operation is an industry given. Whether it is the initial raw materials handling stage or during product conversion through chemical reaction, the effects of these operations cause operators continual concern.

Incorporating proven technologies to cater for the cyclical nature of both dry and hydraulic processing, engineers can plan for the effects of plant degradation. Installing lining systems to counteract abrasion, erosion or corrosion can enhance the integrity of the processing plant and equipment by many times its design life. In some instances, introducing a lining system can also reduce energy consumption as the internal bore of the equipment maintains its geometry and creates a smooth surface, thus reducing the friction generated from undulating surfaces and the associated higher energy costs.

Whether protecting equipment with ceramic, metallic or polymer lining systems, the benefits soon repay for the cost of installation and give a significant return on investment by eliminating replacement, repair or loss of production costs. Along with the peace of mind that comes with best engineering practice compliance, such benefits ensure plant operation at the forefront of risk management and the reduction of potential environmental contamination.