First ACOMP Installation Achieves Milestone in System Availability
(New Orleans, LA, U.S.) ‒ Advanced Polymer Monitoring Technologies automatic continuous online monitoring of polymer reactions (ACOMP) product for industrial scale polymer production monitoring has been installed and operating in a polymer facility since fall 2014.
Mike Drenski, APMT’s Chief Technical Officer said, “Our team has done an excellent job taking a laboratory technology and converting it into an automated industrial system. Our hard work paid off; our first deployment has achieved over 97% availability during the first 18 months after installation.”
ACOMP technology was developed through R&D and lab use over 17 years with over 50 peer reviewed publications and a suite of patents from Prof. Reed’s group at Tulane University’s Center for Polymer Reaction Monitoring and Characterization (PolyRMC). This marks the first time the technology has been used for Industrial reactor monitoring and control.
APMT is actively expanding ACOMP’s technology to new chemistries where the value of continuously monitoring polymer properties real-time during production can improve cost, improve polymer product quality and decrease the environmental footprint of polymer production. “Now that we have demonstrated reliable industrial scale operation, we are actively engaged with several manufacturers assessing new, high value applications for the technology,” said Alex Reed, APMT Chief Executive Officer.
This work was supported in part by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. This work continues targeting the development of next generation ACOMP based control algorithms for chemical reactions.
Advanced Polymer Monitoring Technologies, Inc. develops, manufactures and distributes products and services for the real time monitoring and control of polymer reactions across all synthetic and natural polymer sectors from R&D through high volume industrial production. For more information, please visit www.apmtinc.com.