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General Use VS Custom Vessel: When It's Time to Consider a Custom ASME Pressure Vessel

Emerging life sciences, and health and wellness product manufacturers must carefully plan budget and start-up costs to launch their products. Many of these entrepreneurs begin production with a general use vessel.

A stainless general use vessel has a lower entry price. Depending on the process and the demand for the product, general-use vessels may serve a small manufacturer very well for many years. Dispensing and storage vessels, vacuum and low-pressure vessels are common examples of general use applications.

However, when demand outpaces production, the manufacturer may require a vessel that is customized for the processing needs. Here is a case story of a manufacturer that switched from a general use to a custom ASME pressure vessel:

BEFORE: A fast-growing botanical extraction processor was unable to produce the quantity of product needed to fulfill demand. Their process involved an imported general use vessel that was placed in a rudimentary ice bath for temperature control. This process resulted in waste of non-consistent product and constant staffing and manual intervention to monitor and adjust.

AFTER: Apache's small vessel team provided an ASME processing vessel that completely replaced their batch process. The new vessel was designed with a thermal heat jacket that heated and cooled the product to the exact temperature required for the extraction process. The ASME vessel was jacketed with tri-clamp ferrules and included a site glass and high-pressure sanitary fittings. The vessel has a pickle passivated finish that provides ease of sanitation between batches.

While the price point for a custom manufactured vessel was higher than a general use tank, the ability to quadruple production off-set the cost of the vessel and resulted in a quick return on investment. Apache's custom vessel runs continuously day and night; it eliminated product waste and removed employee monitoring and intervention.

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Two Local Companies Work Together to Solve Need for Increased Production and Storage

Brakebush Brothers, a leading processor of chicken products, worked with Apache Stainless Equipment Corporation to design, fabricate and deliver a new 20,000 gallon fresh oil tank for their Westfield, Wisconsin plant.

 

David Meyer, Utilities Manager at Brakebush, needed a new storage tank to keep up with production demands and chose Apache Stainless for it’s reputation as a quality manufacturer of stainless tanks and expertise in heat transfer surfaces and sanitary tank finishing.   The 13’ 6” diameter tank is 33’ feet tall and replaces an 8,000 gallon tank that will be relocated to another Brakebush plant.

 

David Foulkes, Sales Manager for Apache, worked with Brakebush and Apache’s tank team to provide the new tank with specifications to include a containment shell, steam dimple jacket, insulation and protective shroud with controls to monitor and adjust the heat temperature of the oil, especially during the winter months in Wisconsin, as well as the required flow into the plant for production operations.

 

The Brakebush Westfield, Wisconsin plant has a production facility of over 500,000 sq. ft. with state of the art cooking operations. Westfield is also the corporate office for Brakebush.

 

Apache Stainless located in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin serves commercial manufacturers all across North America. Apache tanks are found in food and beverage processing facilities an in fuel refineries, ethanol plants, chemical industries, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and in health and beauty product manufacturing plants.


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