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Parr Training in England

Parr's Export Sales Manager & Calorimeter Product Manager Steve Lierly visited our dealer Scientific and Medical Products in Manchester, England last week. While there Steve presented a Calorimeter Service Training course for Parr service technicians and a Masterclass for SciMed's customers. Thank you to SciMed for hosting and to everyone who participated!

Steve Lierly presents a Master Class on Calorimetry for Scientific and Medical Products customers.
Steve Lierly presents a Master Class on Calorimetry for Scientific and Medical Products customers.
The Training Session included hands on training with Parr Oxygen Bomb Calorimeters.
The Training Session included hands on training with Parr Oxygen Bomb Calorimeters.
Pictured from left to right: Koen Meganck with Analis sa/nv (Belgium), Glenn Harnden with SciMed (UK), Sebastien Foriel with Equilabo (France), Stefano Giovanelli with FKV Srl (Italy), Marcus Karhula with G.W. Berg (Finland), Nicolas Micoud with Equilabo (France), Gareth Llewllyn-Samuel with SciMed (UK), Steve Lierly with Parr Instrument Company (USA), and Richard Ellison SciMed (UK) [not pictured]
Thank you to our dealers in attendance!

Hinged Split-Rings for Parr Vessels

Parr’s hinged split-rings offer a safe and convenient solution for opening larger fixed head vessels. With this design, the split-rings swing out of the way to allow easy access to the vessel. Hinged split-rings come standard on fixed head vessels 3.75 Liters or larger and can be customized to other sizes. See them in action here:

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Parr Introduces New A1000G Tri-Axial Core Holder

For studies involving fluid displacement in porous media


Parr Instrument Company has introduced a new product to its line of world-leading instruments. The new Model A1000G Tri-Axial Core Holder is designed to be used in the testing of geologic core samples or other similar cylindrical samples for porosity, permeability, and related characteristics.

Features include:

  • Operating pressures to 7500 psig (500 bar) and temperatures up to 200 C.
  • Provision for simultaneously subjecting a core sample to axial and radial pressures of unequal magnitude.
  • Supporting core diameters of nominally one inch (2.5 cm) and lengths up to four inches (10 cm). Other variations are available.
  • 316 Stainless Steel wetted parts or other commercially available corrosion resistant materials.

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Parr Reactor Featured in Chemical Engineering Magazine

Model 4578 High Temperature/High Pressure Reactor as seen in Chemical Engineering

See one of Parr’s High Pressure Reactors in the latest issue of Chemical Engineering Magazine!

Their report on “Commercializing Process Technologies” discusses considerations for scaling up a reaction process in the chemical industry.

Experience shows that over a year’s time, automating a typical pilot plant costs less than manual operation and improves data quality. Check out their report below and contact us to find out how Parr’s fully automated bench-scale and pilot-scale reactor systems can be customized to your requirements. Let us build one for you!

Commercializing Process Technologies

Parr Introduces New Machined Stirrers

For difficult, highly viscous substances

Machined Stirrer

 

Parr’s line of excellent stirrers has been expanded to include a new robust spiral stirrer, machined from a solid bar of stainless steel or any other material in which Parr reactors are offered.

This one piece spiral design is specifically tailored to handle difficult, highly viscous substances such as heavy oils, polymers, and even slurries with significant solids content.

Features Include:

  • The new machined stirrers can be customized for reactors with flat or tapered base geometries, with both upflow and downflow blade options available.
  • Curved scoop design along the bottom blades to help lift heavier materials from the bottom of the cylinder.
  • No second set of blade required due to the new solid, single unit design.

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New Parr Custom Calorimeters

Introducing the 1109X High Strength Semimicro Oxygen Combustion Vessel

Parr is a distinctive calorimeter producer in the market. It is well known that a large portion of Parr’s business is custom built reactor systems. However, few know that Parr builds custom calorimeters for special tasks as well.

Custom Calorimeters
1109X High Strength Semimicro Oxygen Combustion Vessel

Features Include:

  • A high strength combustion micro-vessel 1109X with the corresponding bucket, for use in a 6200 Calorimeter.
  • Optimized for applications where samples have a small energy release but generate high dynamic pressure during the combustion.
  • This special version of the Parr 6200 Calorimeter and 1109X Vessel performs with better than 1% precision for energy releases as low as 1 kJ

 

 

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Custom External Catalyst Addition Devices

New Custom External Catalyst Addition Device on 4563

Recently, we have offered custom external catalyst addition devices (XCAD) for some of our systems to compliment our standard atmospheric XCADs. The new design allows customers to add the catalyst while the system is under pressure and heated to a set temperature. It can even be used in place of our solids charging port (SCP) for some systems.

Custom External Catalyst Addition Device on 4563

Features:

  • Cooling sleeve
  • Ball valve
  • Sealed screw cap vessel

 

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Hands-On Training

We love our customers and we love to have them come and visit us! Our customers are invited to join us at our facilities in Moline, Illinois to receive complimentary hands-on training on their systems before they are shipped to their locations. We recently welcomed visitors from Texas and Israel for training on their new customized Parr equipment. Contact us to learn more about our in house training options!

Ademola Idowu, Ph.D. from The Dow Chemical Company in Lake Jackson, Texas working with his new custom Tubular Reactor & Stirred Systems.
Ademola Idowu, Ph.D. from The Dow Chemical Company in Lake Jackson, Texas working with his new custom Tubular Reactor & Stirred Systems.

 

Our customers from Israel discussing their new High Pressure Vessel System with Parr's Tim Lehman.
Our customers from Israel discussing their new High Pressure Vessel System with Parr's Tim Lehman.

Local Students Visit Parr

This week we hosted students taking physical chemistry classes from St. Ambrose University and Monmouth College. During their visits the students learned more about combustion calorimetry and were familiarized with real world calorimeters and applications. They also received an overview of the reactor side of our business.

Steve Lierly discusses calorimetery with students from St. Ambrose University.
Steve Lierly discusses calorimetery with students from St. Ambrose University.
Students and Professors from St. Ambrose University hosted by Parr's Steve Lierly (left) and Dr. Andrei Yermalayeu (second from right).
Students and Professors from St. Ambrose University hosted by Parr's Steve Lierly (left) and Dr. Andrei Yermalayeu (second from right).

 

Dealer Training

This week we were happy to host our dealer Cesar Yon from Reactivos para Analisis S.A.C. in Peru for training.

Parr representatives with Mr. Yon. Pictured from left to right: Steve Perry, Conan Collins, Cesar Yon, Kevin Lucas, Lisa Randolph, Tim Kilcoin, & Carolina Saguilan
Parr representatives with Mr. Yon.
Pictured from left to right: Steve Perry, Conan Collins, Cesar Yon, Kevin Lucas,
Lisa Randolph, Tim Kilcoin, & Carolina Saguilan