> Also see our Pilot Plant page.
What does “pilot scale” mean?
- A small-scale preliminary study conducted to evaluate feasibility, time, cost, scaling factors, unpredicted results, further develop a process, etc., to properly design and implement a full-scale commercial process.
- Usually between 100 grams and a few kilograms of material.
- Begin integrating process operations and equipment that might be available in larger scale for a commercial plant.
- May or may not be preceded by bench-scale development work.
What can Creative Engineers, Inc., provide?
- Experienced chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineers and chemists.
- A constructed pilot plant for operation at the customer’s, CEI’s, or a third party’s site.
- A facility that can handle hazardous materials.
- A cooperative customer approach.
- A willingness to tackle tough challenges.
- The tools and equipment we have accumulated over many years.
- Cost estimating, schedule development, preliminary designs, and other engineering services.
- Application of our proven Three-Phase Project Approach.
What is typically required to implement a pilot scale R&D program?
- Basic data for design.
- Some research into the product or process to define the methods and goals of the program.
- A plan to gather the correct data for further development and design of a full-scale operation.
- Safety and compatibility review, CEI will often conduct a PHA (process-hazard assessment).
- Understanding of the utilities and services required.
- A design for the test apparatus or process.
- A facility that can provide the support and services required.