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Richard VanLieshout
President
Phone: 443-807-1202
Email: rich@ceina.pro

 

Debee Sommer
Executive Administrator
Phone: 717-235-5469
Email: debees@ceina.pro

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15425 Elm Drive

New Freedom, PA 17349

 

General email:   info@creativeengineers.com
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  • Why do fluoropolymers need to be etched?
    Fluoropolymers are used throughout the chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries as the standard choice for excellent chemical resistance for all types of raw materials and products. Fluoropolymers are used for a number of standard products, such as tubing, gaskets and seals, and even linings and coatings for specialty tanks and vessels. In some applications, users of this material need the best of both worlds, that is, resistance to all types of corrosive materials and yet the ability to bond the fluoropolymer to other materials. When fluoropolymers are etched, the surface is modified ever so slightly to allow for the use of standard bonding agents and adhesives. In most cases, the active etching solution will strip the fluorine molecules from the surface of the polymer and replace them with other molecules that accept the bonding adhesives.
  • How are fluoropolymers etched?
    There are several methods available for etching fluoropolymers. The most common involves the use of reactive sodium ions to “strip” the fluorine molecules from the surface of the fluoropolymer, replacing them with other molecules, which allows the etched surface to be bonded to other materials using standard industry practices. The etching process only penetrates a few angstroms into the polymer surface, creating a bondable surface without affecting the material properties. CEI manufactures a full range of sodium naphthalene–based etchants for all of your etching needs.
  • Can Creative Engineers do in-house etching or provide etching systems?
    Yes and yes! CEI has designed and built custom etching systems for all types of etching processes including in-line, batch, and continuous “spool-to-spool” applications. CEI also manufactures high-quality sodium naphthalene etchants at our New Freedom, PA production facility. Combine the ability to design turnkey etching systems with the proven quality of CEI’s custom-blended etchants, and the result is a top-notch etching-service company ready to meet your etching needs.
  • What services does Creative Engineers, Inc. (CEI) provide?
    Creative Engineers, Inc. is a small but diversified company that provides the following services for our clients: Process engineering, including process flow diagrams (PFDs), piping and instrument diagrams (P&IDs) and other engineering services related to the chemical, metal, pharmaceutical, and nuclear industries Project engineering for all types of manufacturing, metals and chemical processes Alkali-metal engineering (transportation, handling, use, and disposal expertise) for a broad range of industries Project management Construction management and procurement Process-improvement studies and process-improvement projects Design and fabrication of skid-mounted systems, including pilot plants Operation of pilot plants Electromagnetic pumps and electromagnetic flow meters Automation design, engineering, and implementation Instrumentation and electrical design Chemicals – CEI is able to produce the following chemicals: Sodium dispersion Sodium naphthalene Fluoropolymer etchant Other alkali metal–based compounds
  • Can Creative Engineers provide turnkey pilot plants or process units?
    Yes. CEI is capable of doing the design, procurement, fabrication, testing, and startup of your pilot plant and skid-mounted process units. Our staff of chemical-process engineers will prepare the required mass-and-energy balance details and develop P&IDs so that CEI and the customer can agree on what is to be built. The mechanical, automation, and electrical groups will prepare equipment specifications, if necessary, and do detailed design. With the design agreed upon, our staff will procure the equipment, assemble, and deliver the complete package. At CEI, we believe that the success of any project depends heavily on the proper development of the project scope. We work with our customers to provide the up-front detailed process engineering needed to succeed.
  • Why are sodium and the other alkali metals difficult to handle?
    Sodium and alkali metals are extremely reactive materials, particularly with water and air. The reaction with water produces large quantities of hydrogen gas which, if not handled properly, pose fire and explosion hazards. All systems using alkali metals must be inerted and free of all traces of air and moisture. In some cases (e.g., NaK and potassium), exposure to organics can pose a violent explosion hazard. In some cases (e.g., NaK), the alkali metal is already a liquid, but in most cases (e.g., sodium, potassium and lithium) the systems and piping must be heated to work with the alkali metal. Most alkali metal work is done at elevated temperature. Any leakage from alkali metal systems or piping presents a fire or explosion hazard. Facility designs for handling alkali metal systems require unique planning (such as no sprinkler systems, no floor drains, proper ventilation, etc.). Alkali metals are also reactive with other elements commonly found in most industries. Avoid halogenated products and carbon dioxide. When working with lithium, nitrogen is not inert, and only argon gas should be used.
  • How do I dispose of alkali metals such as sodium, potassium, and NaK?
    All alkali metals are very reactive chemicals, and special handling and packaging is required. CEI’s process engineering staff is familiar with the regulatory requirements of disposing of the alkali metals and can guide each customer to the best solution. If appropriate, CEI has specialized equipment that can be brought to the customer’s site for the controlled reaction of the alkali metals to hydroxides. The resultant hydroxides are much easier to dispose of than the metal. CEI can provide expertise and conversion services for all alkali metals.
  • What recent experience does CEI have with cleaning out sodium and NaK systems?
    Creative Engineers personnel have been handling and using alkali metals for over 30 years. Our engineers have designed systems to produce, use, transfer, and dispose of alkali metals in all types of industries and processes. CEI is currently providing process engineering expertise for the clean-up of residual sodium in a fast breeder reactor in Newport, Mich. We have been involved with all phases of the sodium and NaK (sodium-potassium alloy) removal process and have helped our customers safely clean up and react the sodium-contaminated equipment over the past eight years. We are currently in the process of helping with the design of the system to remove the residual metal from the reactor vessel itself. In the past several years alone, CEI has designed, procured, and mobilized systems to process alkali metal residues at the DOE Hanford site in Washington, Idaho National Labs, and Oak Ridge National Labs in Tennessee. We also recently completed a large sodium-disposal project (over 5,000 pounds of metal!) at a chemical facility in Montana and even branched out internationally to provide our alkali-metal disposal expertise to a decommissioning project in Gladstone, Australia. For all our alkali-metal disposal projects, we not only do the process engineering required, we build the skid-mounted equipment required and operate that equipment! When you choose CEI for your alkali-metal work, you get the engineers and personnel who have actually handled these materials. We do not hire local, inexperienced personnel to boost profit. When working with hazardous materials, nothing beats CEI’s hands-on expertise gained from actual field experiences.
  • How are PCB oils treated to make them non-hazardous?
    Creative Engineers, along with KMR Dispersions, LLC, manufactures sodium-based dispersions that can be used to treat PCBs. The sodium dispersions, available in a number of sodium concentrations and dispersed in multiple carriers, effectively treat PCBs by removing the chlorine from the chlorinated biphenyls. Once processed with our sodium dispersion, the PCB oils can be purified and recycled, eliminating the need to send the materials to a costly hazardous waste disposal site.

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YEAR ESTABLISHED

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CUSTOMERS

376

PROJECTS COMPLETED

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Our clients are at the heart of everything we do at Creative Engineers. As a leading engineering firm, we work closely with individuals and organizations across various industries. Our team of highly skilled engineers is dedicated to providing innovative solutions to meet the unique challenges faced by our clients. We strive to understand our clients' needs and expectations, and work collaboratively with them to deliver quality services that meet their technical requirements, budget, and timeline.

Our commitment to safety, sustainability, and excellence in engineering practices is evident in the successful outcomes we have achieved for our clients. At Creative Engineers, we pride ourselves on building strong relationships with our clients, and we look forward to working with you to help you achieve your engineering goals.

Advanced materials research system

Advanced Materials Research System 

Chemical Process Move

Chemical Process Move

Liquid Metal Test Loop

Liquid Metal Test Loop

Electromagnetic Pump Testing

Electromagnetic Pump Testing

Custom Glove Box

Custom Glove Box

Flexible Tubing Etch Cart

Flexible Tubing Etch Cart

High Purity Blend System

High Purity Blend System

Vessel Decommissioning

Vessel Decommissioning

Nuclear Reactor Sodium Passivation

Nuclear Reactor Sodium Passivation

Specialty Chemical Plant Expansion

Specialty Chemical Plant Expansion

Featured Customer Solutions

At our core, we are dedicated to delivering tailored customer solutions by harnessing the power of chemical and physical processes. Our expertise lies in designing, optimizing, and scaling up processes, as well as developing groundbreaking products that push the boundaries of innovation. Put simply, we're here to revolutionize your business with our cutting-edge solutions.

  • Conceptual and Detailed Process Design

  • PFDs – Process Flow Diagrams

  • M&EB – Mass and Energy Balance (also known as Mass and Heat Balance)

  • P&ID – Piping and Instrument Diagrams

  • Process Troubleshooting

  • Process Optimization

  • Manufacturing Debottlenecking

  • Operating Procedures and Automation Specifications

  • Pressure and Vacuum Relief–System Analysis

  • Piping Design, Specification, and Layouts

  • Construction Documents

  • Skid-System and Field-Construction Design

  • General Arrangement Drawings

  • Detailed Construction Drawings

  • PLC, DCS, SCADA Control Systems

  • Instrumentation System Design and Specification

  • Instrument Loops

  • Electrical Elementaries and Schematics

  • Project Management

  • Cost and Schedule Control

  • Bid Packages and Construction Documents

  • Permitting Assistance

  • Maintenance Assistance

  • Process Hazard Assessments (HAZOP & What If?)

  • Alkali Metals

  • Hazardous Materials

  • Pilot Plants

  • Skid-Mounted Systems

  • Batch and Continuous Processing

  • Building and Fire Codes (as they relate to hazardous materials)

Detailed Engineering Capabilities

Alkali

Metals

Trust our team of alkali metals experts to provide comprehensive solutions for your unique project needs.

Process Engineering

Optimize your operations and maximize your productivity with our expert process engineering services.

Chemical Innovation

Fuel innovation and drive growth with our dedicated R&D services, tailored to meet your specific industry and business objectives.

Fabrication & Electrical

Our company provides top-quality fabrication and electric services to meet the requirements  of our diverse client base.

Our Services

Detailed Engineering Capabilities

  • Conceptual and Detailed Process Design

  • PFDs – Process Flow Diagrams

  • M&EB – Mass and Energy Balance (also known as Mass and Heat Balance)

  • P&ID – Piping and Instrument Diagrams

  • Process Troubleshooting

  • Process Optimization

  • Manufacturing Debottlenecking

  • Operating Procedures and Automation Specifications

  • Pressure and Vacuum Relief–System Analysis

  • Piping Design, Specification, and Layouts

  • Construction Documents

  • Skid-System and Field-Construction Design

  • General Arrangement Drawings

  • Detailed Construction Drawings

  • PLC, DCS, SCADA Control Systems

  • Instrumentation System Design and Specification

  • Instrument Loops

  • Electrical Elementaries and Schematics

  • Project Management

  • Cost and Schedule Control

  • Bid Packages and Construction Documents

  • Permitting Assistance

  • Maintenance Assistance

  • Process Hazard Assessments (HAZOP & What If?)

  • Alkali Metals

  • Hazardous Materials

  • Pilot Plants

  • Skid-Mounted Systems

  • Batch and Continuous Processing

  • Building and Fire Codes (as they relate to hazardous materials)

Welcome to our world, where engineering excellence meets limitless possibilities. 

 With our unwavering commitment to innovation, we redefine what's possible and transform industries.

Join us on this extraordinary journey and unlock a world of unparalleled potential.

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