Process Intensification (PI) is about reducing the size of chemical and other plant equipment to enable manufacturers to achieve major increases in process efficiency while reducing waste. In many cases, therefore, it can literally enable companies to ‘use less to produce more’.
NiTech’s technology contributes to the adoption of Process Intensification by enabling companies to switch from batch to continuous processing. Its “plug and produce” model enables it to operate within existing manufacturing processes. It also allows companies to redesign their manufacturing operations to capture additional savings.
This opportunity is well described by Peter Hobin, the manufacturing technology leader at lubricants company Infineum (a joint venture between ExxonMobil and Shell) in a paper to the European Process Intensification Conference in June 2011, where he noted: