High-performance catalyst company Catacel to add second shift production



davidbeckerDemand for structured catalysts from Ohio-based Catacel Corp. is resulting in the addition of a production shift.

Dave Becker, Catacel vice president of manufacturing, is meeting the new demand with a clever resource management plan that will overlap Catacel’s experienced production staff with new second-shift employees. Process equipment and furnace schedules are also being adjusted to optimize utilization and streamline the output of catalyst-coated parts.

“This new burst of contracts comes just in advance of our planned move to larger facilities in the fourth quarter,” Becker says. “The timing isn’t quite perfect, but Catacel has always demonstrated excellent flexibility and creativity in meeting production demands.”

Catacel designs and manufactures structured catalysts, a technology in which catalysts are coated onto thin foil structures that are designed to address heat transfer, throughput and pressure drop requirements in reactors found in systems ranging from stationary fuel cells to industrial hydrogen steam methane reformers. Catacel’s structured catalysts have several benefits.

• They typically move heat into or away from a catalytic reaction with much higher efficiency.

• Superior heat transfer and reduced pressure drop mean fuel consumption for endothermic reactions such as steam methane reforming can be reduced by as much as 30 percent without change to reformate production.

• Exothermic reactions, those that create heat such as combustion reactions do, can be tapped for higher heat recuperation using Catacel structured catalyst technology, leading to additional system performance gains.

Catacel’s structured catalysts can be custom designed for specific systems and requirements, and range in geometry from coated flat strips to highly structured and engineered forms incorporating fins, fans, and various corrugated and wound configurations. 

The additional reaction surface area also leads to as much as 100 percent more service life than demonstrated by pellets. Because Catacel’s catalysts operate with lower levels of fuel combustion, severity is reduced on reactor hardware such as reformer tubes so that the service life of these expensive system components can be doubled.

For more information on Catacel structured catalysts, visit www.catacel.com or call (330) 527-0731, ext. 115.

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