Short Path

Short Path Distillation Unit

The agitated film Short Path Distillation Unit (SPDU) is a molecular distillation system for separating high molecular weight mixtures, based on differences in boiling point.

Vacuum pressures as low as 0.05 torr are utilized in order to lower vapor temperatures, and the internal condenser provides a short path for distillate vapor to travel with minimal pressure drop, for effective physical separation; these together combine to allow for the efficient separation of high molecular weight, thermally labile distillate products.

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Efficient Distillation

The Short Path Distillation Unit consists of 2 different models, with either a 6” WFE or 10” WFE. Crude oil with no residuals solvents can be fed at rates up to 50L/hr depending on the WFE model. Both systems are a single pass design, but a second pass can be done to achieve a high potency concentrate in the 90% range.

Features
  • Wiped Film Evaporators of either 6” or 10” diameter
  • Feed rates (10-50L) per hour
  • Fully automated controls
  • Evaporator temperature controlled with oil utilities
  • 10 gallon storage and collection vessels
  • Multi-pass capable system
  • 304L SS construction
  • Closed loop design
  • National Electrical Code Hazard Environment location ratings available (etc. C1D1)
  • Standard Power requirements: 208V, 3 Phase, 110amps
  • SIEMENS automation platforms with Endress+Hauser & IFM instrumentation
  • Flexibility to customize the equipment based on individual requirements, including additional ports, valves, instrumentation, or specialized features
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  • AISI 304 stainless steel, TIG weld construction
  • 304 and 316 stainless options
  • High-efficiency Polyurethane insulated vessels
  • Includes spray balls for easy CIP integration
  • Reinforced stainless steel legs, with leveling foot pads
  • Custom sizes and orientations to meet customer needs
  • UL listed, 508A control panels
  • Stainless steel handle Butterfly valves
  • Low or high speed agitator with explosion-proof motor
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Siemens automation platforms and interface

  • Over twenty automated feature add-ons
  • Smart device app for remote monitoring and operation
  • Material handling automation
  • Semi to fully automated CIP process options
  • Full temperature, COL, and blending vessel automation
  • SPX, FM, and E+H instrumentation and valves
  • Remote access service
  • UL listed, 508A control panels
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1. What is Short Path Extraction?
Short Path Extraction involves identifying the most direct path between thermal points within a system, processing, and molecular distillation processes. In the context of SPDU, it refers to the technology used for separating high molecular weight mixtures based on boiling point differences under vacuum conditions to preserve the quality of thermally labile compounds.

2. How does the Short Path Distillation Unit (SPDU) work?
An SPDU operates under low vacuum pressures (as low as 0.05 torr) to significantly reduce vapor pressure. This facilitates the efficient physical separation of complex mixtures by allowing a short path for distillate vapor to travel with minimal pressure drop. The system is designed for the distillation of high molecular weight, thermally labile products, ensuring their integrity during separation.

3. Why is SPDU technology important, and who uses it?
SPDU technology is crucial for industries requiring high-purity distillation processes, such as cannabis, plant material, pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, and essential oils. It benefits users by enabling the gentle and efficient separation of sensitive compounds without degradation, preserving their quality and integrity.

4. What are the unique features and benefits of the SPDU?
The SPDU boasts several key features, including wiped film evaporators of 6” or 10” diameters, adjustable feed rates, full automation, temperature control, multi-pass capability, and stainless steel construction. Benefits include high efficiency in separating complex mixtures, adaptability to process a wide range of materials, and customization options to meet specific operational needs. These features make SPDU an attractive option for achieving high-purity concentrates and processing thermally sensitive compounds.

5. How does vacuum pressure enhance SPDU performance?
Vacuum pressure lowers the boiling points of substances, enabling the distillation of heat-sensitive materials at lower temperatures than would be possible at atmospheric pressure. This method minimizes thermal degradation of delicate compounds, ensuring the distillate’s quality and purity. It’s a critical aspect of the SPDU’s design that allows for the efficient and gentle separation of complex mixtures.

6. Can the SPDU be customized for specific applications?
Yes, the SPDU is designed with flexibility in mind, allowing for customization based on individual requirements. This includes the addition of ports, valves, instrumentation, and specialized features to cater to specific distillation processes. Such adaptability ensures that users can optimize the system to meet their unique operational needs, making it a versatile solution for a variety of industrial applications.

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Efficient Distillation

The Short Path Distillation Unit consists of 2 different models, with either a 6” WFE or 10” WFE. Crude oil with no residuals solvents can be fed at rates up to 50L/hr depending on the WFE model. Both systems are a single pass design, but a second pass can be done to achieve a high potency concentrate in the 90% range.

Features & Options

Our equipment features are usually sold as add-ons by most manufacturers, sparing you the inconvenience and unexpected expenses of acquiring additional equipment, or services.

Auxiliary Equipment

Look to Deutsche to handle the entire scope of your project from utilities, sanitary piping, bulk storage, milling, CIP, conveyance, filtration, and custom equipment. Our dedicated manufacturing team and component partners provide the latest technology and most reliable ancillary equipment catered to your process.

Service & Support

Each project is assigned a dedicated engineer, ensuring personalized attention and expertise for your design, installation, control integration, programming, process piping, and field service needs. We’re also here to provide continuous equipment support and assist with system process inquiries.

Cleaning

We prioritize seamless CIP integration in all our equipment designs. Furthermore, we offer industry-leading CIP skids, carts, and steam sanitation options. Recognizing the importance of proper system sanitation to your bottom line and product quality, we’re committed to delivering custom-engineered cleaning processes, equipment, and solutions.

Automation

Customizable automation is the key to bringing higher quality, consistency, yields, and efficiencies to your system – no matter your industry or application. Choose to add specific instruments for insight into your process, add automated features to reduce dependence on labor or choose to fully automate your system for the ultimate hands-off experience.

Discover the Agitated Film Short Path Distillation Unit (SPDU)

Are you looking for an efficient solution to separate high molecular weight mixtures based on differences in boiling point? Look no further than our Agitated Film Short Path Distillation Unit (SPDU). This advanced molecular distillation system is designed to meet your unique needs, providing precise and effective separation for high molecular weight, thermally labile distillate products. Let’s dive into the details of this remarkable system and how it can benefit your operation.

Efficient Distillation

Our Short Path Distillation Unit is engineered for efficiency. It comes in two distinct models, featuring either a 6″ or 10″ Wiped Film Evaporator (WFE). Depending on the model, you can feed crude oil with no residual solvents at rates of up to 50 liters per hour. Both systems are designed for single-pass operation, but if you’re aiming for a high potency concentrate in the 90% range, a second pass is an option.

Key Features:

Wiped Film Evaporators: Choose between 6″ or 10″ diameter options to suit your production needs.

Durable Construction: Our units are constructed from AISI 304 stainless steel, ensuring long-lasting performance.

Automation Excellence: Siemens automation platforms and interface provide reliable and user-friendly controls.

Customizable: Enjoy flexibility with over twenty automated feature add-ons and the ability to customize equipment based on your specific requirements.

Smart Monitoring: Stay in control with a smart device app for remote monitoring and operation.

Temperature Control: Precise control of evaporator temperature with oil utilities.

Easy Cleaning: Includes spray balls for seamless Clean-In-Place (CIP) integration.

Material Handling Automation: Streamline your processes with automated material handling.

Storage and Collection: Equipped with 10-gallon storage and collection vessels.

Safety First: Designed with safety in mind, featuring reinforced stainless steel legs and various hazard environment location ratings.

Electrical Compatibility: Standard power requirements include 208V, 3 Phase, 110 amps.

Instrumentation Excellence: Utilize SPX, FM, and E+H instrumentation and valves for superior performance.

Closed-Loop Design: Optimal performance and control with a closed-loop design.

Flexibility: Customize your equipment with additional ports, valves, instrumentation, or specialized features to meet your unique needs.

Whether you’re working in the pharmaceutical, chemical, or any other industry that requires precise distillation, our Agitated Film Short Path Distillation Unit is designed to deliver consistent and high-quality results. With SIEMENS automation platforms and Endress+Hauser IFM instrumentation, you can trust in the reliability and accuracy of our system.

Experience the efficiency and versatility of our Short Path Distillation Unit for yourself. Contact us today to discuss your specific requirements and explore how our equipment can elevate your distillation processes to the next level. Your success is our priority, and we’re here to help you achieve it.

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