Our Continuous Hybrid Reactor (CHR) is the newest member to our product lines. It uses heat and vacuum (<10 Torr, 0.19 psi) combined with paddles that continuously agitate the material while exposing more surface area to assist with reactions, polymerization, and the removal of monomers, volatiles, moisture, or off-gasses from your product. If required, some of these can be captured and recondensed for reuse or controlled disposal. This reactor can also be purged with an inert gas for oxygen sensitive applications. The improved heat transfer and mass transfer (mixing) increases the process efficiency, yield and quality of products at a much smaller footprint compared to conventional batch reactors. Additionally, the smaller reaction volume can offer a safety improvement for highly reactive or unstable processes.

The Continuous Hybrid Reactor from Readco Kurimoto has been designed to facilitate safe, repeatable, and efficient chemical reactions in a variety of applications. The proprietary design creates a deep vacuum to facilitate exceptional control over heat transfer rate, mixing intensity, residence time, and a variety of other common reaction conditions. The Continuous Hybrid Reactor can process elastomers, adhesives, sealants and other temperature- and/or oxygen-sensitive materials, and allows feeding of all primary liquids, slurries, or melted solid reactants, catalysts and other reagents through an injection port in the barrel.

The benefits of the Continuous Hybrid Reactor include:

  • Processing Temperature and Oxygen Sensitive Materials
  • Consistency, no Batch to Batch Variation
  • Processing High Viscosity Material
  • Easy to Clean & Maintain
  • Easy Process Automation
  • Plug Flow Characteristics
  • Safe Operation
  • Self-Wiping
  • Reduced Waste

The Readco Continuous Hybrid Reactor is used in processes involving:

  • Polymerization
  • Slow and fast reactions
  • Drying
  • Degassing
  • Evaporation
  • Solvent Removal & Recovery
  • Steam Stripping

Continuous Reaction Applications:

  • Polyester
  • Acrylic Resins
  • Polyamide Resins
  • Vinyl Acetate Resins
  • Polylactic Acid (PLA)
  • Polycarbonate Resins
  • Polybutylene Terephthalate
  • Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP)
  • Styrene-Butadiene Rubber (SSBR)
  • Special Olefin Series
  • Polystyrene
  • Polyethylene
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
  • Polycondensation of Glucose
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Food Drying