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M-LANCE IN HOUSTON

In February 2019, Mourik successfully completed the first commercial-scale catalyst change-out utilizing M-Lance technology. The latest addition to the Mourik Catalyst Change System was applied during a turnaround of one of the largest reactors producing purified ethylene oxide (PEO) in North America.

Mourik set up two M-Lance machines to empty one of two EO-reactors. Simultaneously, a conventional airlancing team was deployed, allowing us to gather in-the-field comparison data. Previous experience showed that these particular reactors are at risk for polymerization, causing the catalyst particles to fuse together. These are particularly challenging to empty using conventional airlancing methods: an opportunity to stress test the M-Lance system.

CASE 1

Comparing production rates of M-Lance to manual airlancing in this realistic situation confirmed our progress one of the major design goals when developing M-Lance: to radically improve turnaround times of the unloading process.

Using one M-lance machine, a single operator was able to achieve peak production rates that up to quadrupled those of a manual airlance operator, confirming our expectations. M-Lance was able to empty three lances at the same time, while running at constant, high lancing speeds which are impossible to achieve when moving a lance by hand. Significant polymerization was found to be present in a large number of pipes, lowering net production rates to around double that of the manual airlancing team. The data gathered during this test will be used to further improve on the unblocking algorithms that M-Lance employs. We are confident that in this way, we will be able to further drive up raw unloading speeds.

While waiting for a set of tubes to be emptied, the M-Lance operator used our companion product M-Ty to double-check the unloading process. M-Ty proved to deliver reliable results in verifying the emptiness of pipes, allowing for further shortening of the total downtime.

Setting up the system proved to be more labour intensive compared to a standard airlancing setup, eating into our total time gains, which was anticipated. We are currently developing additional time-saving measures to further streamline the set-up process. Considering overhead for set-up of the system, we delivered considerable turnaround gains of up to 30% on the catalyst removal cycle when applying M-Lance instead of manual airlancing.

This change-out in a production environment has confirmed our belief that the M-Lance technology is the future of catalyst unloading: radically faster unloading with less people, in a safer working environment. During the coming months, our engineering teams will continue to refine the hardware and software to further enhance the M-Lance platform.

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Using one M-lance machine, 
a single operator was able to achieve peak production rates that up to quadrupled those of a manual airlance operator

CASE STUDIES

COMING SOON

CASE 2

COMING SOON

CASE 3

See how it works in practice

M-LANCE IN HOUSTON

CASE 1

In February 2019, Mourik successfully completed the first commercial-scale catalyst change-out utilizing M-Lance technology. The latest addition to the Mourik Catalyst Change System was applied during a turnaround of one of the largest reactors producing purified ethylene oxide (PEO) in North America.

Mourik set up two M-Lance machines to empty one of two EO-reactors. Simultaneously, a conventional airlancing team was deployed, allowing us to gather in-the-field comparison data. Previous experience showed that these particular reactors are at risk for polymerization, causing the catalyst particles to fuse together. These are particularly challenging to empty using conventional airlancing methods: an opportunity to stress test the M-Lance system.

Comparing production rates of M-Lance to manual airlancing in this realistic situation confirmed our progress one of the major design goals when developing M-Lance: to radically improve turnaround times of the unloading process.

Using one M-lance machine, a single operator was able to achieve peak production rates that up to quadrupled those of a manual airlance operator, confirming our expectations. M-Lance was able to empty three lances at the same time, while running at constant, high lancing speeds which are impossible to achieve when moving a lance by hand. Significant polymerization was found to be present in a large number of pipes, lowering net production rates to around double that of the manual airlancing team. The data gathered during this test will be used to further improve on the unblocking algorithms that M-Lance employs. We are confident that in this way, we will be able to further drive up raw unloading speeds.

While waiting for a set of tubes to be emptied, the M-Lance operator used our companion product M-Ty to double-check the unloading process. M-Ty proved to deliver reliable results in verifying the emptiness of pipes, allowing for further shortening of the total downtime.

Setting up the system proved to be more labour intensive compared to a standard airlancing setup, eating into our total time gains, which was anticipated. We are currently developing additional time-saving measures to further streamline the set-up process. Considering overhead for set-up of the system, we delivered considerable turnaround gains of up to 30% on the catalyst removal cycle when applying M-Lance instead of manual airlancing.

This change-out in a production environment has confirmed our belief that the M-Lance technology is the future of catalyst unloading: radically faster unloading with less people, in a safer working environment. During the coming months, our engineering teams will continue to refine the hardware and software to further enhance the M-Lance platform.

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Using one M-lance machine, a single operator was able to achieve peak production rates that up to quadrupled those of a manual airlance operator