Reactors for Research

HEL has supplied stirred jacketed reactor systems to the Chemical R & D community for over 20 years. AutoLAB range caters for reactors from

250mL to 20L or more and are available in a range of configurations to suit any laboratory or application…

  • Low & High-pressure Reactions
  • Process Optimisation
  • Crystallisation
  • Polymeristion
  • Synthesis
  • Kilo-pilot/production plant

The AutoLAB has been design by chemists for chemists and feature a range of innovations to make the easy to use and to reduce training time and the need for specialist users to a minimum.

  • Manual or software controlled
  • Upgradeablity built-in by design
  • Tool-less couplings.

It is HEL’s industry-leading WinISO software control system that puts ?Auto? into AutoLAB. WinISO is feature-packed, allowing for standard datalogging and parameter control, but also multi-step recipes, feedback loops (eg pH Control). WinISO adds a responsive intelligence to the AutoLAB, but still delivers an intuitive interface requiring little or no training to get up and running.

Jacketed Reactors

The Standard Range

Reactors are available from a standard 250mL to 20L, but other sizes can be accomodated on request. Interchange of reactors is widely supported across the vessel range, with typically just a change of stirrer required. Self-sealing “Quick-Connects” remove the need to drain oil-jackets and make vessel interchange a quick and clean operation.

Reactors are divided into three basic types…

  • Glass with an oil jacket (with or without optional vacuum jacket)
  • Metal with an oil jacket
  • Metal with an electrical jacket.

A range of options are available within each of the catergories and your HEL representative can assist in the selection of the best vessel for a given application.

Standard vessels are rated to 250° C, and electrical heating allows for operations up to 500° C.

Under Pressure?

Pressure vessels are available in both glass and metal variants, with standard ratings of up to 6 and 100 bar respectively. As with all HEL systems, solutions above the standard ratings are possible – please contact your HEL representative for further information.

The Material Difference

Glass reactors are made from high-quality Borosilicate 3.3 (DIN/ISO 3585) and metal reactors are available in a range of materials…

  • Stainless Steel 316
  • Hastelloy

…are the common choices, offering excellent broad chemical resistance, suitable for the large majority of chemical processing activities. Other Steel alloys and specialist exotic materials such as…

  • Titanium
  • Inconel
  • etc.

The AutoLAB does have many more options like:

  • Stirring
  • Thermal Control
  • Liquid feed
  • Sampling
  • In-situ Spectrometer
  • etc. etc.

For more information see the website of HEL or download the brochure.

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