Britest champions effective whole process understanding throughout the chemical, biochemical and related process industries.
We are a well-respected and agile not-for-profit company recognised internationally as a leading exponent of whole process design for the process industries. Our activities combine work funded and directed by our members, who represent a diverse range of leading global businesses and academic institutions, with flexible, responsive consultancy services for clients of every shape and size. Our dynamic innovation programme sustains a unique suite of tools, which our members and clients can deploy in their everyday activities to derive business value through more productive, competitive, safer and sustainable processes.
Our specialist technical facilitators help multidisciplinary development and manufacturing teams within companies, across supply chains, and in collaborative projects turn their working knowledge into impactful process understanding capable of driving innovation. Visually rich information capture and structuring tools enable our clients to assimilate and communicate insight critical to product and process development, successful problem solving and process improvement. The Britest approach has successfully delivered innovative solutions to key process and manufacturing challenges since 2001.
Britest is delighted to announce the launch of a newly developed safety screening tool for solvent based batch reactions. Exclusively available to registered Britest Advocates, BatchSafe is an easy to use spreadsheet based utility that enables the user to rapidly separate combinations of reaction and operating conditions that lie within a conservative basis of safe operation from those that require additional assessment and study as a prelude to scale-up.
Batch reactions carried out in solvent are prevalent throughout the process industries, for example in pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, fine chemicals and flavours and fragrances. It is expected that the tool will be particularly applicable to the needs of multi-product production facilities, which feature frequent change overs between products and new product introductions. BatchSafe compares the physical and thermal effects for exothermic reactions carried out in a range of solvents, including water. Some simple, conservative safe limits are proposed, and the tool can be useful to help identify better, safer operating conditions leading to more robust processes.
Registered Britest Advocates can download the tool and full supporting documentation on how to use it and interpret its output from the exclusive members area of our website.READ MORE
Britest has produced a self-guided online training tool drawing on the activities and findings of the recently concluded MultiCycle EU Innovation Action to support capacity building in industry and in education to promote the adoption of new recycling technologies. The materials in the guide may be adapted for reincorporation in other training and educational resources.
The MultiCycle EU Innovation Action ran from 2018-2022 and delivered an industrial recycling pilot plant for thermoplastic based multi-materials, demonstrating the shift to a circular economic model in multilayer packaging / flexible films and fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites in the automotive sector, as indicators of potential in many other segments. Some of the project's highlights have been captured in a series of case studies recently published and available from the MultiCycle website.
Britest can perform similar roles in dissemination of project results and embedding process understanding arising from collaborative innovation. Get in touch if you require assistance.READ MORE
At the core of Britest is a team of dedicated support specialists. Experts in Britest tools and study methods, they are also skilled technical facilitators, communicators, and mentors - in short all the back up your development and manufacturing teams need to maximise the benefits.