Case Studies - Speciality Chemicals

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Optimising Plant Changeover / Cleaning Processes

A Britest methodology to support the optimisation of changeover/cleaning processes was used to help FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants address capacity constraints. Improvements to significantly time-consuming steps, and opportunities for improvements to existing CIP equipment were identified, along with a more ambitious opportunity to reduce the cleaning cycle time from 2-3 days to 12 hours through targeted use of a key cleaning solvent.

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- EFFECTIVE COLLABORATION- TECHNICAL FACILITATIONProcess EfficiencyProcess ImprovementSpeciality ChemicalsTOOL - Process Information Summary MapTOOL - Rich Pictures




Supporting scale-up in an innovative start-up business

Conductive Organics, is a University of Strathclyde spin-out company, working to produce the next generation of conductive organic materials for use in emerging technologies such as Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED's). A Britest study enabled Conductive Organics to address the challenge of scaling-up the synthesis of the key organic compound at the heart of their innovative formulations, and to gather underpinning information to support their emerging business plan.

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- WHOLE PROCESS UNDERSTANDINGProcess DesignScale-upSpeciality Chemicals




Troubleshooting Reaction Issues in Additives Manufacture

An example of how a Britest study enabled one of the world's leading formulators, manufacturers and marketers of fuel and lubricant additives to gain a fundamental understanding of the influence of raw material composition and process conditions on the properties of a free-radically produced polymer which wasn't always hitting the mark. Having identified an issue in a critical raw material, Infineum were able to agree a new monomer specification with their supplier and save £350k a year.

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- PROBLEM SOLVINGSpeciality ChemicalsTOOL - Driving Force AnalysisTOOL - Process Definition DiagramTOOL - Transformation Map




Collaboration, customer focus and value creation - delivering JM's core values

Johnson Matthey Emission Control Technologies develops and manufactures coated catalyst systems for automotive applications. This case study exemplifies a typical study where Britest tools act as a focus to bring together different disciplines and business locations in collaborative programmes allowing JM to deliver its core values.

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- EFFECTIVE COLLABORATIONProcess DesignSpeciality ChemicalsTOOL - Process Definition Diagram







Challenging ideas on an established manufacturing process

How do you reduce costs and drive value when you've been operating a process for 25 years? This Britest study with a fine chemical company did exactly that by challenging established idea of what was and wasn't optimal in the process chemistry to speed up and simplify the reaction route.

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- OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE- WHOLE PROCESS UNDERSTANDINGCustom ManufactureProcess DesignSpeciality Chemicals




Customer and Supplier Working Together as a Team

An illustration of how two Britest members in a supplier/customer relationship were able to use Britest as a framework for working together to solve a problem with a chemical intermediate product.

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- EFFECTIVE COLLABORATION- PROBLEM SOLVINGSpeciality Chemicals