High efficiency distillation column packing

Featured Product from CANNON Instrument Company


Pro-Pak® Distillation Packing

  • Ideal for Laboratory and Pilot Scale Distillation Columns
  • High Efficiency Design
  • Unique Wetting Properties
  • Atmospheric and Reduced Pressure Distillation Applications

For additional information read our Pro-Pak® bulletin

Pro-Pak® is a high efficiency distillation column packing with unique wetting properties. Applications range from laboratory and pilot plant distillation columns to those used in small manufacturing plants. Pro-Pak® is self wetting, so equilibrium time is reduced - distillations can be stopped and started without lengthy delay. The entire surface of the packing is available for mass transfer, contributing to its high efficiency. The shape of the packing eliminates interlocking and makes filling and emptying the column as easy as pouring water.

Pro-Pak® is formed from metal ribbon through which more than 1000 tiny holes per square inch have been punched. As the points of the die push through the metal, jagged burrs are formed on the reverse side of the ribbon. Pro-Pak®'s self-wetting properties derive from a rectangular network of capillaries on the surface of the metal, produced by the combined effect of the holes in the ribbon and the roughness of the burrs. These properties ensure that Pro-Pak® stays wet in service in the distillation column and retains its high efficiency. Because the surface area of the packing remains effective under low liquid loadings, high column efficiency is maintained at vapor velocities very much lower than the flooding velocity.

Pro-Pak® can be used for both atmospheric and reduced pressure distillations down to 10 mm Hg condenser pressure. As the operating pressure decreases, efficiency increases. The HETP (height equal to a theoretical plate) varies from 0.5 inch to 1.4 inch in a 1-inch diameter column, depending on operating pressure and reflux rate.

The large surface area made effective by the wettability of Pro-Pak® allows for efficient mass transfer between the liquid and vapor phases. The surface area is approximately 576 square feet per cubic foot for the 0.16-inch size and 372 square feet per cubic foot for the 0.24-inch size. The packing factor is 693 for the 0.16-inch size and 420 for the 0.24-inch size.

High free space is especially important in vacuum distillation (for reduction of pressure drop) and in extractive distillation and absorption (where high liquid or vapor loading is common). Pro-Pak® has high free space: 94% for the 0.16-inch size and 96% for the 0.24-inch size. Because of its high free space, Pro-Pak® has a high flood rate.

In addition to type 316 stainless steel packing, listed below, Pro-Pak® is also available in Monel, Nickel, Hastalloy C and Carpenter 20.

CANNON manufactures special interdistributor screens and hold down screens that provide optimum efficiency for Pro-Pak® columns. These screens are manufactured on a custom basis to fit any specified column diameter.

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Cannon Instrument Company delivers value to our customers by providing the highest quality instruments, services, and certified reference materials for the characterization of viscosity, rheology and other physical properties. At Cannon Instrument Company, we strive to be the trusted world leader in viscosity and physical property characterization.

CANNON Instrument Company has earned international acclaim for the quality of its viscosity-related products and services since its founding in 1938 by scientist, inventor, and educator Dr. Michael R. Cannon. The company's longstanding emphasis on production of premier-quality test equipment has kept CANNON at the cutting-edge of research and development.

Mission

Cannon Instrument Company delivers value to our customers by providing the highest quality instruments, services, and certified reference materials for the characterization of viscosity, rheology and other physical properties.

  • Accuracy, precision, and long-term reliability are the defining elements of our products and services.
  • Innovative spirit and a desire to exceed customer expectations are the traits that we value most in our employees.
  • As an internationally recognized expert in viscosity characterization, we seek to advance technology through our service and leadership in various international standardization and professional trade organizations.

 

Vision

At CANNON Instrument Company, we strive to be the trusted world leader in viscosity and physical property characterization. We are passionate about driving our financial growth through:

  • technological excellence and new product innovations
  • consistent manufacturing
  • market diversification
  • and an obsessive commitment to customer satisfaction

 

Quality Certifications
ISO 9001 Registration/Certification
CANNON's testing laboratory is ISO 9001 certified through Underwriters Laboratories.
We are ISO 9001 registered for the following products and services:

  • 3823 (US): Industrial Instruments for Measurement, Display, and Control of Process Variable; and Related Products.
  • The manufacture and certification of viscosity standards and the viscosity certification of customer-supplied materials.
  • The provision of calibration services for viscometer and kinematic viscosity thermometers.

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A2LA Accreditation
A2LA has accredited CANNON for technical competence in the field of calibration (certificate number 1262.01) and the production of certified reference materials (certificate number 1262.02) . The ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation covers the calibration of glass capillary and cup viscometers, the determination of kinematic and dynamic viscosity (including that of viscosity standards and the viscosity certification of customer samples), and the provision of calibration services for viscometers and kinematic viscosity thermometers. The ISO/IEC Guide 34 accreditation covers the production of certified reference materials for kinematic and dynamic viscosity oil standards.

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Click here to view a copy of our ISO/IEC Guide 34 A2LA accreditation scope.