In developing industrial chemical processes, the first steps involve characterizing the chemical reactions and ways to increase their yield and efficiency. The scale-up phase is critical and complex, moving from benchtop, small-scale to full-scale industrial production. This phase is essential for validating the feasibility and economic viability of the chemical process in real-world manufacturing conditions. It involves a series of steps to successfully replicate the observations in the laboratory to a complete industrial plant scale. Although complex, scale-up ensures that innovation in catalysis and hydrogenation can be effectively applied in real-world manufacturing settings, meeting both technical and economic viability criteria.

How can scalable systems help in scale-up?

Using scalable systems is fundamental to overcoming the challenges that this last step can present. The flexibility of these systems allows for the testing and evaluation of different process parameters and conditions. The results obtained in this process enable researchers and engineers to identify the most efficient and cost-effective methods for large-scale production. Moreover, such systems can help to significantly reduce the time and resources necessary to achieve the goals in the scale-up phase, facilitating a smooth transition from laboratory to commercialization.