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Christy Catalytics, LLC has strong presence at 2015 Asian Nitrogen + Syngas conference in Jakarta, Indonesia

Posted on Fri, Nov 20, 2015

The fourth annual Asian Nitrogen + Syngas conference was held in Jakarta Indonesia at the Ritz Carlton Mega Kunigan hotel from October 26th to 28th, 2015.

Christy Catalytics, LLC exhibited at this conference and our booth promoted our complete line of solutions for the Nitrogen & Syngas industry including inert bed supports for fixed bed catalytic and adsorbents reactors, refractory specialty shapes and tower packing for packed tower equipment.  Our growing marketing partnership with Blasch Ceramics was highlighted at our booth.

Many of Christy's regional marketing partners were in attendance to promote our ability to serve our growing Asian clientele including Mr. Tomo Mori [Japan], Mr. K.S. Yong [Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei] and Mr. Yoseph Wijaya [Indonesia].

The conference, with its range of technical papers and workshops as well as exhibit hall where key suppliers of products and services to the global nitrogen and syngas industry, offered end users in attendance an excellent overview of current technical and market trends and the ability to interface with key peers in their industry.

Christy Cataltyics, LLC looks forward to continued support of this prestigious event in future years.

From Left to right   Mr. Tomo Mori, Mr. Vernon Christensen, Mr. K.S. Yong, Mr. Yoseph Wijaya resized 600

From left to right:   Mr. Tomo Mori, Mr. Vernon Christensen, Mr. K.S. Yong, Mr. Yoseph Wijaya

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Tags: Mass Transfer, Synthesis Gas, hexagonal topping bricks, Nitrogen + Syngas Conference, alumina balls, Ceramic Balls

Christy Catalytics, LLC Employed Summer 2013 Intern

Posted on Thu, Aug 15, 2013

In the months of June and July of 2013, Christy Catalytics employed a summer intern, Yoel Wijaya (who is affiliated with Christy’s Indonesian agent, PT Anugrah Kurnia Abadi.) Yoel is a chemistry student of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

During his time at Christy, Yoel excelled at a wide range of tasks, including marketing research, data entry, accounting support, and technical support. The staff of Christy wishes him a successful senior year!

For more information about Christy Catalytics, call +1.314.773.7500, email us at CATCO@christyco.com, or visit us on the web at www.ChristyCatalytics.com.

Tags: Christy Catalytics, Indonesia, Announcements, PT Anugrah Kurnia Abadi

Christy Catalytics exhibits at AICHE Ammonia Safety Symposium

Posted on Fri, Nov 02, 2012

Christy Catalytics had the opportunity to exhibit at the AIChE Ammonia Safety Symposium in Chicago, IL, September 9-12th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. It was an excellent meeting and Christy got to interact with key decision makers  from around the world as well as attend valuable presentations relating to the Syngas Industry.

This was the first year Christy had a display table at this symposium and it proved to be a very rich experience. We hope to see many of this year’s attendees and more at next year’s meeting in Frankfurt, Germany!

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Christy Catalytics, LLC - Asia Nitrogen & Syngas 2012

Posted on Fri, Oct 19, 2012

Christy Catalytics, LLC recently exhibited at the inaugural Asia Nitrogen & Syngas 2012 Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from October 9-11 . With a first time attendance of over 170 delegates and 20 exhibitors, the venue gave Christy Catalytics, LLC the opportunity to interface with key industry contacts as well as learn about new developments related to the Nitrogen and Syngas industries worldwide.  Delegates who visited our booth were able to view our entire line of products and discuss their specific requirements with our staff. The Christy booth was manned by Vernon Christensen, Vice President of Sales and K.S. Yong, owner of Vertex Cartel. Vertex Cartel is  Christy Catalytics’ official and exclusive agent for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalem.

Per Vernon Christensen,  Christy’s Vice President of Sales, “the Kuala Lumpur conference was a resounding success and we look forward to participating in next year’s Asia Nitrogen & Syngas 2013.

Tags: Christy Catalytics, Nitrogen + Syngas Conference

Christy Catalytics exhibited at the Nitrogen & Syngas 2012

Posted on Wed, Aug 22, 2012

Christy Catalytics, LLC recently exhibited at the Nitrogen & Syngas 2012 Conference held in Athens, Greece from March  20-23 . With a record attendance of over 500 delegates and over 38 exhibitors, the venue gave Christy Catalytics, LLC the opportunity to interface with key industry contacts as well as learn about new developments related to the the Nitrogen and Syngas industries worldwide.  Delegates who visited our booth were able to view our entire line of products and discuss their specific requirements with our staff.

Per Vernon Christensen,  Christy’s Vice President of Sales, “the Athens conference was a resounding success and we look forward to participating in next year’s Nitrogen & Syngas 2013 conference to be held in Berlin, Germany  [March 5-8].”

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Tags: Christy Catalytics, Synthesis Gas, Nitrogen + Syngas Conference, alumina balls

Christy Catalytics' Notes From The 2011 SynGas Association Meeting

Posted on Wed, May 04, 2011

Christy Catalytics held forth at the 2011 SynGas Association meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma USA from April 25-27. Primarily focused on the ammonia industry, the 375 attendees included delegates from hydrogen facilities as well.

Christy’s exhibit featured its well known PROX-SVERS® inert catalyst bed support media, CUSTOM-CRAFTED™ Hexagonal Target Tile Secondary Reformer toppings, and random packing mass transfer media (saddles, raschig rings, and pall rings).   

Tags: Christy Catalytics, Synthesis Gas, alumina balls, hexagonal target tile

Notes From The Nitrogen + Syngas Conference in Duesseldorf Germany

Posted on Mon, Feb 28, 2011

Christy Catalytics participated in the Nitrogen + Syngas Conference in Duesseldorf Germany from February 20 to 23, 2011.  Organized by the UK-based consultancy CRU (www.crugroup.com), the conference draws attendees from throughout the globe to discuss issues and advancements associated with production and technology of the nitrogen value chain.

Christy’s stand exhibited its comprehensive offerings or high-temperature reactor internals (PROX-SVERS® alumina balls, ceramic balls, and alumina bricks and block), and of mass-transfer media (saddles, raschig rings, and pall rings).   The 2012 conference is planned for Athens, Greece.

Tags: Christy Catalytics, Nitrogen + Syngas Conference, alumina balls

Christy Exhibits at Synthesis Gas Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Posted on Tue, May 04, 2010

Christy Catalytics participated and exhibited in the 2010 SynGas Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma USA on April 19-21.  Over 375 interested parties attended the annual conference and symposium sponsored by the SynGas Association (www.syngasassociation.com) to discuss topics associated with ammonia production.   The meeting also welcomes those from methanol, hydrogen/HYCO, and GTL facilities with similar interests.

Featured in Christy's stand were newly introduced mass transfer products such as ceramic and metal saddles, alumina and metal raschig rings, and new low-dP alumina bed support media.  Next year's conference, in April, will again be in Tulsa.

Tags: Mass Transfer, Synthesis Gas

Catalyst Support Hold Down - Secondary Reformers

Posted on Thu, Dec 03, 2009

Secondary reformer catalyst hold down 

There are several different ways to provide a target and/or catalyst hold down in a secondary reformer. These same methods also apply for synthesis gas high and low temperature shift reactors, although a lower purity material could be substituted to reduce cost. These options are:

Several factors must be considered when selecting catalyst support hold down media:

  • Purity - Low silica is key with >99% alumina being considered the "gold standard".
  • Pressure Drop - Depending upon who you talk to, some insist low pressure drop is important; others insist that a higher pressure drop media is important in order to ensure good flow distribution across the top of the catalyst.
  • Size and Weight - Many secondary reformers have problems with the process gas flow dislocating the catalyst hold down material thus exposing the catalyst bed.  If this is a concern, the heavier the individual media piece, the less likely it is to be displaced during service.
  • Cost - Each of the above options has a different price per installed volume.  Price can be considered once the purity, pressure drop and size considerations have been addressed.

Based on our field experience and conversations with operators, catalyst vendors and engineering design personnel, we believe the following to be true:

  • Alumina lumps have by far the highest pressure drop due to their irregular shape, poor aerodynamic properties and thicker bed volume.  Due to their needle like shape, they have also been known to penetrate into the catalyst bed.
  • 50 mm and 76 mm alumina balls have significantly less pressure drop due to their round surface, consistent void volume and reduced volume required for loading. 76 mm alumina balls have approximately 30% lower dP than 50 mm alumina balls.
  • Hexagonal target tile is a little more difficult to install, but bench scale testing indicates that 64 mm thick hexagonal target tile with 19 mm holes have about half the dP of 76 mm diameter balls.  Due to their weight, they are also the least likely media to become dislocated during unit operation.

While past practice has primarily relied upon the use of alumina lumps and alumina balls, industry trends suggest the use of hexagonal target tile as the product of choice for the toughest applications where dislocation of the catalyst hold down media is a concern.

To ask additional questions or to share your own experiences about difficult catalyst hold down applications, please drop us a line.

Tags: alumina lumps, alumina balls, hexagonal target tile, catalyst hold down, secondary reformer