BASF: Ester Optimization


BASF increased their ester production by 15% by converting an existing reactor with internal heating and cooling to an external heating and cooling reactor. They called on CSA to improve the heating and vacuum control of the reactor during the esterification process.

We wrote the functional requirement specification (FRS) and were the project manager for all design and installation of instrumentation and electrical equipment. We also developed instrument and electrical bid packages.

We converted the existing DCS from a Rosemount RS3 DCS to DeltaV DCS. And we programmed the new reactors with new temperature and pressure profile controls.

We provided on-site startup services, and stayed on the job until we’d tested and refined everything to our and BASF’s complete satisfaction.

Services Provided:

  • Project management of all design and installation of instrumentation and electrical equipment
  • Development of instrument and electrical bid packages
  • FRS of the batch configuration
  • Conversion of RS3 DCS code to DeltaV code
  • Continuous and batch configuration of DeltaV system
  • Operator display development
  • Conventional I/O, Ethernet I/O
  • Electrical construction management
  • On-site startup services
  • Control system: Emerson DeltaV