Evaporation

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About the EVAPORATION

High Efficiency Solvent Recovery

As the cannabis, and hemp, industries grow, many large-scale manufacturers are finding ethanol to be the most efficient extraction method. As an extraction solvent, ethanol has proven to be effective, efficient, and safe to handle. While, there is always one major problem to address with ethanol extraction beyond the safety requirements: downstream solvent handling.

As with any effective extraction solvent, pure ethanol can be quite expensive. This is why closed-loop extraction systems have become the norm for the leaders in the industry. In a closed-loop system you are able to recover a large percentage of your solvent and can reuse the solvent many times over.

To recover that volume of alcohol, the laboratory would require a large rotary evaporator or a falling film evaporator.

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Rotary Evaporator Solvent Recovery Turnkey System

“Rotary evaporators are standard laboratory equipment found in nearly all laboratories.”

LM SCIENTIFIC

Safety & Compliance

Our ETL Certified Rotary evaporator turnkey system recovers solvents efficiently and fast, another important aspect of the rotovap is the safety features, which includes dry-run protection, water bath over-temperature shut-off protection, and fuse protection.

Easy to Operate

The rotating system is fitted with a special seal that allows the apparatus to be placed under vacuum, effectively reducing the boiling point of the solvents and removing the vapor phase, making the process much more efficient. Each unit is also equipped with an easy-to-use vacuum release and a continuous feed system, which allows solvent to be constantly drawn into the rotating flask without needing to stop the operation.

Turnkey system

This turnkey system comes equipped with high performance chillers, providing low temperatures and high flow rates for each condensing set-up. Our turnkey set-up also comes equipped with one of the highest quality vacuum pumps, which provides a superior vacuum with an oil-free, corrosion resistant system.

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Falling Film Evaporator

Industrial Scale Solvent Recovery system

For years, the industry standard for solvent recovery has been the rotary evaporator, or otherwise known as the RotoVap.  A generic 20L RotoVap has a recovery rate of about 1.5 gallons per hour. For small scale setups this may suffice, but large-scale manufacturers have been forced to run multiple RotoVaps. The working capacity is only the beginning of the limitations of a rotary evaporator. Which creates a big bottleneck in your system when processing large amounts of material.

Falling film evaporation is the most efficient, effective solution to solvent recovery. One machine can potentially fulfill the capacity of up to 20 RotoVaps! Falling Film is completely automated with a control panel for quick, easy operation. Material is only exposed to heat for 30 seconds! Compare that with 1 hour for RotoVaps. This all significantly increases your working capacity while lowering overal costs of your production.

“Falling film evaporator offers high solvent recovery rates and unparalleled efficiency, the FFE series saves you money and time.”

LM SCIENTIFIC
ModelFFE-100LFFE-200LFFE-500LFFE-1000L
Evaporation Rate (L/hr)1002005001000
Evaporator Part Dimension (cm)95 x 85 x 255110 x 90 x 275120 x 100 x 460140 x 120 x 520
Condenser Part Dimension (cm)120 x 85 x 230130 x 90 x 250130 x 100 x 420130 x 120 x 460
Feeding Pump (kW)0.370.370.370.75
Discharge Pump (Oil, kW)0.750.750.750.75
Discharge Pump (Ethanol, kW)0.750.750.750.75
Panel (kW)<50<50<50<50
Total Weight (kg)1000130015001800
Total Power (kW)4446.5
Electricity240V/3 P 60Hz240V/3 P 60Hz240V/3 P 60Hz240V/3 P 60Hz

FAQ

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According to the solvent volume, 2L, 3L, 5L’s machine is fit for lab and sample test; 5L, 10L, 20L’s machine is fit for medium experiment; 20L, 50L’s machine is fit for medium experiment and production, especially suitable for the extraction of metal ion-avoiding polluted material.

For rotary evaporator’s matching vacuum pump, we recommend water-circulating pump which can bear all sorts of solvent corrosion and can vacuumize to -0.095MPa. According to the solvent volume, we can offer various vacuum pump types.

Gum rubber is what we recommend for all vacuum tubing. Silicone or PVC tubing is what we recommend for chiller tubing. We also recommend using tubing insulation to provide the most stable temperatures possible. 

You can but you really shouldn’t. You can use an oil vacuum pump but it will quickly become ruined. Diaphragm vacuum pumps are lined with PTFE on the inside making them highly chemically resistant. If you use an oil vacuum pump with a rotovap, you will immediately notice that the pump oil will turn black and start to smell like ethanol. This is because the vapors are getting trapped in the oil case and contaminating the inside of the pump. This will dramatically decrease the lifespan of the pump and will force you to change oil very frequently. 

The Falling Film Evaporator units ship with everything required for operation; we can offer chiller or heater for the evaporator if you need.

Complete removal of solvent is hard to achieve with a single stage falling film evaporator. The amount of ethanol remaining in the concentrate is not too much.

The Falling Film Evaporator is designed to operate under vacuum, that is achieved with a low CFM water vacuum pump, it will increase the recovery efficiency and protect the concentrates.

One operator can comfortably start and run this machine.

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