Past Project Examples

To illustrate bm4tech capabilities, here are some thumbnail summaries of completed projects.

Speciality Chemicals / Batch process optimisation
A European chemical producer had invested in a significant capacity increase for ester surfactants, involving transfer of production to a different site. However, they had problems with startup. 9 months after commissioning they had not been able to achieve target production rates or product specifications for any of the intended product range. bm4tech were asked to provide technical support for a project to modify and optimise process conditions. The bm4tech investigation identified problems with materials management, batch process control and interpretation of process analysis. bm4tech provided a structured program of recommendations to address these issues and to control variability, which resulted in stabilisation of the process and rapid achievement of design rates and specifications.

Insurance claim investigation / Polymerisation process failure.
A major chemical manufacturer had a series of operating problems with a licensed polymerisation process, eventually leading to an extended unplanned shutdown and significant loss of production. The resulting insurance claim was contested. bm4tech provided independent expert review of the investigations carried out by the producer and licensor. The bm4tech report translated the complex technical issues into an agreed framework of events and consequences, which the parties used as a basis for negotiating liability.

Due Diligence  / Speciality Chemical Acquisition.

A global chemical producer were carrying out due diligence on a North American synthetic lubricant manufacturer, with a view to acquisition and relocation of production to their own assets. bm4tech supported the process through expert interpretation of the target product range, in order to establish actual compositions and specifications, specify manufacturing equipment and logistic requirements and to estimate expected cost of manufacture of the target range on the client's assets.