The world wouldn’t be what it is today if it weren’t for engineering. Therefore, learning and pursuing a career in engineering is a top priority for many people. When it comes to developing technical equipment for engineering trainingEdibon stands out from the competition because its technical teaching material is now used all over the world.
The company was founded in Madrid, Spain in 1978 as a family business dedicated to distribution to other manufacturers. It was not until 1981 that they exported for the first time, to Mexico. Only a few years later, in 1984, they designed their first unit with SCADA, and 10 years later they developed their first EDIBON SCADA-NET (ESN). A major milestone was reached in 2005, when the company opened its first branch in Atlanta, USA. In 2007, they designed their first industrial teaching unit, a product that will guide their strategy for the years to come. After opening a branch in India in 2013, they then started building a new factory in the Technology and Science Park in Mostoles, Madrid. Edibon currently manufactures and exports its products to over 150 countries worldwide. In fact, approximately 98% of the company’s production is exported to institutions more than 140 countriesincluding both higher and technical education centers, as well as vocational or business training centers around the world.
The use of pilot plants
Edibon develops pilot plants in order to evaluate and analyze a set of unit operations, to then develop them on a real and larger scale. A pilot plant is then a smaller scale processing plant which is designed to be able to obtain information which can then be used to scale it into much larger processes. In these factories, we can carry out feasibility studies of designs and processes, thus reducing the cost of the initial investment. At present, one could also use simulators to study these processes, but they do not allow to predict the behavior or to obtain data of new processes before they are optimized. That is why pilot plants are much more beneficial for this purpose. Some of the pilot plants designed and visible on the Edibon site relate to chemical engineering or Food & Water technologies.
Unit operations in the chemical industry
We can define unit operations as the physical changes that take place in the processes within the chemical industry. They arise when studying different chemical processes in which a different operation is apparently performed, but they have the same basis. These operations can be classified into three types:
- Mass transfer: In this case, there is a change in the composition of matter, possibly including a chemical change. It includes distillation, absorption, adsorption, extraction, and ion exchange, and the change is primarily physical.
- Energy transfer: It is a change of energy that can lead to a change of state due to a change in pressure and/or temperature. This transfer includes evaporation, drying, lyophilization, sublimation, crystallization and humidification.
- Momentum transfer: In this type of operation, there is a change in the kinetic conditions of the material and this includes filtration, sedimentation, flotation and centrifugation.
By using their know-how (called SCADA in the environment of Edibon or Supervision Control and Data Acquisition), the company has become a leader in technical equipment for the training of engineers, reaching a global presence and becoming a key element in teaching and research in engineering.