- Halex (Fluorination)
Aarti Industries Limited (AIL) has evolved from being a vendor to becoming a partner of choice. Our four state-of-the-art R&D centres located at Dombivali and Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra, and Vapi in Gujarat, continuously work towards developing new products and finding a way to make by-products marketable. Equipped with modern machinery and dedicated laboratories, these research centres promise to further enhance the product portfolio and improve the manufacturing process.
Our R&D centres focus on new product development and creating solutions to convert our by-products into gainful products. A latest addition to our research capabilities is a large state-of-the-art research and technology centre at Navi Mumbai.
Our strategic focus is to become a reference in speciality chemicals and pharmaceuticals globally. In the long-run, we aim to further embrace open innovation and create a purposeful and sustainable organisation.
Backed by our expertise, technical know-how, experience and resources, we are ready to embrace growth opportunities and play a pivotal role in cementing our presence in the global chemical industry.
AIL has developed expertise in following chemistries:
AIL has a state-of-the-art analytical laboratory spread over 6,500 sq. ft. with an experienced and qualified team of scientists.
Chemical composition analysis applies combination of techniques that can cover a wide range of applications to obtain quantitative and qualitative information by determining chemical quality, identity, composition and potential impurities, with molecular structure elucidation and chemical structure confirmation.
Our facility in Navi Mumbai is a fully paperless laboratory. Using Electronic Laboratory Notebook system, experiments are recorded online and analysis requests and results are uploaded electronically along with the final reviews.
The paperless laboratory offers a database enriched with the details of experimental work spread over a span of three decades. It has provided our scientists with ready access to intelligent and experimental insights. The concept reduces duplication of work and allows our team to learn from the past and improvise in the future.
Other advantages include seamless inter-departmental communication, confidentiality and security of data, ease of use and researching experiments.
Reaction workstations are established to conduct various unit reactions
Our labs are equipped with modern experimental set-ups to conduct a range of large-scale as well as small-scale atmospheric pressure reactions. Fully automated advanced jacketed glass reactor set-ups help in easy control of parameters such as temperature, dosing, pH control dosing as well as data logging. We also conduct cryogenic (-70o C) and high temperature (>200o C) reactions.
A dedicated high pressure section has been developed with ballast-proof walls. The reactors are remotely controlled by PLC to avoid any exposure to research personnel and meet the best safety standards. Further, gas feeding, temperature control, cooling, liquid feeding, etc., can be controlled through software. The data obtained from the software is analysed in detail to see any abnormal thermochemical activity in the process. Reactors with various MOCs like SS316, Hastelloy C22, Zirconium, Tantalum, etc., are included in the facility.
Parallel reactors are being used for high throughput screening of reaction parameters and process optimisation using statistical design of experiments. Parallel reactors are also used for deviation study during process development.
React-IR: monitor the reaction
FBMR: monitor the particle size
pH: pH controlled dosing
Turbidity: solubility and metastable zone identification for crystallisation study
In-line viscosity measurement: viscosity measurement during the reaction
Jacketed Agitated Nutsche Filter:
Rotavators are used for solvent recovery:
Automated Fractional Distillation: Our facility is equipped with an automated distillation apparatus that can achieve separation of compounds with boiling point difference in the range of 1 °C. This distillation set-up provides flexibility for changing theoretical plates and reflux ratio. The data obtained from the lab helps while scaling up and designing pilot and plant scale distillation set-up. The distillation set-up are available in different MOCs: Glass, SS316, etc.
Based on the business requirement, a dedicated team of scientists develops certain strategic chemistries contributing towards multiple growth projects.
Following strategic chemistries are being developed:
Health, safety and environmental impact are key to product development. We have a dedicated process safety team and a process safety laboratory.
During the R&D process, our teams follow stringent process safety data management practices which generate process safety data that is utilised for in-house Process safety Risk Assessment (HAZOP).
There are essentially four major hazards in chemical processing:
Health and environment hazards are identified through the in-house SDS generated through SDS authoring software which is GHS compliant.
The chemical reaction hazards that may be generated during the chemical processing/storage. The three major chemical reaction hazards are:
A dedicated team equipped with advanced laboratory equipment conducts different process safety studies.
We also plan to include the following equipment shortly to turn our facility into a complete Chemical Reaction Hazard assessment facility.
1. Accelerating rate calorimeter-ARC (THT)
2. Reaction Calorimeter - RC (optimisation (up to 100bar) Hastelloy vessel)
We carry out thermal stability tests and other fire and explosion tests especially for powder safety testing. For quick results of powder safety testing, we have also extensive tie ups with third-party service providers. The data from these tests is assessed in-house in our laboratories.
We also plan to include the following equipment shortly for fire and explosion hazards
1. Minimum ignition energy-MIE
2. RFlash point
We undertake Hazop studies during the R&D process development to ensure our processes are inherently safe.
We have developed a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) which is a central database of all the GHS compliant products and chemicals being used at AIL. This online database is readily accessible to all employees.
In addition, an open communication channel for our products and requests for MSDS button is live on the website.
We are also setting up a waste pre-treatment study laboratory. The aim is to reduce the effluent load and treat it in the most economic and environment-friendly manner. A dedicated team will be assigned to treat the following parameters to achieve the CETP norms in aqueous and organic waste: