Pilot Scale Distillation Equipment Specifications

by B/R Instrument

These high efficiency, pilot scale distillation systems are an ideal tool for batch distillation in the 50 to 1000 liter range.

Every customer has their own unique needs. Customize the distillation system with the features that are right for you.

Construction: The most common choice is 304 stainless steel. It provides a good balance between corrosion resistance and price. The most economical material is carbon steel.

  • Carbon Steel
  • 304 Stainless Steel
  • 316 Stainless Steel

Boilers: The most common choice is the spherical boiler. The most economical is the cylindrical boiler

Optional View windows allow operator to see inside the boiler. Optional stirring improves heat transfer. Optional quench coils allow quick cooling of the boiler after the distillation is complete.

Boiler Shapes: Spherical and Cylindrical


  • View windows: See inside
  • Stirring: Better heat transfer
  • Quench Coils: Quick cool down

Distillation Column Diameter: The most common choice is the 100 mm diameter column. It provides a good balance of throughput and cost.

50, 70, 100 and 150 mm diameter (2 to 6 inches)

Distillation Column Height: Columns come in 15 plate sections which are approximately 110 cm high.

Most customers choose the 15 plate column which gives good separation and throughput. 30 and 45 theoretical plate columns give better separation but also slower throughput.

15, 30 or 45 theoretical plates

Optional Viewing Windows

Surface Finish: Choose from standard factory finish for steel surfaces or electro polished surfaces to reduce surface activity.

Steel Surface:

  • Standard Factory Finish
  • Electro Polished
Control: Choose a control system. Use B/R's automation or provide your own.
  • Automatic
  • Automatic with PC Interface
  • Manually Operated

Receivers: Receivers are available in a variety of sizes with optional drain valves and sight glasses

Or provide your own receiver: Many customers already have suitable vessels to collect the distilled material.

Sizes: 50 - 1000 liter


  • Drain valves
  • Sight glasses
  • Viewing Windows

Fraction Collection: Choose a fraction collector to collect one, two or 4 fractions.

  • 1 place
  • 2 place
  • 4 place

Vacuum Distillation: Vacuum reduces boiling points and removes oxygen from the distillation system. Materials that are thermally sensitive or high boiling may need to be distilled under vacuum.

Vacuum ranges:

  • 100 - 1.0 mmhg
  • Other ranges available

Common applications include:

  • Bio-diesel Distillation
  • Crude Oil Distillation
  • Essential Oil Distillation
  • Solvent Recycling
  • Chemical Purification
  • Research
  • Many More
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