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Closed loop vs Open loop Extractors

There is an endless number of components used in the industrial sector. Some of the materials are received from natural resources, while some others have to be synthesized chemically. Unlike the naturally obtained components that go into the production of various materials of daily use, the synthesized materials have to be optimized and extracted from various other sources.

The process of separating the constituent materials from a parent component can be a very precise and meticulous process. This is owing to the fact that most of the components that need to be separated from the parent materials are very difficult to be made into individual portions. Fortunately, companies like LeDab Canada have high-quality extraction tools and instruments that will take care of your hectic separation procedures.

One of the main advantages of extraction, as compared to other separation processes, is that it can be used in both plant-based and chemical-based procedures. This means that it has a very wide range of applications.

What is an extraction system?

An extraction system can be used to separate constituent particles from a parent material. This process employs the use of hydrocarbon-based solvents to wash over a particular material over a period. With the proper and meticulous use of the right solvents and ambient conditions of pressure and temperature, the desired components from the parent material start to separate. These particles are collected in tanks for later use and storage.

There are mainly two types of extraction systems:

  • Closed loop extraction system
  • Open loop extraction system

The main difference between the two is that in the open loop system, the solvents get in contact with air, while in closed loop extraction, the solvent and substrate are both isolated in a vacuum chamber.

Which is the better process?

Even though both open and closed loop extraction is widely used in the industry, there are some inherent advantages to the closed system as opposed to the other. This is mainly owing to the aforementioned difference in their contact with air and atmosphere.

As the name suggests, in closed loop extraction, the substrate and solvent are all enclosed in a closed chamber. This chamber is connected to other parts of the system using insulated and vacuum-based pathways. This will necessarily mean that the parts isolate the components on the inside from the atmosphere. These vacuum-based procedures enhance the cozy efficiency, effectiveness, quality, and safety of the whole process. This is why there is a huge inclination towards the closed loop system in the market over the open loop extractors.

To conclude, to be on the safer side, it is better to take sides with an experienced company providing closed-loop systems and perform your extraction procedures.