Efficient liquid-liquid separations are an integral part of
many industrial processes. Water entrained in oil and other
hydrocarbon products can impede quality specifications.
Entrained oil in process water streams puts additional demands
on effluent treatment systems.
Under the present economic environment, processing
production demands push plants and existing equipment beyond
the original design capacity. Equipment that formerly made
clean-phase separations can no longer do so. And for new
plants, strong economic incentives push process designers to
incorporate equipment with smaller footprints to minimize
weight, plot space and capital costs.