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Factory and Site Acceptance Testing Guide for Pharmaceutical Equipment

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Jul 26, 2017 4:17:27 PM

 The Importance of FAT and SAT

Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) and Site Acceptance Testing (SAT) are essential when it comes to ensuring that your equipment was built to last. The FAT will help you visually  guarantee your equipment meets the specifications of the purchase order (P.O.), or contract. Following these 10 steps of successful testing will ensure the reliability of the product and provide necessary performance and operational function testing to make sure the equipment performs as designed and expected.  

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Topics: Pharmaceutical Equipment

Used vs. New: Buying Pure Steam and Water-for-Injection Equipment

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Jul 20, 2017 2:12:48 PM


A tight timeline or a limited budget may leave you considering used pharmaceutical equipment for your new project or product expansion.

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Topics: Pharmaceutical

PyroPure® Systems Training for Operational Efficiency

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Jul 7, 2017 12:15:55 PM


At Paul Mueller Company, we believe in quality that works for you and your end users. In addition to providing  products, we also provide educational opportunities for our customers, so they can develop a deeper knowledge of their equipment. Paul Mueller Company’s unique, customer-focused event, PyroPure®  Systems Training, has proven results with 100% of surveyed participants stating they would recommend this training to others!

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Topics: Pharmaceutical Equipment

How to Install a Manway into a Small Tank Head - [Video]

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Jun 30, 2017 10:18:34 AM

 2 minute read or watch

Getting a manway out of round can seriously hinder your production schedule and in some cases can even cause unrepairable damage to your manway. Today, Jeremy is going to show you how to install a manway in a small tank head while keeping it round in the process.

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Topics: Tank Repair, Tank Heads, Components, Manways

How a Craft Brewery Grew to 10,000 BBL - Video

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Jun 8, 2017 9:07:31 AM


When the O'Fallon Brewery team in St. Louis, Missouri dreamed of growing from a 4,500 BBL to a 10,000 BBL per year facility, they knew exactly what they wanted - how to get there was another story.  What started with a drawing on a paper napkin at the Craft Brewer's Conference has now moved O'Fallon from a microbrewery to a regional craft brewery in charge of their own destiny.

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Topics: Brewery Equipment

3 Great Examples of Custom Brewery Solutions

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Jun 5, 2017 9:18:50 AM


Your new or expanded brewery dream isn't run of the mill.  It calls for an engineered-to-order equipment solution.  Our on-staff experts work with breweries around the world to craft solutions that will work for any build or expansion.  Below are three examples that show, no matter what the circumstances, together we can collaborate our way to success. 

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Methods to Add Hop Aroma to Beer

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on May 30, 2017 8:52:45 AM


What are Hops

Hops are harvested once a year, starting in mid-August and ending in early September. Hops are used in the brewing process to add aroma and bitterness.  Typically, all beers contain at least one hop variety, in order to balance the sweetness of the malt with the bitterness of the hop. The strength of the hop character can be determined by the quantity of hops put in and at what point during the brewing process it occurs. In general, the later hops are added the more aromatic the beer becomes, but it takes ample trial and error to find the perfect time to add the perfect hop in order to create your desired flavor. 


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Topics: Brewery Equipment

Different Types of Vacuum Relief Valves - [VIDEO]

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on May 30, 2017 7:34:36 AM

Although it is impressive how fast you can implode a tank, no one wants to lose a fermenter or bright tank to vacuum failure.  The good news is you can prevent vacuum failure with minimal effort.   You just need the right size and type of vacuum relief valve for your situation.

There are several different types of relief valves to choose from.  Ashton Lewis, Master Brewer-in-Residence for Paul Mueller Company, gives us a quick rundown on the main differences.

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Topics: Brewery Equipment, Components

Heat Exchange Technology for Open-Heart Surgery

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on May 15, 2017 10:32:43 AM



When a person has open-heart surgery, the heart is actually stopped for several hours so the surgeon can perform the procedure.   In order to avoid heart tissue damage, the body is cooled from it's normal 98.5° F to a chilly 82.4-89.6 ° F, thereby reducing the body's need for oxygen.

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Heat Recovery In a Chemical Processing Plant

Posted by Paul Mueller Academy Staff on Apr 24, 2017 1:39:04 PM


You have the difficult task of identifying processes in your facility where you can “go green”. There are hidden opportunities throughout your plant to be more sustainable and efficient, but you need someone who’s an expert on the subject to pinpoint them and provide solutions. If your company is implementing or has implemented a comprehensive sustainability policy, heat recovery may be a way to reach your goals. Here is one example to get you thinking about your specific opportunities.

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Topics: Temp-Plate, Heat Transfer, Chemical Processing

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Teaching and sharing ideas has long been part of the rich heritage at Paul Mueller Company.  We have almost a century of quality craftsmanship guiding the way we apply new learnings. Paul Mueller Company Academy is a collection point for those learnings, so we can collaborate and grow more successful together. You will find articles, blogs, guides, infographics and more dedicated to furthering knowledge for all, in the world of stainless steel processing equipment solutions. 

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