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Pilot Plants: Principles of Design, Operation and Maintenance

21 Professional Development Hours

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Improve your knowledge of common types of pilot plants in various branches of industry
  • Familiarize yourself with main design principles of pilot plants, their construction and efficient operation
  • Apply updated information on how to follow the start-up procedures and data acquisition
  • Recognize the need for analysis of capital and operation costs of operation in batch or continuous operation mode
  • Acquire an awareness of safety associated with operation of pilot plants and protection of personnel and environment
  • Make your company products more profitable by increasing the reliability of design procedure and data validation


The design of a commercial plant can be risky and very expensive if the available experience is not sufficient enough to scale up the information from bench scale laboratory tests. Unless one has extensive experience with similar materials and products, it is very wise approach to verify the laboratory results in a pilot plant.

An old saying: "Make your mistakes on a small scale and make your profit on a large scale", can be applied to pilot plants which represent intermediate stage between the laboratory simulation tests and the future industrial plant. In these cases, the decision to proceed with the full scale plant project will be based on a proven process, and on a more reliable economic estimate.

This course will cover all aspects of the consideration of pilot plants, including design, construction, and operation. It will explain the main design principles of pilot plants, selection of appropriate materials for fabrication and selection and installation of the vital components of equipment. Discussed will be the elements of financial aspects of pilot plants: systematic analysis of capital and operation costs of pilot plants will be provided. Attention in the course will also be devoted to instrumentation and control systems as well as to aspects of safety of personnel and environmental protection.

All course materials will be provided.

Course Outline

  • Pilot Plant Selection and Sizing
  • Location and Organization
  • Prototypes and Scale-Up
  • Stationary and Rotating Equipment
  • Utility Connections
  • Budget Control and Cost Optimization
  • Instrumentation and Control Systems
  • Safety and Alarm Systems
  • Inspection
  • Wastes and Environmental Protection

Who Should Attend

Engineers and Technicians • Operators of Pilot Plants • Maintenance Technical Personnel • 

Supervisors and Plant Managers • Consultants and Contractors • Inspectors and Technical personnel

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This course is currently scheduled on the following date. Click to learn even more details about this offering.

Online, 1/25/2023


Almost all of EPIC's courses offer :

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

These course credits will help attendees earn training requirements for their associations or provincial governing bodies.

This course can be customized and delivered to a group at your facility saving time and money.
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