North Carolina Patent of the Month – May 2023

Falling film evaporators are a popular tool used to turn a liquid substance into its gaseous form in various industries, including cannabis and pharmaceuticals. However, conventional falling film evaporators have high energy and resource consumption, making them cost-prohibitive for many labs. To overcome these issues, Ecodyst Inc. has introduced a new design for a falling film evaporator system that aims to reduce resource consumption, complexity and energy utilization.

Ecodyst prides itself on being the innovative creator of the next generation of rotary evaporators. Their self-cooling technology is aimed at increasing the efficiency and output while reducing the costs, footprint, and labor requirements. They believe their design will set new standards worldwide for scientific instruments.

The new falling film evaporator system from Ecodyst features an evaporator glass with vapor outlets and sample feed inlets. The evaporator tower is positioned partially inside the evaporator glass and includes an evaporator body, a dispensing bowl, or an egress hole positioned on top of the evaporator body, and a heating element partially inside the evaporator body. The system is designed to be more energy-efficient, reducing power consumption by up to 50%. 

The Ecodyst falling film evaporator system’s dispensing bowl  can receive sample liquid from sample feed inlets, and upon overflow, the sample liquid falls along the outer surface of the evaporator body, reducing the complexity of the system. The system’s heating element is also positioned to reduce complexity and allow for easy cleaning. Moreover, the system’s design is also intended to minimize water usage, significantly reducing the cost of running the evaporator.

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