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Tech Development

I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to our company and to briefly describe how we can help your department in regards to research development and safety services. My name is Andrew Grimmer and I am the General Manager for Continental Technologies. I am working in concert with our sister company Eltron Research & Development to offer your department our expertise in tech development.

Eltron has been an industrial lab for over 33 years and Continental Technologies has the capability to design, fabricate and operate anything from smaller than bench scale through pilot plant. We have had a lot of experience not only with running lab services for DOE, DOD, ARPA-E, and others, but also with scaling up various technologies (catalysts, separation membranes, etc) in a pilot plant utilizing our experience in R&D and big oil.

We are experts in safety systems, design philosophy, industry standards (in a variety of disciplines) data acquisition and general tech development. We can design and build small scale units for your students to use in a lab setting or if a member of the faculty needs a unit built to further their research. The scope and size of the project would be determined based upon your needs.

Graduate students and post-docs may be wizards in chemistry or chemical engineering, but they are not experts in safety systems, design philosophies, industry standards (in a variety of disciplines) or data acquisition. The odds are high that something will not go right and even if someone isn’t hurt, the exposure to cost and schedule overruns, poor data quality, etc. is very real. We have been doing this for over 33 years on a daily basis and have made and fixed all of the mistakes you can imagine. Use our expertise to help your project!

Here is the full range of support we can provide for new and existing tech development:


  • Design (preliminary and detailed)

    • Scope definition

      • What data are required to prove or kill the concept

      • What data are required for the next step in development

      • Mitigating risks (schedule, cost, performance, scalability, operational, lifetime, etc.)

      • Operations (24/7 vs. daylights; attended vs. unattended, telemetry vs. local, etc.)

    • Process design (PFD’s and P&ID’s)

    • Electrical, instrumentation and controls

    • Feeds, products and waste storage and handling

    • Data gathering, storage and analysis

    • Bill of Materials

    • Data and spec sheets

      • Materials of construction & operation

      • Relief and control valve sizing

      • Safety factors

      • Structural, line sizing, insulation, mechanical, controls

  • Generating requisitions (specs and standards and item counts)

  • Process Hazards Analysis (PHA)

  • Operating manuals

  • Spare parts list


  • Fabrication, Commissioning/Start-up

    • There are many questions to deal with such as do we insulate and then pressure test an entire assembly or do we pressure test and then put the insulation on? Do we pressure test with N2, air, water or some other fluid? What is the basis for setpoints for alarms, shutdowns and relief valves?

  • Operation

    • 24/7 and shift work scheduling

    • Feed stock and product delivery and removal

    • Spare parts and maintenance scheduling

  • Decommissioning and demolition

  • Establishing Systems

    • Safety

      • Goals

      • Roles & responsibilities

      • Training

        • Frequency & depth

        • Record keeping

    • Procedures

    • Emergencies

    • Audits and reporting

      • Lost workday incidents

      • Near misses

      • Information sharing with others

    • Chain of command including authority limitations

    • Change management

      • Who can make a change

      • What reviews, if any, are required before or after the change is done

      • Documenting changes on P&ID’s etc. (or not)

    • Operator training

      • Requirements before someone is allowed to operate an experiment

    • Cost control – design, construction and operation

    • Standards – design and operating

      • Industry (UL, ASME, etc.)

      • Institutional

      • Best practices (design, fab & operation)

      • PPE req’d (safety glasses, shoes, goggles, sensors, etc.)

      • Exposure limits (chemical and biological

    • Chemical hygiene

      • Labeling

      • Storage

      • Retention and Disposal

      • Leftover materials (dispose or re-use or ?)

    • First aid & CPR & AED (req’d for some/all?)

    • Spill prevention and clean-up

    • Air circulation and make-up/exhaust

    • Space (min ft^2 per researcher)

    • Showers/eye rinse stations

    • Fire extinguishers – numbers & location (& training to use)

  • Accounting & Bookkeeping

    • Setting up for FAR and DFAR (US fed govt)

    • Timesheets

    • Requisitions, Purchase orders, expediting, delivery

    • Cost control systems

    • Audits

    • Purchasing

    • HR (salaries, benefits, vacation, discipline, recruiting)


You might not need all of the services listed above, but there is a good probability that many would be beneficial. If you are interested in more of what we can provide tailored to your specific needs, please email me so we can set up a time to talk on the phone. I look forward to speaking with you. If you’d like more information on our companies, there are links posted at the top – feel free to visit our sites and see more of what we can do for you.



Andrew Grimmer

General Manager

Continental Technologies



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