How many of you have used or are using the ExtractionTek MEP 20L or 30L? How do you like it? Our company is looking into which hydrocarbon extractor to purchase and have yet to pull the trigger. We are looking into the MEP and some others, yet the MEP looks more complicated to run than the other units. Could anyone give me a quick rundown or S.O.P for how you operate the system (doesn’t need to be exact). Our current extractor is just a single column with collection vessel that runs passively, so looking at the MEP I am taken back a bit.I understand how the system and process work very well. I would just like to know some basics about this machine before we purchase it and would not like to have to forgo the 6000$ and flight to Colorado for the training of a extractor we haven’t purchased yet. I understand the solvent inlet and outlet are on the left side and that each column is a top feed, also it uses a pneumatic pump. But, How fast does the pump need to run and when should I start recovery during the extraction? Does the solvent travel Inline through each column or does each column feed to the recovery chamber separately? Can all the columns have solvent dumped into them at the same time or does it need to occur one after the other? Does the extractor come with solvent storage tanks and quick connect lines? What are problems that occur with this extractor?
Any help would be appreciated,