Hydrogenating Machine

How to Value Used Chemical Equipment

Hydrogenation is the process of adding hydrogen to something else. This chemical reaction requires the presence of a catalyst such as nickel or platinum.

You may use a hydrogenation machine to:

  • Alter a fat’s consistency.
  • Convert liquid oils into solid fats.
  • Stabilize oils and fats.
  • Increase edible oil and fat availability.

The hydrogenation process will reduce the number of double or triple bonds found in existing hydrocarbons. There are several hydrogenation processes, such as hydrocracking and hydrotreating.

Hydrocracking and Hydrotreating

In an industrial setting, a fixed bed plug flow reactor sends gas and liquid to downflow trickle bed reactors. This area is where hydrocracking and hydrotreating occur. 

Hydrotreating is a common process in the petroleum industry. It helps remove any unwanted compounds from the final product for higher-quality results. You can use hydrotreating to remove nitrogen, sulfur, metals or oxygen compounds.

On the other hand, hydrocracking takes large hydrocarbon molecules and breaks them into smaller ones. Hydrocracking occurs under high pressure and with elevated temperatures.

How It Applies to Different Industries

You can use a hydrogenation machine in multiple industries. Explore a few of them below.


The hydrogenation of oils process turns vegetable oil into solid or semisolid fats. Hydrogenation of these fats causes them to harden. The process improves flavor stability at a cost-effective price because it reduces unsaturation. Often, you will want to hydrogenate vegetable oil to either:

  • Convert natural fats or oils into a solid form with high consistency or melting points, which is helpful for margarine or shortening.
  • Enhance the oxidative stability of fats.

In the food industry, hydrogenated fat is a common substitute for butter fats. Hydrogenated fats and oils are less expensive and easier to store than butter fats.

Completing hydrogenation helps prevent flavor deterioration. The solid and semisolid fats made from hydrogenation are used in products such as:

  • Margarine
  • Candy
  • Spreads
  • Baked goods

You can create different degrees of hydrogenation, determining how easy it is to spread the food product.

Chemical or Pharmaceutical

You could also use a hydrogenation machine in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Hydrogenation of nitrobenzene produces aniline. The nitrobenzene is put with hydrogen inside a reactor, along with a noble metal catalyst.

Most aniline production is for the creation of methylene diisocyanate (MDI). Those in the pharmaceutical industry can also use hydrogenation to make chiral and other activated pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). 


The hydrocracking process is common in the diesel and gas industries. Here, the hydrocracker takes gas oil and cracks the heavy molecules in the presence of hydrogen and a catalyst to turn them into gasoline and distillate. The process can convert lower-quality gas oils into better and cleaner jet fuel, gas or diesel.

Hydrotreating is also important in the petroleum and gas industry. Impurities in petroleum can potentially damage catalysts, equipment and product quality. Hydrotreating removes these impurities, and it’s often completed before the hydrocracking process.

You have an old piece of equipment — or several pieces — that you need to get off your hands. Maybe you're upgrading to a newer model, or perhaps your facility's needs have changed, and you have to make space for other operations. Either way, selling used equipment that still has some life left can earn you a return on your investment, but how can you ensure you're getting the most bang for your buck?  Your equipment's resale value depends on various factors, many of which are beyond your control as a seller. However, understanding how each of these variables affects the asking price of your used equipment can inform your strategy and help you figure out how to get the best return on your investment.   6 Factors That Affect the Value of Used Equipment  Understanding what impacts used equipment values can help you determine whether you're getting a fair price. The following factors are the most influential in determining resale value.   1. Age  While it is true that older equipment generally has a lower resale value than newer pieces, every machine ages differently. For example, the value of a used air fin cooler will differ from that of a heat exchanger, even though they may be the same age. The extent of use is also more pivotal for some machines than others.   Depreciation plays a significant role in determining how much you can get for your used equipment. While its resale value is usually proportional to the original price, that depends on how long ago the manufacturer first released it. If it has been on the market for more than a few years, you may get a much lower price for it than you expect.  2. Condition  Equipment in good condition is usually more valuable than poorly maintained equipment, regardless of age or brand. For example, if you regularly perform preventive maintenance on an older dryer you're trying to resell, you're likely to get a better price for it than you would if you were trying to sell a newer model you neglected to maintain.   If you're considering selling your equipment or you plan to do so in the future, it's best to sell it while it's still in excellent condition. Perform regular preventive maintenance and inspect your equipment frequently to ensure it's working well. Your facility will experience less downtime, and you'll get a higher return on your investment.  3. Market Value  Changes in the market can dramatically change the price you can expect to get for your used equipment. Two overall markets affect resale value.  Forced-liquidation value: The expected value of an asset in a transaction involving one seller and many potential buyers. FLV is usually a factor in public auctions, where sales are subject to strict timelines, rather than with private resale.  Fair-market value: The typical retail value of equipment in an open, competitive market where both buyers and sellers are well-informed and mutually agree on the price. This price depends on several factors, including the original sale price, the extent of depreciation and the retail value of similar pieces.  Your used equipment's market value will fluctuate depending on the following factors.   Availability of like machines: When plenty of similar machines are saturating the market, your machine's value will inevitably decrease. Similarly, when there are few machines like yours available, you can set a higher asking price. Transportation costs: Depending on your equipment's size and weight, your buyer may need to make an additional investment to move it to their location.  Support costs: Some manufacturers will charge an additional fee to the buyer to supplement the support a second owner needs.   4. Economic Conditions  Changes in the overall state of the economy can significantly impact the value of used machinery. For example, chemical manufacturing plants process less product when a recession occurs, which leads to a decline in demand for equipment. During these periods, you're likely to make less on your sale than you would if you sold during a period of economic growth.  Critical economic factors to watch include:  Changes in political administrations Inflation Stock market fluctuations Interest rates  5. Parts Availability  This factor goes hand in hand with age. Eventually, your original equipment manufacturer will stop producing replacement parts for your equipment because it is now out of date.   You're most likely to get a better price for your equipment while your OEM still supports it. Before you sell, ensure replacement parts are still available and easy to obtain — this is when you'll probably get the best deal.   6. Timing  Properly timing your sale directly impacts resale value. Sometimes, you must get rid of your equipment immediately to make room for new acquisitions, so you opt for a selling method that gets the job done as quickly as possible. However, you're likely to lose out on sales that way.  If you can afford to wait for ideal market conditions, you're likely to have more opportunities to maximize your return.  Tips for Selling Used Equipment  Need some advice on where to start? Here are some additional tips and tricks for maximizing your return on investment.  Clean your equipment: A simple clean-up can work wonders in improving resale value. Performing a thorough cleaning can also help you identify any imperfections, which can impact your resale value.  Take photos and videos: Whether you're working with an equipment company or you plan to sell yourself, providing visual evidence of your equipment's condition can give your potential buyers confidence in their decision to purchase from you. Keep an eye on the market: Knowing how the resale market works is critical to getting the most for your used equipment. Watch price fluctuations and the changing availability of similar equipment to determine the best time to sell. Get an appraisal: Ask a certified equipment appraiser to determine your equipment's resale value. These professionals have years of experience under their belt, allowing them to accurately determine the fair market value of used machinery.  Why Should You Sell to Louisiana Chemical Equipment Company?  We're more than a premier international chemical equipment supplier — we're also a top buyer of chemical industry equipment. Our experienced appraisal team will consider anything you want to sell, from cooling towers to centrifuges.

Buying Used From Louisiana Chemical Equipment Company (LCEC)

At LCEC, we source used equipment such as hydrogenation machines to help you get what you need. Buying used machines and equipment from us offers several benefits, such as:

  • A cost-effective solution: New machines have high upfront costs — why pay extra when you can get a used product that runs the same way for a lower price point?
  • Immediate availability: If you see it for sale, we have it available. There are no lead times for used equipment when you shop with us.
  • Honest listings: All of our equipment is in the condition we tell you it is. We will never surprise or mislead you.
  • A solid reputation: We are well-known in this industry. We source quality used machines to ensure you get products you can rely on.

Contact LCEC to Learn More About Our Used Hydrogenation Machines

Are you ready to buy a used hydrogenation machine? Shop with Louisiana Chemical Equipment Company today. We’re here to help you find the used equipment you need to help your business succeed. We work on an international scale, so no matter where you are, our team can help. Contact us online today for more information!


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