Accurate troubleshooting wins a coveted award for a joint BASF and Alfa Laval team

When the chemical company BASF had to replace a pair of worn out heat exchangers at their Antwerp Caprolactam plant, it seemed like an ordinary project. They designed an installation based on AlfaVap heat exchangers that offered an acceptable payback period.

DATE 2023-11-28

Two AlfaVaps at BAFS's plant provided by Alfa Laval.The BASF team decided to install two Alfa Vap heat exchangers from Alfa Laval. Their choice was simplified by the fact that the compact, extremely efficient, Alfa Vap’s were the only heat exchangers around that lived up to the requirements of the project.

When BASF opened the units, they saw they had crystallization because of a problem with the wetting rate. As soon as the difficulty was identified, Alfa Laval put their people on a plane and sent them over to help. "Alfa Laval helped us put together a provisional solution, and we were up and running again within four days!"


AlfaVap works magic on any company's evaporation and condensation costs. AlfaVap units take up much less expensive space, thus greatly reducing the investment cost. 



  • Reduction in waste water flow, TOC load and N-load
  • Increased recuperation of Caprolactam
  • Reduction in demineralised water
  • Reduction in maintenance
  • Fast, effective troubleshooting by Alfa Laval when difficulties developed

Customer's voice

As soon as we identified the problem, Alfa Laval was right there helping us to solve it in record time.

Sven Fastré

BASF project leader