Since its establishment, CMIT has substantially invested and searched for resources, both human and financial, to further develop a strong design for the three-phase separation of heavy oil.

The incoming crude oil often carries a significant volume of asphaltene and sand, which interferes with fluid flow and separation vessel operation. Stable emulsions may be formed. To treat them adequately, several chemicals must be injected. The presence of inorganic solids can severely contribute to worsen the operating scenario, creating a nightmare for the operator.​​

The supply of heat becomes, at that point, the only possible and effective solution to separate water from heavy oil, provided gas bubbles have been already separated. On the contrary, the most common effect is the creation of a substance, which will reduce the efficiency of all the involved equipment.