Technical papers

Process Technologies to Optimize Detergent Manufacturing

Process Technologies to Optimize Detergent Manufacturing

How can cleaning agents components be produced in a more environmentally friendly and effective way? With fluid bed and spouted bed technologies, plant manufacturer and process expert, Glatt Ingenieurtechnik, offers modern, established solutions.

As a manufacturer of consumer goods, the detergent industry must respond to megatrends like no other. One of these drivers is sustainability; eco-friendly biosurfactants have been available since 2009 and, now, alternative complexing agents such as α-ADA or MGDA-Na3 can be produced from renewable raw materials and used to replace phosphates. According to the German Zukunftsinstitut (Future Institute), the neo-ecology megatrend is causing a reorientation of the values of global society, culture and politics and will have a defining impact on the 2020s. Consumers and business partners alike are asking about transparent value creation and whether social aspects are being considered. As an example, seamless traceability has long been standard practice.
Yet, the ongoing microplastics debate calls for a rethink when it comes to encapsulated fragrances or when the fibres of functional clothing have to be fished out of wastewater. Solutions for all these requirements can only be realised if the chemical industry and original equipment manufacturers work closely together. Innovative raw materials is one side of the coin; technological advances in laundry washing is the other! ...


» Authors: Gudrun Ding, Head of Business Development Process Technology, Glatt Ingenieurtechnik GmbH
Arne Teiwes, Process Engineer, Process Technology Food, Feed & Fine Chemicals, Glatt Ingenieurtechnik GmbH


» originally published in SOFW Journal, issue 10/2020, Verlag für chemische Industrie H. Ziolkowsky GmbH

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The gentle processing of highly volatile oils by fluid bed and spouted bed technology

The gentle processing of highly volatile oils by fluid bed and spouted bed technology

Sensitive raw materials, especially those that are volatile or of natural origin, require particularly gentle process conditions. Spray granulation, spray coating and (micro)encapsulation procedures have proven to be methods of choice, as they enable high yields, low temperatures and bespoke properties.

When it comes to cosmetics, product development often focuses on proven, multifunctional ingredients. This is in addition to the ongoing demand for natural ingredients, as consumers increasingly look for effective cosmetic products that neither harm their health nor the environment. Glatt Ingenieurtechnik, the German expert in particle design, process development and plant engineering, offers unique particle processing solutions based on fluidised bed and spouted bed technologies for essential oils, collagens, active substances, stabilizers, enzymes, fragrances, aromas, vitamins and controlled release products, all of which can be optimally produced, protected and refined. ...


» NutraCos InCosmetics, May/August 2020 issue (B5 S.r.l., Italy)

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Improved performance for crop protection products by use of fluid bed and spouted bed technologies

Improved performance for crop protection products by use of fluid bed and spouted bed technologies

Product development usually focuses on the optimisation of successful products. That means improved effectiveness and storage, safer handling and easier dosing. Glatt, a German specialist in particle design, process development and plant engineering, is among the companies that offer fluid bed and spouted bed technologies to address these challenges. The almost unlimited possibilities of process design are provided by flow-mechanical and thermodynamic properties that facilitate processes for optimising powders and liquids, and refining them almost without restriction. Both concepts make it possible to thermally dry and functionalise raw materials economically in a single process step – batchwise or continuously, in single- or multi-stage processes, under protective gas as well as nitrogen. Drying and product design are thus possible in one process step using the same apparatus.

Dr Michael Jacob, Head of Process Technology Food, Feed & Fine Chemicals at Glatt Ingenieurtechnik, looks at the use of fluid bed and spouted bed technologies in crop protection.

» Speciality Chemicals Magazine September 2019 issue (TRMG Ltd., UK)

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Why Contract Manufacturing Is Both Critical And Crucial

Why Contract Manufacturing Is Both Critical And Crucial

For decades, large companies have outsourced production capabilities, thus driving globalisation – but also contributing to the decline of domestic industries. Digitalization, however, means it makes sense for more and more well-known global players to relocate production back to Europe. Contract  manufacturing, for example, gives an idea of where this journey can take us.

» Agro FOOD Industry Hi Tech – vol. 30(4) July/August 2019, S. 62–64 (TEKNOSCIENZE Srl, Milano)

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Phos4green: Fertiliser from phosphorus-containing ashes - Waste-free process using fluidized bed spray granulation

Fertiliser from phosphorus-containing ashes - Waste-free process using fluidized bed spray granulation

More than 90 °/o of the world's phosphorus reserves are outside Europe. For this reason, Germany regulates the recovery of phosphorus by law. As the amended Fertiliser Regulation restricts direct soil-bound recycling of sewage sludge containing phosphorus, many disposal companies will be forced to establish alternative recycling methods. Phos4green is a two-stage method that extracts phosphorus from sewage sludge ash and converts it into ready-to-use fertiliser granulates.

» cpp - chemical plants & processes, Issue 02/2019 (Konradin Verlag Robert Kohlhammer GmbH)

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Phos4green: recovery technology that releases phosphate from sewage sludge ashes and converts it into ready-to-use fertilizers

Phosphate recovery technology Phos4green is the "Rising Phoenix"

Jan Kirchhof, Glatt Ingenieurtechnik, Germany, presents a recovery technology that releases phosphate from sewage sludge ashes and converts it into ready-to-use fertilizers.

By using PHOS4green, including spray granulation in a fluidised bed, domestic phosphorus sources can be used and marketable fertilizers can be produced directly from sewage sludge ash. The process is suitable for the production of soil/plant-specific nutrient fertilizers that comply with the German Fertilizer Ordinance in this example. Of course, the production process precedes the sale. This can be done with a Glatt system or by commissioning a contract manufacturer. As the process is already established, contract manufacturing enables immediate implementation if a recycling process is prescribed by law or is required to protect the environment and avoid waste.

» World Fertilizer, Issue 03/2019 (Palladian Publications)

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The potential of fluidized bed plants for the production of special fertilizers

The potential of fluidized bed plants for the production of special fertilizers

Dr.-Ing. Michael Jacob, Head of Process Technology Food, Feed & Fine Chemicals, Glatt Ingenieurtechnik, Germany, explains why fluid bed systems are key to producing specialty fertilizers.

From improving durability and flowability through dust reduction to a pronounced depot effect or a targeted nutrient supply via better active ingredient distribution, fluidised bed technology can deliver many benefits. The shape and size of the fertilizer granules can be determined within a defined range. The quantity of fertilizer components delivered to the soil can be adapted optimally, and significantly higher product qualities can be achieved. Solubility and protection against external influences can also be markedly improved. In addition, fluidised bed processing, which has been in use since the 1960's, is one of the most effective drying techniques. The technology is particularly suitable for the manufacture of products that require safe handling and dosing – whether this is a high performance fertilizer, an artificial fertilizer, or a standard fertilizer based on regular components or recycled raw materials. One of the most interesting advantages of fluidised bed technology is that all of the necessary production steps can be carried out in a single continuous process without interruptions or machine changes.
» World Fertilizer, Issue 01-02/2019 (Palladian Publications)

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Techniki wytwarzania cząsteczek w technologii fluidalnej

Techniki wytwarzania cząsteczek w technologii fluidalnej

Technologie fluidalne zaliczają się do wiodących procesów w dziedzinie wytwarzania cząsteczek i doskonale nadają się do ekonomicznego wytwarzania nawozów z cieczy i proszków na masową skalę. Niniejszy artykuł przedstawia projekty dotyczące produkcji nawozów mocznikowych i fosforowych przy zastosowaniu granulacji fluidalnej.

» Magazyn Biomasa, Issue 03/2019 (Biomass Media Group sp. z o.o., Poland)

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Urea-based fertilizers by fluidised bed technology

Urea-based fertilizers by fluidised bed technology

Mike Waskow, Process Engineer, Process Technology Food, Feed & Fine Chemicals, Glatt Ingenieurtechnik GmbH in Weimar, explains how economical production of urea based fertilizers can be achieved using fluidised bed technology.
» World Fertilizer, issue 01-02/2018 (Palladian Publications)

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