Global companies seeking to de-risk their supply chain could further lead to near-term and longterm opportunities for chemical companies in India. Thanks to its technology and process-oriented innovation competence, Glatt is the “one-stop-shop” as the development partner for research institutions and industry.
Originally published in ICN Indian Chemical News, Compendium 2021
Fluidised bed and spouted bed processes offer manufacturers almost unlimited possibilities in terms of optimised particle design and the functionalisation of ingredients, the properties of which can be fine-tuned. Glatt Ingenieurtechnik, Germany, is one of the leading suppliers of integrated plant solutions and, as an engineering service provider, knows how to tackle these issues. Together, the engineers plan and develop fluidised bed and spouted bed systems for the food, feed and chemical industries. Glatt’s technologies enable manufacturers to optimise the properties of a wide range of products.
Originally published in the trade journal ’Innovations-in-Food-Technology’, issue 11/2020
New services, capacities, employees: plant engineering expert Glatt Ingenieurtechnik marks its 30th anniversary with an investment in the future of its headquarters. From vitamins in animal feed and enzymes in detergents to powder materials for high-performance batteries, Glatt, the Germany-based plant manufacturer and process expert, is working on all of these in close cooperation with renowned research companies. In spring 2021, Glatt will expand its technology center in Weimar for the third time in twelve years.
For more than three decades, Glatt Ingenieurtechnik has been by its customers’ side, from laboratory through to production. These collaborations sometimes lead to ground-breaking new systems that have never previously been considered or designed. Some of these are available at the company’s headquarters in Weimar, which is why the plant manufacturer has expanded its technology center several times in recent years.
The latest developments include, for example, a fluid bed system made entirely of glass for processing special materials with the highest purity demands or for handling corrosive process media. There is also a fluid bed system that processes powders in temperatures up to 900°C, and a synthesis reactor that produces ultrafine powders in the nanometer and micrometer range in a pulsating gas stream, coats them and/or thermally post-treats them at a temperature of up to 1,300°C.
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 and Arne Teiwes, both Glatt Ingenieurtechnik GmbH.
Originally published in: SOFW Journal, issue 10/2020, Verlag für chemische Industrie H. Ziolkowsky GmbH
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.
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. / originally published in: Speciality Chemicals Magazine September 2019 issue (TRMG Ltd., UK)
Sprühagglomerierte Inhaltsstoffe lassen sich in heißem Wasser restlos auflösen und auch mit kalter Milch zu einem Shake mixen. Auch gesundheitsbewusste Verbraucher greifen zum schnellen Genuss: Sprühagglomeration in der Wirbelschicht hilft, Pulver für Instantprodukte schneller löslich zu machen und alle Eigenschaften exakt einzustellen. Hinzu kommt der Aspekt der Wirtschaftlichkeit, der insbesondere bei kontinuierlich arbeitenden Anlagen ins Gewicht fällt.
Weltweit steigen in nahezu allen Branchen die Anforderungen an die Funktionalität und Lebensdauer von Produkten. Die benötigten Hochleistungsmaterialien stellen die Material- und Werkstoffentwickler und damit auch die Pulverhersteller vor neue Herausforderungen. Materialien der Zukunft bedingen immer spezifischere Eigenschaftsprofile. Die Glatt Pulversynthese setzt Maßstäbe bei der Herstellung neuer Pulverwerkstoffe für Hochleistungskeramiken, Batteriewerkstoffe, Katalysatoren oder Spezialpigmente.
Der Anlagenbauer Glatt Ingenieurtechnik ist dank seiner technologie- und prozessorientierten Innovationskompetenz ein international gefragter Entwicklungspartner für Forschungsinstitutionen und die Industrie. Das Technologiezentrum ist der Hub für Partikeldesign: Hier entstehen aus F&E-Ideen neue Verfahren, Produktmuster, marktreife Pulver, Granulate und Pellets.
Dr. Michael Jacob ist Leiter Process Technology Food, Feed & Fine Chemicals und Prokurist bei Glatt Ingenieurtechnik in Weimar. Er zählt zu den prägenden Köpfen des Spitzenclusters Wigratec+ (Wirbelschicht-Granuliertechnik) Sachsen-Anhalt/Thüringen, des Verbundprojekts Pades (Partikeldesign Thüringen) und engagiert sich im Hochschulnetzwerk.
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