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Powtech 2013 Powtech 2013 in Nuremberg: the Mecca of Mechanical Processing

Editor: Tobias Hüser

From April 23–25, 2013 the world of shaking, agitating, mixing and grinding will once again be in the limelight at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg. 700 exhibitors from 26 countries will be powering up their machines and systems at Powtech as they showcase the latest processing technology, and up to 16,000 trade visitors have no intention of missing the action.

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Powtech-Time: Vom 23. bis 25. April dreht sich im Messezentrum Nürnberg wieder alles um mechanische Verfahren.
Powtech-Time: Vom 23. bis 25. April dreht sich im Messezentrum Nürnberg wieder alles um mechanische Verfahren.
(Picture: Nürnberg Messe)

Mechanical processing plays an indispensible role in the process industry. Mixers, conveying machines and metering and filling systems are needed wherever raw materials, semi-finished goods or end products are present in the form of powder, granulate or bulk solids. Complete solutions are increasingly becoming the preferred choice. Plant engineering teams and operators no longer want the hassle of having to piece together separate pieces of equipment. What they are looking for is partial or complete solutions which include engineering, installation and commissioning.

That makes a visit to this year’s Powtech in Nuremberg all the more important for anyone who wants to keep up with the latest developments. Complete systems containing well-coordinated combinations of individual machines are becoming the solution of choice. In response, more than 700 exhibitors will be featuring turn-key systems, user-definable interfaces to other process stages and connectivity to process control systems.

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Bulk and Powder Handling: Embedded Solutions Everywhere

Companies embed these solutions into the overall process flow, from the powder and bulk materials receiving dock and intralogistics to product storage in big bags and bulk silos. Mills, dispersing equipment and agitators naturally have their role to play. Visitors at the show will have the opportunity to explore the entire range of grinding and mixing technologies.

Besides special machinery such as colloid mills and mills for cryogenic grinding, the Powtech portfolio also includes lab and pilot-scale mills. Anyone walking around the show will notice the increasing tendency on the part of manufacturers to combine mixers with operations such as moistening and residue-free discharge of mixing apparatus. Chemical plants operators might also want to have a look at the latest filters and filter fabrics. The emphasis will be on particle separation, air purity and the purity of other gases. Axel Runge, President of Ruwac-Industriesauger, knows that performance, flexibility and cost are major priorities: “Users want systems that deliver high performance with low operating costs and have the flexibility to accommodate modifications as things change.”

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Partec Congress 2013
Experience the Fascination of Particle Technology

Parallel to Powtech small things will get big importance when Partec will take place — one of the largest international congresses devoted to all aspects of particle technology. Congress chairman Prof. Jonathan P. K. Seville from the University of Surrey in England reveals, why Partec is worth visiting.

Prof. Seville, what is the importance of Partec congress for science and industry?

Seville: Partec attracts a very wide mix of attendees, from both academia and industry, all meeting together in the same place and surrounded by the vast exhibition of particles-related equipment which reminds the academics what a big and important business this is.

What are the highlights of this year’s Partec program?

Seville: Of course there will be some very interesting presentations and posters on nanoscale particles and their amazing properties, on ways to make them and on how they might be incorporated in products. This is cutting edge stuff, requiring very sophisticated instrumentation. Equally impressive in my view are the advances that have been made in modelling particulate systems, incorporating nanoscale physics into models which are able to reproduce their collective behaviour.

What are hotly debated topics within the particle technology community at the moment?

Seville: Academics love to argue. But debate is good and science proceeds by the building up and knocking down of theories. There is no shortage of topics for debate — from the proper way to incorporate cohesion in Discrete Element Models to the practicality of supercritical routes in particle manufacture. We want people to express their views.

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