Powtech 2016 Safety, Efficiency and Flexibility: Top-Trend at Powtech

Editor: M.A. Manja Wühr

The mechanical processing technology community will be flocking to Nuremberg from 19 to 21 April 2016, when around 900 exhibitors will showcase the latest technological developments in the manufacturing, processing and handling of powders, granules and bulk solids. Read more about the trends in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industry.

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The mechanical processing technology community will be flocking to Nuremberg from 19 to 21 April 2016.
The mechanical processing technology community will be flocking to Nuremberg from 19 to 21 April 2016.
(Picture: Nürnberg Messe)

Nuremberg/Germany – From 19 to 21 April 2016 Powtech will open its doors. During three day around 900 exhibitors will showcase in Nuremberg the latest technological developments for manufacturing, processing and handling powders, granules and bulk solids. What trend does the organizer set? Experts from the Experten food and feed industry will find several solutions for the integration of operational energy management into process control systems. The pharmaceutical industry benefits from a number of sterile technology and containment solutions. Mechanical processing experts from the chemical industry want to know how their individual production processes become more flexible and efficient.

Chemical Industry: Mixing Systems the Key Technology

In future therefore, more and more chemical products will be manufactured in successive synthesis steps. These chemicals are often prepared in high performance powder mixers and then decanted and packed. The active ingredients are usually extremely pure and in an extremely high concentration, which naturally imposes special requirements on the mixing technology and machines used. Matthias Böning, Sales Manager of Amixon, defines the requirements as follows: ideal mixing quality, micro-fine de-agglomeration, short mixing times, high-grade residue removal and flexible use for varying degrees of filling.

“Because of the regular wet cleaning that has to take place, operators are also calling for hygienic process equipment designs that are compact and space-saving,” continues Böning. “The trend in the industry is to complete as many processing steps as possible in smaller batches in a much reduced processing time. We have defined the resulting mixer requirements as a development objective and have brought out a new mixing system that achieves ideal mixes within just 20 to 60 seconds – despite using mixing tools with low rotational speeds. Rotationally symmetrical closing elements lower just a few centimetres and allow total evacuation in seconds, enabling large volume flows to be homogenised using small mixers.”

Food: Process Control Systems

The food industry in particularly is looking for solutions to resolve the conflict between economy and ecology and achieve a balance between cost-efficient production and responsibility towards the environment, consumers and legislation. Ultimately, the implementation of systematic energy management in accordance with the globally applicable ISO standard is proving not just to be the key to significant savings in operating costs but is also an effective marketing tool and a distinct competitive advantage. This is in no small part due to the partial exemption from the German renewable energy act levy and/or future exemption from the electricity and energy tax.

Food and feed specialists will find initial responses to these issues on a visit to Powtech. On display at the show will be process control systems that not only incorporate formula control, traceability or logging of material flows but also feature ultra-modern software solutions with highly efficient real-time databases capable of determining and processing all production-related data including energy parameters. Proleit, for example, will be introducing the latest version of its MES solution. “This product innovation can be implemented independently of our process control system. Data across all production areas can be analysed and summarised in reports,” explains Adrian Veit, Head of the Marketing Department at Proleit.

Pharma: Containment

Advanced innovations in medicines, for example for use in cancer treatment, are increasingly relying on highly active ingredients that necessitate sterile production environments. But what is more, there must be absolutely no contact between personnel and the product. This can be achieved using containment solutions that completely shield and isolate production processes.

At Powtech 2016, Leistritz Extrusionstechnik, for example, will demonstrate how a production facility can be built to satisfy the most stringent protection requirements according to Operator Exposure Level (OEL) 5. “A complete plant like this consists not just of dosing system and extruder but also an isolator with special design elements for cleaning and sluicing process components,” explains Albrecht Huber, Head of Business Unit Pharma Extrusion at Leistritz. “Pharmaceutical extrusion is a highly versatile process for manufacturing solid dosage forms and includes downstream technologies for cooling and shaping.”

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