Going Compact and Modular with Glatt’s New Continuous Agglomeration and Next-Generation Control Systems

May 29, 2018
Pharmaceutical Technology Editors

Glatt Ingenieurtechnik has added compact continuous agglomeration equipment and new control systems to its "modular plant engineering" portfolio.

Supplier of fluidized bed and spouted bed systems, Glatt, will showcase several new developments, including a compact system for continuous agglomeration and a modular control system that’s easy to customize at Achema 2018 (Frankfurt, June 11–15, 2018). 

Glatt will introduce a compact, newly developed fluidized bed system for the continuous spray agglomeration of fine powders and powder blends. ModFlex enables the production of uniformly porous, virtually dust-free, soluble, and easily dosed granules. The process also ensures the homogenous incorporation of ingredients into agglomerates. 

The gentle process ensures that functional properties of the ingredients are preserved. Designed for production volumes of 100–3000 kg/h, it’s particularly suitable for use in confined spaces or rooms with low ceilings, thanks to its compact design with space-saving filters

The ATEX-compliant, wash-in-place (WIP) version solves key challenges when processing powders: cleaning operations are semi- or fully automated, time-saving and effective, and explosive powders can be processed safely. Depending on the application, the spray nozzles can be supplied as either top or bottom spray versions.

Glatt’s next-generation process controllers, GlattView Varia, are also modular. Two standard variants are currently available, which can be customized according to customer requirements. Varia, the reasonably priced entry level version, offers a range of basic functions with the facility to upgrade at a later date. The Varia+ is designed for highly automated systems and provides extensive information and diagnostic functions. The scalable, open SCADA system for process visualization is based on the proven WINCC and is used with the latest generation of Siemens controllers. 

Specially developed add-ons can further increase process control and plant availability, and existing manufacturing execution systems (MES) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems can also be connected. The new control platform helps users to shorten delivery and commissioning times. Online customer support is available to provide help and advice.

Visitors can learn more about Glatt’s planning services for pharmaceutical and biotech sectors at Achema 2018, from single modules abd turnkey projects to product and process development services for granulation, coating and/or microencapsulation.

Source: Glatt, Hall 3.0, Booth F1