Coating Challenge? Bepex has you Covered.
At Bepex, we’re the experts in powder, particle, and granule creation. Often those shapes need to be coated. So we offer multiple coating options – either as part of the agglomeration process or as a spray-on process after forming.
Why choose Bepex?
Bepex solves tough coating challenges – from applying a hydrophobic coating to prevent moisture intrusion to coating food products with shortening or oil. Whether coating feed ingredients to prevent early nutrient release, or coating minerals to improve dispersibility in downstream processes, Bepex has the experience to develop your unique continuous coating solution.
Coating While Forming
Bepex paddle mixers such as the Hydramix, Turbulizer, and FlexTurbulizer can coat particles as part of a mixing and agglomeration process. Both Turbulizer designs feature high-shear and offer aggressive material agitation to prevent excessive particle enlargement while coating. The FlexTurbulizer’s self-cleaning design easily applies sticky coatings that would foul or clog traditional equipment.
Other Bepex agglomeration equipment can be equipped with a spray manifold to coat the particle after it is produced. These include the Fluid Bed stationary continuous dryer and the Extrud-O-Mix low-pressure extruder. Spray coating offers a gentler approach; ideal for coating delicate particles or applying thin coatings.
Expert Engineering Help
You provide the coating specs, we’ll design the equipment to apply it. Our Process Development Center helps scope, design, test, and quantify your equipment and entire production process. Along with our own equipment, we stock more than 100 complementary components to simulate an entire continuous processing system – including coating.
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Selecting the Right Thermal Processing Equipment
Most materials can be successfully treated using one or more of the thermal technologies commercially available today, such as direct, indirect, flash, and radiant drying.
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The Extrud-O-Mix bridges the gap between mixing/blending and particle enlargement equipment. It uniformly mixes powders and liquids, producing pastes or consistent, free-flowing pellets or granules. The Extrud-O-Mix combines the mixer, kneader, and extruder into a single unit, simplifying process flow.
The FlexTurbulizer is specifically designed to handle cohesive, sticky materials that traditional mixers can’t. Its flexible, self-cleaning mixing chamber eliminates solids buildup that fouls traditional mixers. The result: less downtime, more consistently rounded particles, and superior granule quality.
The Hydramix is designed to mix and hydrate during long residence times without particle degradation. Its self-cleaning design reduces material build up – providing more consistent operation, greater mixing capabilities, reduced maintenance, and support for difficult transitions during reaction processes.
The Turbulizer is built for near-instantaneous mixing or agglomeration of liquids and solids. Its high-speed rotor with adjustable paddles creates intense turbulence with short residence times to produce dust-free particles ranging in size from fine powders up to 2-3 mm.
The Fluid Bed dryer uses process air to fluidize the bed of solids, providing highly controlled, gentle drying, reacting, cooling, or curing. Its stationary design eliminates moving parts, resulting in a small footprint, less maintenance, and more uptime.
All new inquiries begin with a feasibility study. These studies aim to provide preliminary insights into the viability of a commercial process. Using as little as 100 grams of material, we can begin early process design, develop plans for pilot-testing and/or confirmation, and begin providing early economic estimates. Our experience across our wide range of technologies gives us a unique ability to provide quick feedback on the feasibility of your process.
From our learnings, we’ll begin the process development work. The primary work in this phase takes place in the form of pilot-scale testing in our Process Development Center. Our pilot tests look a bit different than what you may have experienced in the past. Each test is designed to measure the system performance and feasibility rather than that of any single machine.
Each system is custom assembled for each test. Our goal is to provide as much of a pilot-scale simulation as possible while gathering scale-up data to deliver on commercial capacities. When a certain technology proves ineffective, we’ll draw from our range of options to determine if there is a better fit. The Process Development Center is our sandbox to build, test, and revise to ensure we get every detail right.
With a successful pilot simulation completed, we now have everything we need to scale up and provide proposals for capital equipment with included performance guarantees.
System Design And Build
After receipt of the purchase order, we begin with both equipment and system engineering. Each proprietary technology we sell is custom-designed and built per application. We do not have any off-the-shelf units. At this stage, your exact system begins to take shape, including auxiliary equipment, process flow diagrams, process and instrumentation diagrams, safety provisions, and more.
After delivery and installation of your new system, Bepex will provide a mechanical check to ensure everything is placed according to plan. This is followed shortly thereafter by system commissioning. This is where our pilot-scale simulations become invaluable, as our team of application engineers, controls technicians, and sales engineers begin working with your team to successfully bring your system online.
At this point, you’re up and running at rate, producing a quality product, but our work doesn’t stop there.
Following commissioning, Bepex remains a reliable partner, providing quality OEM parts, immediate field service, process optimization, training, system troubleshooting, and more. We have consistently had high customer retention rates, and we believe it is due in large part to our comprehensive approach to serving our customers long after the original sale.
Creating Coating Solutions
Leverage Bepex equipment, experience and expertise to create your specific coating solution. Reach out to a Bepex process expert for no pressure, no hassle advice.