The Thermal Process Experts
At Bepex, we’re known as the continuous process experts. And when we’re talking thermal processing, that means heating and cooling – and often both in the same equipment. Direct or indirect. Continuous or batch. From simple soup to complex polymers. We know process heating and cooling.
Why choose Bepex?
Too hot? Too cold? Or just right? It not just a problem for Goldilocks, it’s a challenge for many process engineers. At Bepex, we’re thermal processing experts. We’re known for our proprietary drying technologies, but all of our thermal products can be used either as a heater or cooler…and sometimes both in the same machine. Let us show you how.
Equipment. Experience. Expertise.
Bepex provides more than 100 years of experience in designing full-process heating and cooling systems. We offer the industry’s broadest selection of thermal processing equipment, plus the up- and downstream equipment needed to craft a total heating and cooling solution.
Exact Process Control
Bepex dryers can operate either under vacuum or pressure, which can shift the boiling point of the solvent to prevent product degradation. Other proprietary technologies offer complete thermal control to protect materials while still maximizing throughput – often with a surprisingly compact footprint.
Our Process Development Center works with you to design, test, optimize, and quantify the best heating and cooling solution. Equipment options are available for testing individually or as part of a fully simulated continuous system.
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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 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 Pulvocron air classifying mill uses high-speed impact and internal size classification to produce fine powders with narrow size distribution. Heat, dry, cool, mill all in one machine. Grind powders to a D50 as fine as 3 μm.
The Continuator allows processors to convert common batch processing applications into continuous operations – increasing throughput, cutting costs, and expanding downstream processing options. The indirect bed technology is used for pressure cooking, vacuum reactions, or long residence time devolatilization.
The PCX dispersion flash dryer processes high-moisture materials including non-pumpable wet cakes, pastes and slurries into a fine powder or small granules. No extra dilution is required for processing, meaning faster drying, less energy use, and lower emissions.
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.
The Purge Vessel is a long residence time hopper providing near-complete removal of volatile organic compounds from bulk solids. Its proprietary design offers superior material flow and a low-cost option for reducing volatiles from 1-2 percent to low PPM levels.
The Thermascrew conveys material while providing gentle, uniform heating, cooling, evaporating, or roasting. The slow-rotating rotor protects delicate materials, preserving particle shape and form. Thermascrew is used to convey and heat or cool liquids, slurries, powders, or granules.
The Solidaire thin layer paddle dryer offers the highest heat transfer coefficient available. Process dry or wet solids, liquids, slurries, cakes or pastes more efficiently, with more control, at lower cost. Solidaire applications include drying, devolatilizing, reacting, cooling, and crystallizing.
The TorusDisc dryer is designed for high heat loads and long residence times. The TorusDisc provides maximum heat transfer and complete processing control in a compact footprint, making it ideal for drying, reacting, crystallizing, and heating or cooling processes.
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.
Equipment and Expertise from the Thermal Processing Leader
Discover the advantages of Bepex heating and cooling equipment. Plus our process experts and design testing center will help you create the ideal thermal processing solution. Whether halting a reaction or bringing material up to temperature to start your process, Bepex will pair the right process at the right rate to help you achieve the best possible product. Contact a Bepex thermal processing expert to learn more.