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The Continuator bridges the gap between short residence time paddle dryers and long residence time disc or rotary dryers. An indirectly heated vessel and slow speed rotor keep materials in a heated, agitated state for precise control of drying or thermal reaction. Used in a variety of operations, including mixing, drying, reacting, and devolatilization. Able to operate in either batch or continuous mode, the Continuator is outfitted with either a ribbon-style rotor for homogenizing and blending, or a paddle style rotor for a more plug-flow type operation. The Continuator dryer is best suited for pre- or post-thermal treatment, or in batch operations for long reactions.


  • Operable in either batch or continuous modes
  • Ribbon style rotor when mixing and homogenizing multiple feeds while heating or cooling is necessary
  • Paddle/plow style rotor when operating in continuous processes
  • Residence time ranging from minutes to hours
  • Suited for both atmospheric and non-atmospheric operation
  • Multiple discharge designs available to best suit your process needs

Multiple rotor configurations provide flexibility in controlling material flow for varying operations. A paddle design provides conveyance in a plug-flow manner in continuous processing. A multi-directional ribbon design keeps material circulating throughout the vessel during batch processing, ensuring consistent blending and homogenizing of multiple materials. The Continuator can be designed to operate under vacuum or pressure, and gas can be injected directly into the process for additional reacting or to produce an inert environment.

Widely used in both polymer and food industry applications. In polymer applications, the Continuator typically serves as a longer residence operation in the removal of tightly entrapped volatiles, or in a controlled time and temperature reaction process. In the food industry, the Continuator is often employed in pressure cooking applications.

The Continuator jacketed blender is just one of the thermal technologies we employ to develop industrial process systems that meet your application requirements. At Bepex, we are committed to developing the best thermal process systems using the right technology. Between our proven industrial process equipment and decades of experience serving the industry, we are able to design an industrial thermal processing system that is right for you.

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Bepex has decades of experience in developing custom process systems centered around our Continuator. Contact us today to learn how we may be able to help you develop your process.

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