Fluid bed technology is a core technology of GEA. We supply several different types of Fluid Bed units for application within food and dairy products, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. All are applied for drying and/or cooling of particles - powders, agglomerates or pellets - and for production of agglomerates and granulates from fine powders.Our Fluid Bed plants are all designed for our clients’ specific purposes, matching the industry specific standards and requirements. All are based on well-proven technology and incorporate the latest technology developments.
No matter the detailed application, the Fluid Bed is designed to process products as they float on a cushion of air or gas. The process air is supplied to the through a special perforated distributor plate and flows through the bed of solids at a velocity sufficient to support the weight of particles in a fluidized state. Bubbles form and collapse within the fluidized bed of material, promoting intense particle movement. In this state, the solids behave like a free flowing boiling liquid.
Very high heat and mass transfer values are obtained as a result of the intimate contact with the solids and the differential velocities between individual particles and the fluidizing gas.
FlexStream™ Fluid Bed Processor
FlexStream™ is a new multi-purpose processor that addresses the current shortfalls of traditional fluid bed processing, including linear scale-up, fully contained loading and unloading for Pharmaceutical applications.
Fluid Bed Dryer (Static)
GEA Static Fluid Beds are widely used throughout the process industries for drying, cooling and calcining of powders, crystals and granules.
Designed for small-scale granulation and research and development applications, particularly with potent actives, the PharmaConnect™ PLUS — based on the established combination of a single control unit with a diverse range of process modules — further benefits from both physical and control integration with GEA’s fluidized bed processors: the FlexStream™ 500 and the FlexStream™ 1000.
Potash Conditioning System
GEA supply complete conditioning systems featuring a conditioning drum and fluid bed suitable for glazing, polishing and drying of granular potash, significantly improving product quality and operating efficiency.