Conical Screw Vacuum Dryer

Series MF 010 - MF 600

The BOLZ-SUMMIX conical screw dryer is a vacuum contact dryer that is particularly suitable for drying hazardous and toxic products containing solvents or water, to a very low final moisture content, due to its closed design and indirect product heating.

As a result of its unique, very gentle mixing characteristics, even mechanically sensitive products are not destroyed; the product quality after the drying process is reproducible and as good as that of the initial product, whereas the driving force required is very low. The achievable, high vacuum ensures low drying temperatures (a clear advantage when drying temperature-sensitive products), good heat transfer and short drying times, while at the same time requiring little energy. The short drying times and the high level of the fully closed system make the conical dryer the best choice in cases in which environmental and/or product requirements are strict.

A directly fitted filter retains the dust particles in the processing space. Complete discharge and easy output ensure that you can continue to process your valuable products without a loss. Not just the solids, but also humidity and solvents can be recycled by the vacuum unit that has been integrated into the closed containment system.

Drive concepts for the conical screw dryer

The BOLZ-SUMMIX conical screw dryer and mixer both use the tried and trusted system of a rotating, self-supporting mixing screw. It is only attached at the top to a rotating swivel arm, which moves it as close as possible along the walls of the container, thus ensuring intensive but gentle mixing of both powders and other, comparable bulk goods.

The complete drive unit consists of a drive system with separate motors for the arm and the screw, located at the top and centrally within the lid.  The easy maintenance and exchangeability of the systems was one of the main specifications for the standardisation and design of the BOLZ-SUMMIX conical mixers and dryers.

Our modular and cartridge constructions for seals and bearings, together with the robust construction of the drive and swivel arm, ensure maximum availability and minimum downtime. The drive principle can be implemented either by means of a bevel gear or a belt drive. Both are proven technologies that have been used with great success in many installed systems. Each design has its own, special characteristics, its own advantages and a wide range of applications.

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Bevel gear drive
Afbeelding: MF010-MF600 bevel gear drive

The transmission of force from the screw motor to the screw takes place via a shaft and bevel gears.

  • Safety chamber with leakage indicator
  • Traditionally reliable bevel gear construction
  • ‚ÄčOption: The mixing screw can be heated to reduce the drying time and to avoid deposits

Inerting

Before filling any solvent wet products into the Cone screw dryer the equipment is inerted with nitrogen. This eliminates all oxygen and guaranties, that an explosive atmosphere inside the dryer is safely avoided.

Technical data

Special properties for the customer’s benefit:

  • Short drying times
  • Fully closed system 
  • Speeds adapted to the product characteristics 
  • Perfected CIP installations and complete drainage
  • Almost 100% product discharge 
  • Operator safe, product and environment friendly 
  • Hight process and product flexibility, drying, mixing, homogenising etc 
  • Filling volume 10 – 100% of working capacity 
  • Very high containment level, almost 100% solvent recovery 
  • Low drive power compared to other systems 
  • Very gentle product handling 
  • No buttom bearing up to 6m3 working capacity (easy discharge, easy cleaning) 
  • Safe, ATEX conform sealing system 
  • Wide variety of seal lubricants 
  • No lump breaker after drying process 
  • Clean room installation (Dryer discharge)


Special Options:

  • shorter drying times with heated screw
  • dry running mechanical seals

Technical data

Useful volume Self-supporting: 100 to 6 000 litres
With radial guidance: 6 000 to 15 000 litres
Variants         Optimised for pharmaceutical or chemical applications
Configuration      
  • Built and tested for all pressurised vessel regulations such as the pressure vessel directive, ASME, JIS, etc. and calculated according to AD-2000, ASME Code VIII, CODAP, SVDB, etc.
  • GMP- and cGMP-compatible, suitable for pharmaceutical and sanitary products
  • Polished or electropolished product areas
  • Externally polished or glassbead-blasted
Equipment   
  • Dust and vapour filter, heated and insulated
  • Discharge and filling valves
  • Optimised CIP devices
  • Instrumentation and process sensors, including PAT
  • Add-on components such as samplers, sprinkling ring, etc..
  • A range of variants for the screw, such as pharmaceutical screw conveyors, heated shafts or double-walled flights.
  • Available as an individual component or as a total system