Spray Drying – Production of Powders

In cosmetics, there is a selection of powdery products, such as eye shadow, blush, highlighter powder, face powder and body powder. To make these different powders, it needs different compositions.

Application

Spray drying is a technological method of producing a dry, fine powder from solutions, suspensions or emulsions, by rapidly drying with a hot gas. This is the preferred method of drying of many thermally-sensitive materials such as cosmetic products, pharmaceuticals and foods.

In most cases the air is blown in the same direction as the sprayed liquid (co-current) and a fine powder is produced. Various technologies are used in the spray drying process: Pressure nozzle atomization, two-fluid nozzle atomization and centrifugal atomization.

Challenge

For most spray drying systems, variable area flowmeters (VA-meters) with manual control valves are used. If inlet pressure prior to the manual valve changes, the gas flow becomes unstable. This creates non-repeatability and non-conformity in particle size of the process.

Solution

MEMS technology of the mass flow controllers (MFCs) provides for a 500ms rapid response. Plug-and-play functionality and no warm-up periods improve user productivity.

Vögtlin MFCs have a unique way of compensating for changes in ambient and gas temperature, which strongly improves the repeatability. The MEMS technology ensures a long-term stability without any drift.

The digital MFCs also allow to automate the process with the use of a digital control system. Gas flow readings are taken 3 times per second and can be stored using data logger software. Traceability of production can be guaranteed.

Key Features

  • High repeatability & reliability
  • High turndown ratio
  • Long-term stability
  • Short response time
  • Safe and fast control
  • Compact unit with high-quality components

Interfaces

  • Analog
  • Modbus RTU
  • Profibus DP-V0/DP-V1
  • Profinet
  • EtherCAT
  • EtherNet/IP
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