Everything according to the rules – Hygiene design for fluid bed and spouted bed systems (German article)

Product safety for food, biotechnology or similar applications

Fluid bed and spouted bed systems of various designs and sizes are used for granulation, agglomeration, coating or heat transfer processes, such as drying or cooling, in various branches of industry. In the food industry, the focus of interest is on the production and packaging of a wide variety of solid product forms with precisely defined properties. In addition to product properties, production and product safety are also essential elements in establishing such processes. In particular, the respective hygienic conditions require compliance with special planning and design principles in plant conception. (article in german language)

» Author: Frank Ohlendorf, Head of Planning & Design, Process Technology Food, Feed & Fine Chemicals, Glatt Ingenieurtechnik GmbH

» originally published in the trade magazine ‘Chemie Technik’, issue 10/2012, Hüthig GmbH

Product safety for food, biotechnology or similar applications

Fluid bed and spouted bed systems of various designs and sizes are used for granulation, agglomeration, coating or heat transfer processes such as drying or cooling in a great variety of industries. In the food industry, the focus is on the production and finishing of various solid product forms with accurately defined properties. Besides product properties, also production and product safety are essential elements when establishing such processes. In particular relevant hygienic conditions require the compliance with specific planning and design principles for the plant concept.

Apart from the legal requirements in particular the EHEDG guidelines provide valuable directions and specifications for the hygienic and aseptic design of equipment, systems and complex production facilities. These have also to be considered for a hygienic conception of production processes for solid product forms. As a system provider of equipment for solids process engineering and an active member of the EHEDG-subgroup “dry material handling” Glatt Ingenieurtechnik Weimar makes its contribution to the development of guidelines in this field. Results from many years of experiences are considered in the relevant documents.

To be able to produce under hygienic conditions a HACCP concept is developed together with the customer. Various requirements resulting from this concept have to be considered. Glatt Ingenieurtechnik has many years of experiences in this field. Several production facilities with specific hygienic and cleaning requirements have already been constructed on customer order. Figure 1 shows a continuously operated production plant approved for dust explosive materials, meeting the highest design requirements. Among others, this plant excels by a GMP room concept, FDA-approved components and an engineering and construction in compliance with the EHEDG guidelines.