Dr.-Ing. Viktor Drescher, Glatt Ingenieurtechnik GmbH: “Plant concepts must be oriented to the customer, not the other way around”. Glatt, the plant manufacturer and process expert, accompanies users along the entire value chain – from the initial idea through feasibility studies and process development right through to the to the construction of the production facility. Novel plant concepts are are increasingly in demand. (Article in German language)
To make the properties of zirconium oxide powders, which are also used in other medical and technical products, even more specific, the particles can be coated. Glatt powder synthesis, a further development of the spray calcination process, is suitable for this purpose. The process enables the targeted adjustment of chemical as well as mineralogical compositions of material systems. The plant manufacturer Glatt Ingenieurtechnik operates various synthesis reactors and develops processes for highly complex powder systems.
Powder synthesis represents a novel process for the production, activation and coating of battery materials. By using a pulsating hot gas flow with adjustable frequencies and amplitudes, powders of the highest quality can be produced.
Whereas the battery capacity of computers and mobile devices has reached an acceptable level, the expectations of electromobility customers in terms of range and charging speed are not being met. The search for solutions to remedy these deficits is increasingly becoming a driver for innovative new battery materials. With Glatt powder synthesis, a novel type of cutting-edge technology is available that is already being used in the production, activation and coating of new types of battery materials.
Outside-in process from the plant manufacturer: From the idea to market maturity – the future is made by the team.
For decades, fluid bed equipment has been considered the top class for the production of dust-free, soluble or functional granulates and pellets. Why Glatt Ingenieurtechnik approaches product ideas with an open mind to technology and how this advances the customer’s innovation process. Whoever comes to Glatt is looking for exactly that. Synergy effects also result from cooperation with university partners and our involvement in competence networks and research projects. Our employees make a very significant contribution to the success of complex innovation projects; highly motivated colleagues who contribute their expertise and ability to think outside the box in collaboration with our customers. (German article)
In order to stay ahead in the race for the market success of new products, the concept phase is crucial. Through pre-engineering, the plant manufacturer Glatt puts investment decisions on a firm footing and enables sub-projects to be brought forward. (German article)
Although the benefits of pulsating multiphase flows and the concomitant opportunity to intensify heat and mass transfer processes for, e.g., drying, extraction or chemical reactions have been known for some time, the industrial implementation is still limited. This is particularly due to the lack of understanding of basic influencing factors, such as amplitude and frequency of the pulsating flow and the resulting particle dynamics. The pulsation generates oscillation of velocity, pressure, and temperature, intensifying the heat and mass transfer by a factor of up to five compared to stationary gas flow
How future materials become reality with fluid bed technologies and Glatt powder synthesis. Battery materials, 3D printing, phosphorus fertilizers, foodstuffs: thanks to its technology and process-oriented innovation expertise, plant manufacturer and process expert Glatt Ingenieurtechnik is a sought-after development partner in many branches of industry and in the research sector. The Technology Center at the Weimar headquarters is the hub for particle design of future materials. R&D ideas are turned into product samples with flame-retardant properties, for example, and market-ready beverage powders are developed here; the formulation for fertilizer granules with defined release and carbon pellets are being tinkered with. (German article)
Future materials such as high-energy and safe battery components, more economical membranes, orthopedic ceramics, functional additives or high-performance pigments must provide more than the current properties of existing material components. A common issue within each of these applications is the high levels of powder performance that are required. Therefore, completely new products or novel innovations require powder materials that must first be developed and then manufactured in the necessary quantities.
With APPtec®, plant manufacturer Glatt has succeeded in overcoming these challenges and established a mature continuous process technology to produce future materials at both laboratory scale for research purposes and at industrial levels. Time-consuming and risky scale-up procedures are eliminated because of the size-independent conditions — fluid mechanic and thermodynamic — that exist from lab- to commercial-scale production.
Materials of the future require increasingly specific property profiles. Glatt powder synthesis sets standards in the production of new powder materials for high-performance ceramics, battery materials, catalysts or special pigments. (Article in German language)
To commercialize next-generation cathode materials a lot of different synthesis methods need to be researched and evaluated regarding the attainable electrochemical properties of the materials on one hand, and the scalability of the process on the other. For the high voltage LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 cathode material especially the degradation of the material during cycling needs to be investigated for different scales and techniques. LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 (LNMO) was synthesized using two different methods in different scales: lab-scaled spray drying and pilot-scaled gas pulse drying.