Mantec Technical Ceramics has announced a welcome additional option to ceramics manufacturers as it widens its contract spray drying service. We have decades of expertise in this area, operating an atomising spray dryer on a batching basis.
Customers find the Mantec option to be particularly flexible and cost effective. Few companies in the small-to-medium sector have spray drying facilities but nevertheless require granulate for pressing and these products can be supplied via various routes.
Larger manufacturers routinely want certain batches to be produced by a third party, added to which they always need somewhere to turn when they experience bottlenecking or undercapacity on their own facilities.
In some sectors, a number of very traditional manufacturers now want to mix their use of slabbing and/or slipcasting with the ability to employ both hand-operated and automatic presses. It would never be economical for these companies to set up even a modest spray drying plant, which is where the Mantec service comes in.
Typical batch sizes processed are around 10 tons to 20 tons although we have a good deal of flexibility due to the nature of our operations. We know consistent quality is of paramount importance and our routine includes taking samples from the hopper chute and regularly testing on a portable moisture balance.
Spray Dried Bodies for Specific Industries:
- Electrical Porcelain Bodies
- Sanitaryware Bodies
- Catalyst Support Bodies
Spray Dried Bodies successfully produced contain:
- Ceramic Fluxes (e.g. Feldspar, Petalite)
- Flints and Silica
If a free-flowing dry or semi-dry granulate is required for pressing or you simply want to de-water slurries to produce dry or damp powders, Mantec’s spray drying may be an option worth considering.