Pilot Plant SimpleFilter™

Powder Systems Limited (PSL), based in Liverpool, UK designs and manufacturers Nutsche filter dryers for small-scale process development to large-scale manufacturing. PSL’s Nutsche Filter Dryers are well known for their efficient and quality designs developed for washing and isolating solids, even in the most difficult production processes.  Their unique technology enables reliable production scale-up and helps overcome traditional product development issues such as batch reproducibility and product uniformity. PSL’s technology can be used at all levels of production from R&D to pilot-scale and large-scale commercial manufacturing.

Filter Dryers combine the function of filtration with drying. They are not just filters that dry (this occurs when an inert gas is passed over a wet cake sitting on a Nutsche filter and is not repeatable). A filter dryer incorporates both unit operations via the use of low RPM, high torque agitator that turns over the solids in the cake to facilitate faster, more thorough and repeatable drying.  In the PSL lab and production scale systems, the agitator can be set via recipe to a specific depth within the cake in order to exactly quantify drying within a batch. With the use of the programmed automation features, these specific multiple height settings and agitation speed can be repeated from batch to batch to provide the exact same drying profile with each experiment or production run

What sets PSL small scale filter dryers apart is that the automation functions are incorporated into the small dryers we offer. Thus, data that is a function of defined experimentation (agitator height, RPM, inert drying gas flow) can be captured for scale-up.

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  • For both small-scale process development to large-scale manufacturing
  • Ergonomically designed filtration and drying solutions
  • Optional integrated containment systems
  • Simultaneous agitation and inert gas drying

PSL’s SimpleFilter is a cost-effective and user-friendly solution allowing efficient nutsche filtration and drying of small and pilot scale batches. It is a compact and mobile system that can be easily moved throughout different production areas within a same facility.

The SimpleFilter was developed to overcome well-known production challenges faced by manufacturers when using traditional production methods such as Büchner filtration and oven tray-drying. It is the ideal technology to successfully complete scale-up and scale-down activities and obtain predictive performance results.

The SimpleFilter consists of a single plate pressure & vacuum filter-dryer vessel equipped with a glove-bag containment system allowing simple and effective product discharge under nitrogen purge. Its vessel is available in different materials hence suiting a broad range of chemical processes.

  • 0.125m2 or 0.3m2 filtration area
  • 50L or 130L vessel volume
  • 6L to 90L cake volume
  • 316L Stainless Steel vessel with PFA coated 316L SS option
  • Polypropylene cloth mesh with 316L SS or Alloy 22 mesh option
  • With or without agitator
  • Agitator lift system can be manual or automated
  • WIP spray-ball with CIP spray-ring option