Powder Handling: 5 Reasons to Install a Cyclone Today

Powder Handling: 5 Reasons to Install a Cyclone Today

A Powder Recovery Cyclone is not typically seen as an essential piece of equipment for process rooms, but when customers experience the benefits, such as increased batch reconciliations and yields, then they often introduce more units to their process.

1. Improve Batch Loss Reconciliation
How accurate are your recorded losses? Where did the lost powder go? Powder loss during encapsulation or tableting is unavoidable, but a best practice approach to handling the material can go a long way to minimize the headache.

Most sites will already have connected their compression or encapsulation machine to a dust extraction source, but this does little to reconcile the powder losses. With yields typically reaching a few kilograms, it is important to verify how much powder you are losing, and where it is going. Especially in an era of increasing potency, proving the powder has been safely disposed of the following processing is vital. Importantly, the cyclone can be mounted inside the process room (adjacent to the processing machine) for maximum integrity of results. The simplicity and effectiveness of the cyclone can prevent time-consuming room shutdowns while investigating powder losses.

2. Saving Money and Downtime
On most pharmaceutical or nutraceutical blends, the cyclone typically operates with 90 – 99.9% efficiency. This means the majority of powder usually lost to the security filters of the CDE will instead be caught in the catch-pot of the cyclone.

An isolation valve fitted above the catch-pot allows the operator to remove and change the catch-pot when full, without ever shutting down production. With the majority of the waste powder now intercepted by the cyclone, the security filters of your dust extraction system will last far longer and prevent fluctuating air flow as filters become more blocked. This will stop the need for regular cleaning of the filters and significantly prolong their life between expensive replacements.

3. Easy to Install
The cyclone requires minimal installation, supplied with a simple wall bracket or mobile trolley, hence there is little impact on the process room and associated expensive installation costs. With Tri-Clamp connections on both the inlet and outlet, the cyclone can quickly be fitted in line with existing pipework. Similarly, the design causes minimal pressure drop with negligible loss of airflow from the existing dust extraction line.

4. Easy to Clean
The cyclone has no filters, no moving parts and can be fully disassembled using only quick release Tri-Clamp connections. This enables it to be rapidly dismantled, cleaned and returned to the process room.

5. ATEX Exempt
The cyclone has no moving parts and no filter and has been assessed by a notified body as ATEX exempt; this enables it to be safely used in environments up to ATEX Zone 0/20 (or Class1 Div1). As many process rooms now contend with ATEX regulations, equipment must be cautiously selected to meet explosion-proof criteria.

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