A major investment: BHS-Sonthofen opens a new, modern test center

July 27, 2019
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Including the exterior, the area of the test center covers 3,000 square meters.
On 26 July 2019, BHS-Sonthofen unveiled a new and modern test center in Sonthofen, Germany. The investment of €3.8 million underscores the Group’s leading position as a process consultant and solution provider for mechanical process technology with a focus on mixing, crushing, recycling and filtration technologies. BHS will perform production-scale tests at the center on all machines and processes offered by the company.

“BHS-Sonthofen considers itself first and foremost a specialist that develops optimal process engineering solutions in collaboration with its customers,” notes Dennis Kemmann, Managing Director at BHS-Sonthofen. “This is where we set new industry standards with the test center. The center allows us to map various processes and chain individual machines into systems on a much larger scale than before, as well as enabling us to set up more units overall.”

For all divisions, the technology leader in the fields of mixing, crushing, recycling and filtration technology performs tests with the customers’ material at the center. The equipment was significantly expanded and modernized in all areas compared to the old test center. The test center has extensive facilities for mixing, crushing and recycling technology as well as state-of-the-art separation technology for the separation of various materials.

There is a separate area for filtration that features a complete system with state-of-the-art process technology and end-to-end control, which runs self-sufficiently. In the future, BHS will be able to test customers’ design ideas independently and accurately examine the filtration behavior.

The investment also includes a state-of-the-art dust removal system that far exceeds the requirements of the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG). The system has a suction capacity of 42,000 cubic meters per hour. All facilities are state-of-the-art in terms of their safety features. BHS worked closely with the district authorities to obtain the appropriate permits. The sewage system installed by BHS also clearly exceeds the requirements. All wastewater produced is treated in-house, and certain materials are discharged separately.

The test center is housed on an area of 1,720 square meters, and the entire lot – including the exterior – covers over 3,000 square meters. In comparison, the old technical center measured only 935 square meters. The new hall is also completely closed off on all sides, which means that tests can be carried out regardless of the prevalent weather conditions. The test center will be up and running by the end of September.