Cellulose derivatives

Efficiently gaining natural raw materials of high quality

Top quality

No matter which derivative you produce, such as methyl, micro or carboxymethyl cellulose – when it comes to filtration and washing, our filters offer you comprehensive advantages compared to other technologies. Highest product quality, maximum yield and efficient use of resources characterize our machines.

Efficient separation of salt

For cellulose derivatives – especially those soluble in water – the rotary pressure filter (type RPF) proves to be superior to traditional alternatives such as centrifuges. The rotary pressure filter facilitates cake treatment in several separate steps in a single system. The machine is compact and the temperature range can be set with great precision. Filtration and washing take place without the products gelling; the filtrate is free of solids and delivers a particularly high yield.                     

After separation of the mother liquor and filter cake, displacement washing is carried out in several steps. Salt can thus be efficiently removed from the filter cake. Thanks to its perfect piston flow, the rotary pressure filter offers effective penetration by the washing agent. Even though only minimal amounts of washing agent and water are required, the process stands up to the highest quality standards.

Benefits at a glance:

  • Continuous production
  • High product quality and yield
  • Minimum consumption of washing agents and solvents
  • Maximum safety

Minimum use of solvents

Minimum use of solvents

Our filters also enter the picture when top product quality and efficiency in the filtration process is required in the production of cellulose derivatives in solvents. Besides the rotary pressure filter, our indexing belt filter (BF) is also used in the production of cellulose derivatives. For every single application, we strive to achieve the optimum ratio of detergent concentration and filter size, thus enabling the safe production of high-purity derivatives while keeping solvent consumption as low as possible. Contact us.

Production of Alkali Cellulose

The first step in producing cellulose ethers is the preparation of the alkali cellulose. Depending on the task, the milled pulp is mixed homogeneously with water, ethanol, and sodium hydroxide. At this stage, optimal homogeneity of the mixture is of particular importance in order to achieve a high degree of alkalization. BHS agitators are designed to achieve best possible mixture homogeneity with uniform, controlled cooling. The BHS AVA HTC-T horizontal mixers and AVA HVW-T vertical mixers are particularly well suited to this process step.

Benefits at a glance:

  • Pressure range from -1 bar to +40 bar
  • Targeted temperature management through optimized heat transfer from the heating/cooling jacket to the product
  • Special ATEX requirements are taken into account
  • Complete equipment offering for the entire process chain

Production of Cellulose Ether


Production of Cellulose Ether

The first step in cellulose ether production, as described above, need not necessarily take place in a separate machine. The subsequent etherification through the addition of monochloroacetic acid (MCA), dimethyl ether (DME), and other additives can be performed using the same machine. Exothermic reactions cause process pressures of up to 40 bar. The recovery of solvents is carried out in the same reactor in a vacuum. The heatable and coolable BHS horizontal reactors AVA HTC-R are well suited to this application.

Homogenizing of Cellulose Ether

Homogenizing of Cellulose Ether

Several batches of cellulose ether are collected in a BHS vertical mixer and homogenized together with further additives (small components) in a short mixing time. The result is a consistently high-quality final product with no batch variations.

Granulation/Cooling of Modified Celluloses

Granulation/Cooling of Modified Celluloses

BHS Horizontal mixers AVA HTK-T and ring layer mixers AVA HRM are ideally suited to granulating and cooling cellulose ether. The high peripheral velocities of the ringlayer mixers agitators allow for increasing the particle size over a retention time of a few seconds to configure the system for subsequent process stages. Compact machines achieve high throughputs during this manufacturing stage.

Our machines in use

Rotary pressure filter (RPF)

A single rotation of the drum entails a number of different process steps, demonstrating the many facets of filtration.

Horizontal dryer (HTC-T/HTK-T)

Ultimate drying performance with optimized energy consumption.

Indexing belt filter (BF)

This type of vacuum filter is particularly gentle on sediments.

Vertical mixer (AVA HVW)

Gentle and intensive mixing with optimal complete discharge.

Tests give certainty

Which technology is the right one for your process? Don’t leave anything to chance. In our test center and filtration laboratory, we test according to your specifications and identify the optimal solution for you.

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