Industrial Centrifuges: Comparing The Two Main Types

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Industrial centrifuges have a home in a variety of fields. The chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and food processing industries all rely on these tools to separate heterogeneous mixtures.

As the name suggests, the principle behind the operation of industrial centrifuges is centrifugal force. High-speed rotations that feature several revolutions per minute produce a high centrifugal force—one that allows the separation of solids/liquids to occur within minutes.

The machines used for this purpose can generally be divided into two categories: sedimentation and filter units. Here’s a look at how these two classifications differ.

Comparing Industrial Centrifuges: Sedimentation Versus Filtration

Sedimentation Centrifuges

In sedimentation centrifuges, high-density particles are pushed toward the periphery of the container. As they are collected along the outer edges, the closely packed nature of the individual particles removes the liquid from them.

These types of industrial centrifuges are used in the production of bulk drugs, the separation of blood cells and the biopharmaceutical analysis of drug parameters.

Filtering Centrifuges

In filtering centrifuges, particles are passed to the surface of a filtration media, such as a cloth or a screen. The filter catches the solid particles and prevents them from traveling outward with the rest of the liquid mixture.

Some applications of filtering centrifuges include the dewatering of washed salads prior to packaging as well as the production of orange juice that is pulp-free.

Optimizing the Performance of Industrial Centrifuges

While machine performance criteria often depends on the specific use, there are some shared characteristics of optimal industrial centrifuges. Separation efficiency, reduced waste and wear resistance are all universal features that fall under this umbrella.

The combination of design and manufacturing services at Switzer helps you meet this need. We leverage innovation and expertise to design high-precision metal parts that are manufacturable, scalable and repeatable. This not only ensures that your industrial centrifuges excel in their environment but that you have the most cost-effective means to create these machines.

Contact us today to learn how Switzer can help with your industrial centrifuge project.

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