Fluid Beds and Fluid Bed Systems

Fluid Bed Coaters, Granulators, Dryers, Reactors, Heaters

Since 1981, Applied Chemical Technology (ACT) has provided high quality, low cost fluid bed solutions to clients around the globe. Our fluidized beds serve many industries producing industrial chemicals, fine chemicals, fertilizers, food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and more. Over the years, our experienced engineers, designers, and craftsmen have built hundreds of fluid beds and fluid bed systems. Our experience enables us to efficiently design and fabricate the perfect fluid bed or fluid bed system to integrate into your existing plant or for your new processing plant. We also have bench scale and pilot plant scale equipment available on-site to generate the data required to size your piece of equipment and test your process.

Materials of Construction: Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel, or Specialty Alloys
Sizes: ¼ ft2 to 1000 ft2
Capacities: 4 lbs/hr to 50 tons/hr
Upper Temperature Limit: 1400° F

Fluid Bed System Applications

Continuous Fluid Bed System Drawing
Continuous Push Pull Fluid Bed System

An ACT fluid bed sends a powerful stream of air up through your particulate material, suspending and circulating the particles like a boiling fluid. This churning action, or "fluidization," produces an even distribution of air among the particles, making the fluid bed perfect for heating, cooling, or drying processes. The fluidized particles can also be easily and evenly coated or otherwise treated using a variety of techniques. And since the fluid action is achieved using nothing more than air, your material is handled as gently as possible. Whatever your production needs, ACT fluid beds offer a proven, low cost solution.

ACT Fluid Beds are Ideal for:

  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Drying
  • Coating
  • Reacting
  • Granulating
  • Special Handling
  • Conveying
  • Mixing
  • Impregnating
  • Dedusting
  • Classifying
  • Decontaminating
  • Scrubbing

ACT Fluid Bed Features

ACT provides you with a choice of fluid bed models suitable for any application. Our fluid beds include both batch or continuous operation. We also build complete process systems to handle every aspect of your product needs. Many of our models include baghouse systems, heating and cooling units, or other built-in features to save you space and money. Sizes of our standard models range from bench-top laboratory fluid bed (capable of approximately 2 kg production batches, depending on material) to industrial-scale continuous models with operating capacities up to 50 tons per hour.

ACT Fluid Beds Include the Following:

  • Batch or Continuous Operation
  • Push, Pull or Combination Air Flow
  • Positive, Negative or Atmospheric Pressure
  • Particle Size Capacity Ranging from 2 Inches to Sub-microns
  • ¼ ft2 to 1000 ft2 Bed Sizes
  • 2 kg Batch to 50 tons/hr Continuous Production
  • Optional ACT Spray Systems and Bed Inserts
  • Modular or Complete System Designs
  • Scalability
  • Easy operation and Clean Up
  • Full Compatibility with All ACT Industrial Equipment

Specialty Designs and Modifications

Batch Fluid Bed System Drawing
Batch Fluid Bed System

At ACT we understand that one size does not fit all. That's why all of our fluid beds can be modified to suit your specific needs. Where necessary, we build your fluid bed from specialty materials ranging from food and pharmaceutical grade stainless steel to high temperature Inconel 600 or other specialty alloys. We are a certified ASME Code Shop - whatever you need, we can build.

Your Specialty Fluid Bed Could Include:

  • Complete Custom Engineering and Design
  • Custom Size and Shape
  • Food/Pharmaceutical Grade Stainless Steel
  • Specialty Alloys or Other Specialty Materials
  • High Temperature Operation (1400° Fahrenheit or More)
  • Explosion Resistant Design
  • Corrosion Resistant Material
  • Hazardous Chemical Systems
  • Recirculating Contained Gas Design
  • Specialty Inserts, Screens and Spraying Systems
  • Fully Automated Operation

Benefits of an ACT Fluid Bed System

  • Quality at an Economical Price
  • Experienced in Fluid Bed Engineering, Design, and Fabrication Since 1981
  • Proven Customer Service
  • Customizable for Your Process
  • On-site Bench Scale and Pilot Scale Testing to Generate the Data Needed to Size for Your Needs
  • Built with Safety in Mind

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