GEA Niro agglomeration plants are used as a benchmark in the Food & Dairy industry because of the superior product quality that can be produced on a GEA Niro plant.

Agglomeration is making single particles adhere in a controlled way to form an agglomerate with the right particle size, particle size distribution and bulk density. It is applied to ensure quick dispersion and dissolution, improve flowability and reduce dust problems during powder handling.

GEA Process Enginnering supplies different types of agglomeration plants for food and dairy plants. All plants are designed to meet the industry's strictest requirements to product quality, plant performance and hygienic design.

Single step agglomeration

Here, agglomeration is mainly controlled by return of the fines (smallest particles) to the atomizer cloud. Read more about:

Two step agglomeration
In two step agglomeration, the REWET process, the basis material is a spray dried or fluid bed dried powder. Two step agglomeration is carried out in a REWET AGGLOMERATOR™ or in the simpler Fluid Bed Granulator, depending on product composition and requirements for the agglomerate size.

The GEA Niro FSD-GRANULATOR™  combines the two types of agglomeration. Here, liquid is sprayed on to the fluidized powder layer in the spray dryer's integrated fluid bed  to enhance the agglomeration even further.

All GEA Niro agglomeration plants can be delivered with an integrated manual or automatic CIP Cleaning in Place.

Safety aspects
All plants designed and supplied by GEA Process Engineering will enable the end user to obtain approvals put forward by the EU directive.