New blenders for small-scale production

British Rema has introduced two new Interchangeable Blenders designed to improve efficiencies for R&D and small-scale Pharmaceutical and Food production.
The blenders feature a single base onto which range of different body types and sizes can be quickly and easily interchanged.

This means that correct body sizes can be selected to maintain optimal blend fill ratios if a variety of batch sizes need to be accommodated, or alternatively long clean down times can be avoided if blending different products sequentially. Both blenders come complete with controls and relevant guarding.

The R&D Interchangeable Blender is designed to handle batches of between 5L and 50L and is suitable for companies looking to scale up from R&D to small–scale manufacturing.

The Small-Scale Interchangeable Blender is designed to handle larger batches of between 5L and 100L. RFID blend software can be used for batch control and to eliminate the risk of cross contamination by tagging each individual cone with an RFID chip to match a recipe. The control software will then not allow the blending to start if the selected cone does not correspond to the required recipe.

Cone options and applications are as follows:

V-Cone - For high intensity mixing. As the blender rotates product is constantly being divided into the two halves of the V so producing the correct blend.

Double Cone - Ideal for mixing granulates where the addition of binders and lubricants is required but minimal granulate degradation is also preferred.

IBC - offer high efficiency blending due to the large number of blend points (corners) in the IBC. They are used widely in granulation and tableting facilities so offer a perfect opportunity to scale up.

Octagonal – Also ideal for granulation products with a high number of blend points but offers a slightly more aggressive form of blending than the Double Cone.

British Rema specialises in the blending, milling, micronising and classification of powders and is a leading supplier of powder processing equipment and contract processing services for the Food, Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Metal Powders and Plastics industries.

Please click here for technical details about British Rema's Interchangeable Blender

New Opportunities - Project Engineers / Assistant Project Engineers - based in Chesterfield, U.K.

British Rema Process Equipment are currently inviting applications from experienced mechanical project or process engineers who are looking for a varied and challenging Project Engineer role within an industrial manufacturing environment.

British Rema’s Project Engineers work within a friendly, multi-disciplinary team on the design and development process for their own projects. Ideal candidates will have project management skills and the ability to create engineering drawings using AutoCAD 2D and Solidworks 3D CAD. We are looking for highly motivated colleagues who share our passion for design, engineering and developing quality equipment for our clients.

We are also recruiting for Assistant Project Engineer positions which would suit talented undergraduates or recent graduates seeking short term vacation work, longer placements or fixed term contract positions.

For an informal discussion about these roles or to submit your CV with a covering letter stating which role you are interested in, please contact, Rob Calvert, Technical Director,

Two New Key Appointments at British Rema

Powder processing specialist British Rema has announced two new appointments which will further strengthen the company’s service to customers.

Dr. Richard Mellor has been appointed Technical and Quality Manager, joining the company with years of experience in the development and supply of new materials. James Bell has been named Engineering and Safety Manager and brings extensive experience gained in the health and safety arena for a number of well-known organisations.

Dr. Mellor has both a scientific grounding in, and a practical experience of, powder characterisation and particle size distribution, and their functional impact in application. He will work closely with British Rema’s in-house design engineers and trialling and laboratory facilities to optimise customers’ powder specifications from both a functional and processing point of view.

Dr. Mellor has previously worked on supply and development projects throughout the world including for the defence departments of the UK and the USA. Until recently he was Technical Director for Purification Products where he was instrumental in the company receiving the Queen’s Award for Export.

Mr. Bell joins British Rema from a blue chip company where he was responsible for fire and emergency safety across four of the company’s manufacturing sites. He previously spent 24 years in the Royal Navy as an air traffic control specialist. At British Rema he will be responsible for developing internal process improvements in both health and safety and engineering, including the implementation of preventative maintenance programmes that are integrated into the overall supply chain management systems of British Rema’s core aerospace customers.

British Rema Looking for Overseas Agents

Powder processing equipment specialist British Rema is looking to expand its representation base outside the UK to coincide with the launch of an innovative new range of Mixing and Blending equipment.

The new range of Ribbon, Double Cone and V-Cone Blenders incorporate market leading designs which British Rema expects to be of interest to companies looking to improve process efficiency worldwide. Typical of the product innovations on offer is an Interchangeable Blender featuring one base which can hold a wide range of easily interchangeable body types and sizes. The new Mixing and Blending range complements British Rema's existing range of Mills, Classifiers and Dryers.

British Rema is looking to appoint overseas agents throughout Europe, including Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, and also in North America. Agents will be required to have to have experience of powder processing applications, with the Food and Pharmaceutical markets being of particular interest.

Interested parties should contact in the first instance.

British Rema offers 'as new' 30L Ribbon Blender for sale

British Rema is offering a second-hand Ribbon Blender for sale.
In 'as new' condition this 30 litre stainless steel ribbon blender is suitable for use in a variety of manufacturing settings.

The ribbon blender comes complete with a control panel, safety features and tilt discharge.

For further details please contact

A full list of the pre-owned British Rema process equipment we currently have for sale can be found here.

Multi Wheel Classifier transforms productivity at UK plant

British Rema has recently installed its multi-wheel classifier system to address a novel recycling challenge on behalf of a major player in the UK waste recycling industry.

Normally used in the mineral industry to produce sharp cuts down to a few microns at high throughputs, on this occasion the technique was adapted to separate out a hazardous fraction from a high volume waste stream, thereby generating two valuable product streams from what previously had to be treated by means of a costly chemical process.

Crucial to the Multi Wheel Classifier’s superior performance are the high-efficiency classifier wheels which are mounted horizontally in a radial configuration. The unit can be supplied with 3, 4, or 6 wheels, with each wheel ranging in size from 300-500mm. The wheels are run on direct drives, with inverters linked harmonically to ensure they run at identical speeds. This is the key to the machine’s excellent sharpness of cut and high fines yield.

Originally designed to handle high volume and aggressive-wear products in the minerals industry such as calcium carbonate, fly ash, quartz, and zircon, the multi wheel classifier system is more energy efficient for high volume applications and occupies a much smaller footprint than traditional processing solutions, such as multiple single wheel classifiers or large unit air separators.

As Rob Calvert, British Rema’s technical director commented, “with careful control of system parameters and equipment design, British Rema can often exploit the different physical properties of a mixed input stream, such as particle density and shape, and not just the conventional task of separating a homogenous product stream by particle size alone. A willingness to conduct rigorous trial work is usually the key to success for challenges like this.”

The equipment’s durability is guaranteed by incorporating ceramic tiles for high wear areas such as the high velocity in-feed cone section and by applying specialist coatings for the wheels.

For more information on British Rema’s process equipment product range please email or call +44 (0) 1246 269955.

Equipment upgrade increases process efficiency

A Biomedical coating specialist has used British Rema equipment and maintenance services to guarantee product quality and improve productivity.

Derbyshire based Plasma Biotal continues to benefit from their relationship with British Rema, which has spanned more than 20 years.

With increasing global demand for their powder products, used within the medical device sector and as a synthetic bone coating for medical implants, Plasma Biotal relies on their Minisplit air classification equipment to produce the highly precise particle size distributions for their spray grade powders.

The Minisplit system is capable of classifying very fine powders down to 1 micron. Suitable for use in a wide range of lab and small scale production applications, this equipment can also be converted to a lab scale milling system. British Rema is now offering its customers various upgrade options for this equipment.

Plasma Biotal has been delighted with the recent improvements made to their equipment by British Rema’s maintenance services division, which have included: adding nitride heat treatment to the head unit’s rotor blades to increase wear resistance, creating an easier to use and clean unit for trials, and fitting a new cartridge filtration system.

Following the upgrade of the Minisplit filter system, filtration air flow has been significantly improved, resulting in a 15% increase in operational efficiency due to improved product throughput and a reduction in clean-down time.

Paul Barker, production manager at Plasma Biotal, said, “Our long-standing relationship with British Rema continues to bring operational benefits, thanks to their high quality equipment and after-sales maintenance services.”

To find out more about British Rema’s after-sales maintenance and upgrade solutions please click here.

You can find out more about our Minisplit classification equipment, now known as the Aerosplit 100, here.

Size matters, at least when it comes to Milling Technology

The controlled reduction of the particle size of solid materials is a process required in many industry sectors, and is applied to an astonishingly wide range of materials, from inhalable active pharmaceutical powders through food ingredients and fine chemicals to large-scale mineral processing applications. Selecting the most appropriate milling technology for a particular application is not always straight forward and the most appropriate answer is not always the most obvious; it requires experience, trials and an open mind.

Click here to read the article ‘Size Matters’