British Rema appoints John Robinson as new Technical Sales Director

Powder processing specialist British Rema is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr John Robinson in the new role of Technical Sales Director, to lead the commercial function of its Process Equipment division. With a background in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Materials Engineering, John brings to the role over 25 years of senior technical, commercial and operational experience in the powder industry.

John spent much of his early career in innovation and technical leadership roles, working on the development of advanced powder products, particularly metal oxides. Having worked overseas for many years, John returned to the UK to serve in various senior positions including Commercial Manager of the Polishing Powders division of AMG Superalloys and subsequently its Chromium and Advanced Alloys metal powder processing function.

In his new role John will focus on the development and growth of the company's core range of milling, classifying and blending systems as well as on its contract processing business.

This appointment continues to build British Rema's in-house technical and scientific expertise as it responds to clients' needs to develop processes and products in collaboration with powder specialists.

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Industry Specialist to head up new Blender Trials facility

A new Blender Trials facility at powder processing specialist British Rema will be headed up by Dr. Jose Carmelo Santana Perdomo. He joins the company from The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, part of the University of Greenwich and recognised internationally for its expertise in fields associated with bulk particulate handling.

The dedicated facility will allow British Rema to develop test protocols to predict and optimise the process of blending powders and testing in relation to blend development. In particular, it will develop a better understanding of the variables involved in the powder mixing process and help to examine the effects of different types of blenders, as well as process and design parameters. It will also allow the comparison of potential new blend constituents with existing ones and the re-formulation of the original blended powder to obtain a homogeneous product when required. This will greatly assist British Rema’s customers in their choice of the right blending solution for their application.

Dr. Perdomo’s experience and expertise in the field of blending includes a PhD based on the development of a test protocol for industry to predict and optimise flow behaviour of blended powders utilising particle to bulk scale models. He has also worked as a product development engineer in the field of mixing and blending with a manufacturer of polymer granule and master batch mixing equipment, and as a research engineer for powder management at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry. Here he worked on projects related to Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), a key growing application for British Rema’s tumble blenders.

In addition to heading up the blender trials facility, Dr. Perdomo will also be involved in various aspects of project engineering on milling and classification projects within both British Rema’s equipment and contract processing divisions.

For more information on our new Blender Trials Facility please email

To find out more about our range of mixing and blending equipment please click here

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’