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Test Centre

Our test centre combines an extensive range of drying technologies with over 90 years of Mitchell Dryers’ drying experience. Each test allows us to gather and analyse essential data and monitor material behaviour through variable process parameters. This enables our engineers to size and design bespoke equipment to meet every customer requirement. It also allows for significant quantities of materials to be produced for customers’ assessment and downstream testing.

Research and Development

  • Proof of concept
  • Scale up trials
  • Small production runs
  • Solids, liquids, slurries
  • Drying – calcining
  • Continuous – batch
  • Direct – indirect
  • Vacuum – atmospheric
  • Fixed bed – fluidised bed

Intellectual property is of the highest importance, and we maintain our customers’ confidentiality every step of the way. We have a process laboratory which is used for moisture, loss on ignition (LOI) and particle size analysis and can also be used by customers for their own analysis when appropriate.

Our Test Centre holds an extensive archive of test data on well over 3,000 different materials and our engineers have many years of experience in dryer design as well as running tests and processes. Every material has unique challenges, and this knowledge is consistently applied to provide tailored solutions.

Drying Technologies
Drying and calcination tests are performed on a batch or continuous basis with direct or indirect heating. In addition, we also have an extensive range of vacuum drying systems.

  • Conveyor Band Dryer
  • Indirect Rotary Calciner/Dryer
  • Direct Rotary Dryer
  • Direct Rotary Calciner/Kiln
  • Steam Tube Rotary Dryers
  • Fluid Bed Dryer
  • Thermo Venturi Dryer
  • Agitated Vacuum Pan Dryer
  • Double Cone Vacuum Dryer
  • Vacuum Tray Dryer
  • Cabinet Dryer
  • Drum Warming Oven
  • Film Drum Dryer
  • Vacuum Band Dryer

Feed and Product Handling
Various ancillary processing options are available on site such as extruders, twin-shaft mixers, and granulators. We also have relationships with other OEMs which allows us to bring equipment on site and provide turnkey drying solutions including high shear mixing, powder milling and blending. Refrigerated storage is available for perishable materials as required.

Emission Control and Monitoring
Bag filters, cyclones, and wet scrubbing are available on site, depending on equipment used, to collect dust and dry product in various configurations. We can also use in house or externally sourced emissions monitoring systems to gather data during test work, with test points located throughout the exhaust system.

On Site Testing
Where materials are age sensitive, many of our test machines can be transported to customers’ sites to carry out tests on fresh feed material.

For further information or to discuss your requirements please contact our team.