The Desmet Ballestra technology for the production of detergent powder is unrivalled, as proven by more than 550 plants installed under Ballestra’s proprietary design and know-how all over the world as since 1960.
As a matter of fact, the Desmet Ballestra plants are estimated to cover significative part of the world's production of synthetic powder detergents.
A permanent and qualified research staff is dedicated to improve the technology by optimizing the existing processes and developing new ones in the laboratories and pilot plants installed at our Milan headquarters.
The close collaboration with researchers and scientists of University boards, environmental organizations, Scientific Committees, multinational companies, etc. as well as the exchange of information at the main international congresses and seminars on detergency, which Desmet Ballestra is attending with reports and papers, have contributed to increase the significant technological knowledge of our Company enabling it to meet the specific requirements of the worldwide manufacturers of detergent products.
The extensive experience and know-how in detergent plants operation also allows Desmet Ballestra to assist Clients to better define their requirements in terms of production programs, training of operators, raw material purchasing, product formulation and packaging etc. so contributing to the best success of new projects.
New raw materials coming on the market are carefully studied and tested, to define the best plant operating conditions in terms of product formulation and process optimization.
The physico-chemical characteristics of detergent powders to be produced are studied to identify the optimum product characteristics in order to meet local washing habits and specific market requirements.
Great importance is given to environmental pollution control. Each plant designed by Desmet Ballestra is conceived to avoid liquid effluents, while the exhaust gases are treated to comply with the most stringent international specifications, thus allowing the installation of plants even close to urban areas.
Special care is given to energy saving and to reduce the overall fuel and electric power requirements.For large plants capacities, whenever required by local conditions, Desmet Ballestra has also studied and implemented co-generation systems based on the use of gas turbines to produce electric power, and on the use of relevant hot exhaust gases in the spray tower to substantially increase the overall plant efficiency.
The great flexibility of Desmet Ballestra plants, together with the flexibility of processing different raw materials and producing a wide range of formulations, make Desmet Ballestra spray drying plants able to meet even the most sophisticated market requirements.
Plants standard capacities range from 1000 to 30.000 Kg/h. Each plant is designed taking into account the possibility of substantial future increase of production capacity with limited investment cost.