July 27, 2019

Major investment: New, modern test center opened

Managing Director Dennis Kemmann at the opening ceremony

Dennis Kemmann, Managing Director of BHS-Sonthofen, at the grand opening of the new test center.

On 26 July, BHS-Sonthofen unveiled a new and state-of-the-art test center in Sonthofen, Germany. The investment of €3.8 million underlines the group’s leading position as a process consultant and solution provider for mechanical process technology with a focus on mixing, crushing, recycling, and filtration technologies. BHS will perform production-scale tests at the center on all machines and processes offered by the company.

“BHS-Sonthofen considers itself first and foremost a specialist that develops optimal process engineering solutions in collaboration with its customers,” notes Dennis Kemmann, Managing Director at BHS-Sonthofen. “This is where we set new industry standards with the test center. The center allows us to map various processes and chain individual machines into systems on a much larger scale than before, as well as enabling us to set up more units overall.”

For all divisions, the technology leader in the fields of mixing, crushing, recycling, and filtration technology performs tests with the customers’ material at the new test center. Compared to the old test center, the equipment was significantly expanded and modernized in all areas. The company has extensive facilities for mixing, crushing, and recycling as well as ultra-modern separation technology for the separation of various materials.

There is a separate area for filtration that features a complete system with state-of-the-art process technology and end-to-end control. The system runs self-sufficiently. In the future, BHS will be able to test customers’ design ideas independently and accurately examine the filtration behavior.

The investment also includes a highly modern dedusting system that far exceeds the requirements of the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG). The system has a suction capacity of 42,000 cubic meters per hour. All facilities are state-of-the-art in terms of their safety features. BHS worked closely with the district authorities to obtain the appropriate permits. The sewage system installed by BHS also clearly exceeds the requirements. All wastewater produced is treated in-house, and certain materials are discharged separately.

The test center is housed on an area of 1,720 square meters, and the entire lot – including the exterior – is over 3,000 square meters. In comparison, the old technical center was only 935 square meters. The new hall is also completely closed off on all sides, which means that tests can be carried out regardless of the prevalent weather conditions. The test center will be up and running at the end of September.

Test Center with an area of more than 3,000 square meters

Including the exterior, the area that the test center is housed on spans over 3,000 square meters.

Test Center allows more procedures to be mapped

The new test center enables BHS to simulate various processes on a much larger scale than previously possible.

BHS perform tests with customer material in the Test Center

All divisions of BHS perform mixing, crushing, recycling, and filtration tests with the customers’ material at the center.

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