Exhibition & Conference

ADIPEC Exhibition – Abu Dhabi

Our recent visit to the ADIPEC exhibition in United Arab Emirates has proven to be highly successful. Following on from the success of attending the previous year’s show, where we established several new business opportunities, we once again met with organisations working specifically in the Oil & Gas industry in the Middle East.

Promising discussions were had with a Chinese centrifuge manufacture where we are now in discussions to assist in the development of their continuous vertical basket centrifuge used for drill cuttings removal.

We also held discussions with one of the leading oil producing organisations, to provide a comprehensive training package for all its Centrifuge Operators.

In house training was also discussed with our local agent to provide them with a slightly different training package that would allow them to be better prepared for selling various centrifuge types for a leading UK manufacturer. This is planned to commence later this year.

All in all our week in Abu Dhabi produced a handful of confirmed projects and several other promising opportunities for us to explore further. As a result we have already made plans to attend ADIPEC again next year.

Operator Training

Centrifuge Operator Training at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Following the successful Centrifuge Optimisation program of several batch basket filtration centrifuges by NCD Separation Solutions Ltd, it was agreed they would remain on site to develop and deliver a comprehensive Training package for all plant centrifuge operatives.

The completion of the optimisation phase of the project resulted in the ideal scenario of having real meaningful before and after data. Such data formed the basis of the Operator Training. The ’live’ case study provided the basis for a training package that all the operatives could fully associate with.

Plant Manager, John Clack, said “the whole program of Site Survey, Centrifuge Optimisation and Operator Training has resulted in significant improvements in product throughput as well as a more consistent product quality. Product yield has also increased and far less batches are failing final quality checks. The comprehensive program offered by NCD Separation Solutions Ltd has been a major benefit to our companies operation and our operators”.

Centrifuge Installation & Commissioning

Centrifuge Installation & Commissioning of Vietnam sugar factory

A sugar factory in the province of Nghe An, Vietnam elected to employ the use of several new batch & continuous sugar centrifuges. The centrifuges were purchased from Thomas Broadbent based in the UK. The factory is designed to process 6,000 tonnes of sugar cane per day. Factory engineering and management support required for such a major project was supplied by a leading Australian engineering house.

NCD Separation Solutions Ltd was offered the opportunity to become part of the centrifuge Installation & Commissioning team.

Despite several issues surrounding the supply of regular volumes of sugar cane the project was eventually successfully completed by all parties, on budget and in time.

Following successful Installation and Commissioning of the centrifuges, NCD Separation Solutions remained on site to deliver a detailed Centrifuge Operator Training package.

Once operating at full capacity NCD Separation Solutions Ltd has been asked to return to site to undertake a detailed Optimisation program of the centrifuge operation.

Centrifuge Optimisation

Biodiesel plant sees benefits from Centrifuge Optimisation

An independent Centrifuge Optimisation Project at one of Europe’s largest Biodiesel plants has enabled them to produce record levels of biodiesel and pharma grade glycerine.

The optimisation exercise significantly improved the throughput & efficiency of their disc bowl, three-phase solid bowl decanter and solid bowl decanter centrifuges. This has also resulted in major operational and cost benefits being realised for the whole processing plant.

Original Problem

Following difficult plant commissioning issues the plant was struggling to meet client demands for their core product and bi-products. This resulted in them deciding to concentrate their efforts on the primary separation i.e. the centrifuges. The biodiesel plant requires key separation stages to be carried out by various types of continuous sedimentary centrifuges.

The plant was struggling to meet the plant design capacity. To achieve this it was necessary to increase the throughput to the centrifuges as well as maintaining higher levels of centrifuge ‘up time’.


With over 35 years of experience, specialising in Industrial Centrifuge separation technology, NCD Separation Solutions Ltd, acted as lead consultants for the Centrifuge Optimisation Project. They carried out an initial comprehensive Site Survey then submitted proposals for a comprehensive Process Optimisation programme.

Operator Training was also a key consideration in order to make plant operatives aware of the important parameters and how they play their part in the separation efficiency of the centrifuges. This provided them with much needed knowledge of all the centrifuge controls, capabilities and limitations as well as demonstrating the importance of maintaining a uniform feed stock.

Key Benefits

Significant cost savings were identified through the implementation of an improved control and operational philosophy. It was also possible to operate all the centrifuges, as intended, in a continuous manner with virtually no unplanned shutdowns. This has allowed the plant, as intended, to operate on a continuous basis.

From a health and safety perspective the improved operation of the centrifuge processing equipment has dramatically reduced the frequency of inspections and cleaning outs.

According to management the result of the optimisation work by NCD Separation Solutions Ltd – “has seen an amazing 30% increase in production that now allows us to not only achieve our production targets of Biodiesel, but to significantly exceed them as and when the market demands. As a general spin off from NCD’s involvement we now have a separation process that is more reliable, requires less maintenance, is operator friendly and we have a far more informed workforce”.


Community Support

New Process Manufacturing Centre (PMC)

As a supporter and sponsor of the new Process Manufacturing Centre (PMC), Kirklees College, we were delighted to be part of their recent Grand Open Day. With over 100 invited organisations and visitors attending it was a great opportunity to showcase the outstanding facilities of the PMC. During the day we were visited by Huddersfield’s MP, Mr Barry Shearman who was there with other special guests to express their congratulations to everyone concerned.

Centrifuge Optimisation

Centrifuge Optimisation increases output by 25%

A recent independent centrifuge optimisation project at a multinational chemical company based in the South East of England has resulted in a 25% increase in production. Optimisation of 3 off vertical batch basket filtration type centrifuges has also provided operational and other cost saving benefits upstream and downstream of the centrifuge operation.

Existing Problem – The company had to meet a significant increase in demand for its products without investing in additional plant and equipment. The solution therefore was to optimise its existing centrifuge filtration process by looking to reduce cycles times, thus increasing product throughput. The process centred around three vertical batch basket filtration centrifuges, capable of recovering upto 1200 kg/hr final cake solids. To achieve this level of throughput it was necessary to both reduce the process cycles times and increase the payload of retained product solids in each basket load.

Solution – NCD Separation Solutions Ltd acted as the independent consultants on the project and carried out an initial Site Survey, submitting proposals for a comprehensive process optimisation package. Operator Training was particularly important in making them aware of revised process requirements and providing them with knowledge of centrifuge controls, capabilities and limitations and the need to maintain strict health and safety requirements.

Key Benefits – Cost savings were also identified through using less product wash fluid leading to a corresponding reduction in effluent discharge levels hence reducing operating costs. It was also possible to operate each centrifuge continuously for much longer periods before having to clean its internal surfaces. From a Health & Safety perspective, the improved operation of the process has reduced the frequency of basket inspections and cleaning operations by 50%.

According to site management the end result is a 25% increase in production which will help satisfy escalating demand from their clients around the world.

As a general spin-off from NCD involvement they have a filtration process which requires less maintenance, is more environmentally friendly and provides healthier working conditions for company site teams.