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Dyes lend color to the things we consume. The foods we eat, the clothes we wear, and even the keyrings that separate your bunch all have a splash of dye added. Historically, colors were extracted from the natural world, but that process has been replaced by processing technology. Dye manufacturing equipment produces colors that are high in definition and consistency.

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Hammer mill

A hammer mill crushes aggregate material into smaller pieces; the most common applications can be found in food, c...

Spiral jet mill

Jet mills are frequently used in the pharmaceutical industry and also for the production of fine-grade chemica...

Fluidized bed opposed jet mills

Fluidized bed opposed jet mills rely purely on particle-to-particle attrition in the center ...


A spheronizer produces spherical pellets with a smooth surface and a narrow particle size distribution.

In-process weighing system for mills

When you need a throughput weigher for modern flour/grain milling applications, the we...

High-capacity bulk weighers

A checking weigher recognized for receiving and shipping bulk materials, typically in mills and ...

Open-mouth baggers for free flowing powders

For bagging free flowing materials into open mouth bags, this system is ideal....

Robot palletizer

Palletize up to 1,800 large industrial bags per hour at a multi-pick-up configuration.

Pelleting press with overhead drive

Production of certain pelletized products requires working with output products of a pa...

Vacuum belt filter

Separating solids from a slurry is a common industrial process in industries from mining to pharmaceutical...

Airshocking hammer

Silos, hoppers, bins, and other containers can build up a layer of powdered product on the internal walls....

Hygienic mobile scale

Having a reliable and accurate weighing and measuring solution is absolutely essential, especially in t...

Non-Destructive Crack Detection Vessel Testing

Using traditional types of inspection methods when inspecting vessels may p...

Powder micro-dosing system

Pharmaceutical powders in metered doses demand maximum filling precision. This is particularly ch...

Accurate multiple dosing system for powders

Dosing multiple powders in a batch process is time inefficient, especially whe...

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Combine the base chemicals in a reactor

Dyes are born in a reactor. A colorless chemical substance – a chromogen – is synthesized with a light-absorbing molecule – a chromophore. Chromogens such as benzene, naphthalene, and anthracene are safe for application in consumer products.

Chromophores range from carbon and nitrogen acids to azo compounds and sulfur acids. The combination of chromogens and chromophores produces the chemical classification that makes dye manufacturing repeatable.

Synthesize dye chemicals with additives to build substrate affinity

Dyes are distinct from pigments because they are soluble. While the latter remains in particle or crystalline form, dyes are designed to attach to other materials.

To develop this substrate affinity, the chromogen-chromophore combination is reacted with a class of atoms like amine, hydroxyl, and carboxyl. These auxochromes provide a higher affinity for the substrate than water, so the colorants are retained after the material is dried off.

Adjust dye manufacturing for wet and light fastness

Besides affinity, different dye classifications modify the wet and light fastness of colorants. Vat dyes, for example, include an insoluble complex of molecules to resist fading in water. One of the most popular dyes made with this process is indigo.

Acid dyes, on the other hand, do not hold particularly well in washing. But the sulfuric acid dyestuff makes them sufficiently light fast and are often used for dyeing textiles like wool and silk.

Separate the dye mixture from the solvent under vacuum filtering

Once the dye is chemically composed, the production process shifts to its physical attributes. Filter the dye mixture from solvents using a vacuum filter and purify the solution by chromatography or distillation.

The color ingredient is now isolated, but the production line involves more dye manufacturing equipment to standardize the end product. Treat the purified mixture to high temperatures to reduce moisture content. Finally, grind the dry material in a ball mill or roller mill to produce a homogeneous particle size.

Processing steps involved in dyes making

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