Paint stripping and Plastic Removal

Fluidized bed (Scirocco) -thermal cleaning system

Fluidized bed scirocco

Advantages of fluidized bed

  • fast and perfect cleaning,
  • very short cycle time (30-60 min),
  • high volume cleaning,
  • safe fluidbed technology due to advanced loading system,
  • perfectly controlled homogeneous temperature
  • low maintenance, long machine life
  • no deformation of parts to clean

The SCIROCCO "suspended silica sand” fluidized bed is an effcient and high quality system for thermal cleaning of metal tools, such as paint hooks, paint booth grids, blowing mould parts, hot-runner systems. The system provides very fast, safe and efficient cleaning of metal parts and tools. Scirocco fluidized bed is designed for high volume cleaning and applicable in paint stripping, plastic removal and rubber denuding.

Organic coatings are evaporated at a temperature of 420°-480°C and oxidised without combustion occurring. In a next step the sand gently rubs off the inorganic residue from the surface of the parts. The standard cleaning time is less than 1 hour, depending on the type and degree of contamination. A ceramic filter and afterburner-installation ensure emissions complying with any stingent environmental legislation.

Fluidized bed or 'sand bed' systems are mainly used for the thermal cleaning of paint booth grids, skids, jigs, extruder die cleaning, hot runner, blowing mold parts, painted parts and ‘reject parts’. Scirocco fuidized bed is an advanced thermal cleaning system for perfect and environmentally friendly cleaning. It is designed and produced for 7/7d and 24/24h operation and available in standard and customized sizes.


  • paintstripping of hangers, skids, hooks, jigs, grids
  • plastic removal of filters, screws, breaker plates
  • cleaning of extruder parts, blow molding parts
  • hot runner manifold cleaning
  • removal of rubber, degreasing

Working principle of fluidized bed

Fluidized bed thermal cleaning

The fluidized bed reactor contains calibrated silica sand. By the injection of air and gas, the sand is brought in a liquid-like state (suspended sand particles). The reactor is heated up to a homogenious temperature in the range of 420–450°C. In this condition, the suspended silica becomes a very powerful reactor, in which a fast and complex physiochemical process will evaporate and strongly oxidize any organic material.

Once the sand has reached the stand-by temperature, the parts to be cleaned, stacked in the carrier, can be submerged in the bubbling sand reactor. In the first phase, which takes 10-30 minutes, light organic compounds and binders quickly evaporate due to the intense contact with the hot silica sand, and are substantially oxidized at relatively low temperature, to harmless inert gas.

Subsequently, the remaining heavier hydrocarbons are completly oxidized within the reactor, while the inert fraction of the contamination is blown out of the reactor as all organic binders have vanished. During the second phase, a light mechanical cleaning action caused by the bubbling sand will sustain the cleaning process. After an average of one hour, the two phase cleaning process is finished: the organic fraction is eliminated, and the inert fraction is blown out of the reactor with the exhaust gases.