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What is an Industrial Centrifuge?

Written by Rachael Burton | May 17, 2022

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When you think of a centrifuge you might be familiar with lab centrifuge used in medical labs to spin blood samples for various tests. While industrial centrifuges use the same concept, it is produced at a much bigger scale with a flow-through design to separate liquids and solids such as sludge, slurry, and other solid particles. In this article, we will discuss the types of industrial centrifuges, the differences between them, and the industries they are used in.

Types of Industrial Centrifuges

Industrial centrifuges are categorized into two main categories: Filtration and Sedimentation.


A filtration centrifuge uses a rotating basket with small openings that allow liquid to drain through the basket but keep the solids. There are a variety of filtering centrifuges such as:
  • Perforate Basket Centrifuge
  • Pusher Centrifuge
  • Peeler Centrifuge


A sedimentation centrifuge is a bowl with no openings, unlike the filtration centrifuge. Using centrifugal force, the solids accumulate along the bowl wall, while the liquid separates from the solid. After the liquid separates from the solids, it exits through an outlet passage. There are a variety of sedimentation centrifuges such as:
  • Decanter Centrifuge
  • Disk-stack Centrifuge
  • Solid-bowl Basket Centrifuge
  • Tubular Bowl Centrifuge

Filtration and Sedimentation Centrifuge Differences

The main difference between the two types of industrial centrifuges is the bowl design. The filtration centrifuge has a pass-through bowl, while the sedimentation centrifuge has a solid bowl. Other differences are separation efficiency, centrifugal force rate, and overall centrifuge design.

Industry Use

Industrial centrifuges can be used in a variety of processing and manufacturing industries. It can be used in industries such as:
  • Refining
  • Energy
  • Oil
  • Industrial Wastewater
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Chemical
  • Wastewater Treatment Plants

About Handex

Handex is a provider of Pumping, Dredging, Sludge Dewatering, and Treatment of industrial and process wastes. Our staff includes experienced Project Managers, Engineers, Operators, Technicians, Fabricators, Scientists, Mechanics, and Health and Safety Professionals. Our objective is to meet and exceed client expectations while providing quality, safe and cost-effective services. In some cases, our clients find that the value of the materials returned to the plant pays partially for the cost of the industrial centrifuge services.

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