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April 2016 Newsletter
A busy first quarter here at Freeman Technology headquarters has seen plans to strengthen and extend local support to customers across the globe come to fruition. Ongoing expansion requires a combination of Freeman personnel, distributors and agents so that wherever our customers are located, they have access to local language knowledge. A defining element of our offering is application expertise and the ability to provide advice on the best test methodologies for a specific process problem. Our website is of course a vital resource but direct personal contact is sometimes the most effective approach.
Establishing this network often means identifying partners who share our values and who we can successfully collaborate with. These strengths are exemplified by the latest additions to our network in Italy and the Czech Republic. Sometimes, an investment in our in-house teams is required, as demonstrated by the recently announced appointments in China. In either case, our aim is to maintain the very highest standards of service for all new and existing customers and ensure that owning and working with our instrumentation is a beneficial and positive experience from the outset.
We’re delighted to have new partnerships in place in Italy and the Czech Republic. Alfatest Srl, our new Italian distributor, specialises in instruments for all aspects of material characterisation. Pragolab, a leader in the field of laboratory devices, will represent Freeman Technology in both the Czech Republic and Slovakia. To find out more about Alfatest, visit www.alfratest.it or for more information about Pragolab, visit www.pragolab.cz.
Our team in China has recently relocated to new premises, in Huana Business Center, Shanghai, where they will benefit from improved facilities including an onsite laboratory. The move coincides with two additions to the China office: Mr Tom Qin takes on the role of General Manager, while Mr Ruty Li joins as National Sales Manager. We welcome them both to the company and wish them all the best in their new roles. Don’t hesitate to contact them to discuss your powder characterisation requirements with the team.
In January the Freeman Technology team was presented with the ‘Richard. S. Ladd Development Award’ in recognition of the time and effort spent on developing the ASTM Standard Designation D7891 “Standard Test Method for Shear Testing of Powders using the Freeman Technology FT4 Powder Rheometer Shear Cell”. The fundamental principles of shear cell testing are consistent across a range of devices but the FT4 Powder Rheometer introduces features that address certain challenges associated with technique. These include intelligent and fully automated test procedures, combined with intuitive software, that ensure reliable and repeatable data can be generated across a broad range of materials and test conditions To find out more, visit the ASTM website.
We are pleased to announce that we will be participating in a brand new Horizon 2020 project. Horizon 2020 is the largest research and innovation programme in the EU, offering participating companies over EUR 8 billion in funding for a range of projects. Over the next 3 years, along with a number of universities, research institutes and industrial partners, we will be contributing to work on ‘Process Intensification’ with the aim of developing advanced technologies to improve the efficiency of industrial manufacture. Visit the IbD website for more information.
There has already been a great deal of interest in the recently launched Uniaxial Powder Tester (UPT). If you haven’t heard about our newest product, the UPT is a unique, stand-alone uniaxial powder tester which measures the unconfined yield strength of a powder as well as other complementary parameters. With both manual and advanced versions available, it provides scientists, process engineers and QC analysts access to fast, repeatable and automated measurements at an accessible price.
To find out more about the UPT, visit www.freemantech.co.uk/upt
Powtech remains one of the highlights of the powder handling/processing calendar and we’re looking forward to a busy first outing for the UPT. Powtech 2016 takes place in Nürnberg, Germany, from the 19th-21st April and you will find us in in Hall 4 on Stand 547. Come along and see the new instrument, as well as the FT4 Powder Rheometer, and discuss any powder related challenges you have with our team of specialists.
At the associated PARTEC conference we will be presenting on ‘The Development of a Multivariate Model for Predicting the Performance of Powder Feeders’, describing a collaborative study with Gericke AG, a leading manufacturer of feeders. The presentation will be in Hall St. Petersburg, NCC Ost, on 21st April, at 11:00.To find out more, view the Partec programme here.