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In This Issue - October 2016 Newsletter

Quantifying reliability

Cotswold Life Award

When less can be more: A new application note on flow additives

A busy autumn conference schedule...

Keep in touch via social media...

 

Quantifying reliability

The reliability of an analytical instrument is crucial and impacts both its application and long term value. Downtime compromises productivity, return on investment and ultimately limits the role that an instrument can play in supporting daily business. Here at Freeman Technology we have always focused on engineering our products for reliable, long term operation, but it was gratifying to hear from HAVER&BOECKER, a long-standing customer, about what this actually delivers in practice. HAVER&BOECKER is a leading supplier of bulk powder packaging solutions and has used an FT4 Powder Rheometer® on a daily basis, for over a decade, to measure every new powder encountered. Throughout that time the instrument has provided uninterrupted operation, producing a database of more than 20,000 measurements.

This experience instils a confidence that allows HAVER&BOECKER to rely on the FT4 to support their business of identifying cost-efficient, low risk packaging solutions for every client. Their experience, and those of other FT4 users, provides reassuring evidence of the reliability of our technology and its ability to deliver long term value.

Tim Freeman
Managing Director

 

Cotswold Life Award

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected as Exporter of the Year in the Cotswold Life Family Business Awards 2016. Family businesses, like ours, form the backbone of the British economy and we are proud to join in this celebration of their achievements. Our export business has grown extensively over the last decade and serving a diverse range of international markets is not without its challenges. This award is a well-deserved recognition of the contribution every member of our global team makes to our success.

 

When less can be more: A new application note on flow additives

A typical problem with powders is that they can have inherently poor flow properties which can result in undesirable behaviour, such as inconsistent discharge rates or adherence to the surfaces of equipment, and have a detrimental effect on process performance. One way to improve this is through the addition of a lubricating powder, or flow additive.

Our latest application note details experimental studies on a range of typical excipients to demonstrate how powder rheology can be used to quantify the impact of flow additives. A particular focus is how to optimise processability and cost-efficiency by identifying a suitable grade of lubricant and incorporating it at an appropriate concentration. Download ‘The Influence of Flow Additives on Powder Behaviour’ to find out more.

 

A busy autumn conference schedule...

Focusing on processing at AIChE

The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers and takes place in San Francisco, 13th–18th November. We will be presenting two pieces of research, on Monday 14th November, which focus on two very different powder processes:

  • The Influence of Roller Compaction Processing Variables on the Rheological Properties of Granules
  • Comparison of Magnetically Assisted Impaction Coating (MAIC) with Traditional Mixing Techniques for the Addition of a Silica Flow Aid

In addition, we will be presenting several posters during the Particle Technology Forum, on Tuesday 15th November 18:00-20:00pm, covering the following topics:

  • The Application of Powder Rheology for Evaluating the Flow Behaviour of Powders for Additive Manufacturing Applications
  • Comparing the Flow Behaviour of FCC Catalysts Using the FT4 Powder Rheometer
  • Process Analytical Technology for High Shear Wet Granulation: Wet Mass Consistency Reported By in-Line Drag Flow Force Sensor Is Consistent with Powder Rheology Measured By at-Line FT4 Powder Rheometer

Click here to discover more and to register for the event.

Highlighting PAT at AAPS

At the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting, 13th-17th November, in Denver, Colorado, we’ll be focussing the spotlight on the in-line Process Analytical Technology (PAT) we now offer via our collaboration with Lenterra. In particular, we’ll be highlighting the use of the Lenterra Flow Sensor for the continuous monitoring of granulation processes. We’ll also be presenting collaborative research with Gericke, designers and manufacturers of powder processing equipment and systems, showing how powder flow measurements can be used to predict the performance of feeders.

Click here to discover more and to register for the event.

 

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