Modern tools for hopper design

Although there are well-established methodologies for hopper design, many process engineers are uncertain as to how to measure powders in the prescribed way, extract the necessary parameters from recorded data, and successfully apply them. As a result, hopper design and the powder testing associated with it is often outsourced to ... read more

Invitation to Material Characterization Day - Powder Rheology and Beyond - 9 October 2019

Freeman Technology and Micromeritics will be hosting a ‘Material Characterization Day’ on the 9th October 2019 at the recently opened Micromeritics facility in Unterschleissheim, Germany.

The free one-day event will introduce delegates to the applications and benefits of material characterization and powder rheology.

The day will be split into three sections:

Transitioning to in-line powder flowability measurement

The flow properties of powders are a topic of significant industrial interest. The flowability of intermediates routinely impacts manufacturing efficiency, for example the maximum achievable tableting rate for a pharmaceutical formulation, while for products as diverse as powder coatings, fertilizers, metal and milk powders flow properties directly influence performance, and ... read more

Developing an effective metal powder specification for binder jet 3D printing

Binder jet 3D printing or binder jetting is an established metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology with notable advantages relative to other metal additive processes. Build times tend to be relatively fast, and large-scale structures are readily manufactured. Binding powder layers during processing, rather than thermally fusing them, avoids the build-up ... read more

Reducing plastic waste

“Every minute the equivalent of a truck full of plastic is emptied into the world’s oceans” [1]. The effect of plastic waste has received a lot of coverage in the media in recent months, most notably with the BBC documentaries Blue Planet 2 and the War on Plastic. It is ... read more

A QbD approach to continuous tablet manufacture

The pharmaceutical industry is looking to continuous processing to enhance production efficiency and product quality, in line with guidance from the regulatory agencies. However, in order to maximise the benefit of continuous processing, and obtain regulatory approval, it is necessary to establish the link between the processing parameters and the ... read more