When developing new polymeric compounds or pharmaceutical formulations, conducting time and material intensive experiments on production scale extruders can significantly increase production costs. It would be ideal if material properties and the effects of additives on a product could be tested in small scale amounts before ramping up to full production.
Our partners at Thermo Scientific have developed an innovative instrument that allows for just that. It’s a unique small-scale extruder – called Process 11 – designed specifically to meet the key challenges faced by research and development formulation scientists.
“To our customers, laboratory space is at a premium and cost control is critical,” Karl Gerhard Hoppmann, Vice President and General Manager of Thermo Scientific’s material characterization business, said in a news release. “Our compact, stand-alone design is perfect for small-scale experiments yet robust enough to deliver results that are relevant to production conditions.”
The Process 11 uses a small amount of material (20 grams per hour) to conduct processing tests, which means that researchers can carry out an array of trials in a cost and labour effective manner. And the results from these tests are relevant to production conditions due to the full scalability of the Thermo Scientific process extruder product family. In other words, when you’re done testing the small amounts of material, transferring your results to pilot or production scale equipment is simple.
For researchers dealing with polymers, expensive materials and nano compounds, the Process 11 is the ideal solution.
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