Poor filtration and bulk density are often related to the number of fine particles present in a system. Inline particle size and count measurements identify the exact moment and conditions when fine particle formation occurs. By pinpointing the source of the inconsistency, the root cause can be identified, and a smarter process may be developed with improved solid/ liquid separations. Continue reading →
Chemists, engineers, and biologists are often challenged by processes involving particle or droplet systems. Solid or liquid dispersion, homogenization, agglomeration, or precipitation can create variability in product stability and manufacturing throughput. To develop and manufacture world class products at competitive costs, scientists and engineers use inline particle size measurements to optimize process conditions and consistently meet product quality specifications, at the bench or in manufacturing. Continue reading →
Alberta, Canada is home to massive deposits of oil sands, estimated to contain approximately 300 billion barrels of recoverable bitumen. However, byproducts of the oil recovery are tailings which include a mixture of water, sand, silt, clay, and residual bitumen. To minimize environmental concerns posed by tailing ponds, it is important to separate tailing solids to ensure efficient water recycle and speed water recovery process. Continue reading →
Crystal engineering is applied when the crystal size distribution is too large to meet downstream specifications. By designing the crystallization to produce a fine crystal distribution in situ, downstream milling operations are avoided, thus improving the yield, and reducing energy consumption or safety hazards which may arise due to milling. Continue reading →
Recently, I met several scientists who did not realize Lasentec® (Lasentech) was acquired by METTLER TOLEDO. It is hard to believe that it has already been 10 years since METTLER TOLEDO acquired Lasentec® and became the world leader for inline particle characterization technology!