A growing number of plastics processors are realizing major manufacturing efficiencies and significant costs savings with the use of customized dedusting systems that eliminate dust, fines, and contamination to maximize the use of plastic regrind. Plastic parts manufacturers – such as blow molders, extruders, and injection molders - place a high value on regrind because it lowers material cost and increases profit margins. However, a big stumbling block in the plastic scrap reclaim process is dust which adversely affects processing, lowers material quality, increases equipment maintenance, causes rejected parts, and raises cost.
While customers interested in Hosokawa Micron Powder Systems may know which milling system works best for their specific application (typically in Chemical, Food, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics and Mineral industries), many are unaware of important criteria they should consider before making their ultimate selection.
Nearly 450 guests visited Hosokawa’s booth at the Powder & Bulk Solids Conference in Rosemont, Illinois in early May. Guests could discuss the wide range of equipment Hosokawa offers for size reduction, classification, dry granulation, mixing, drying and particle analysis for the chemical, mineral, food and pharmaceutical industries. Hosokawa will return to the Powder & Bulk Solids Conference in April 2018!
Since many active pharmaceutical ingredients cost thousands of dollars per gram to produce, Hosokawa felt it was important to continue development of laboratory scale equipment to process these valuable powders. In May 2016, Hosokawa introduced the Alpine Pharmapaktor APC C80/20, the companies smallest compaction and dry granulation system. It was developed to process small batches of 10 gram or less, or could be used in a continuous operation compacting up to 30 kg/hour. The Pharmapaktor C80/20 was designed for processing active pharmaceutical ingredients into dust free granules using compaction forces up to 6 kN/cm. The C80/20 compaction rollers are 80 mm in diameter and 20 mm wide and have an adjust able gap that is electromechanically controlled. The entire process area, including the flake crusher can be built inside a containment glove box designed to protect operators and reduce product contamination.
Hosokawa’s Pharmaceutical Team met with nearly 100 customers and prospective buyers at Interphex (the International Pharmaceutical Expo) in New York City in late April. The event was an opportunity for customers to discuss their specific application requirements with Hosokawa’s engineers and learn more about the company’s extensive experience in size reduction systems and powder processing solutions for pharmaceutical materials. If you would like to speak with a Hosokawa’s representative about your powder processing needs, please call us at (908) 273-6360 or contact us online.
Considering most material research and development is completed on a small scale, laboratory size milling equipment offers a unique advantage in testing new processes and materials with minimal financial investment. Development work can require many trials to find the proper mill configuration and operating parameters, so the technology selected needs to be suitable to provide;
Mixing or blending of powder ingredients is a very common industrialprocess practiced in many industries including chemicals, pharmaceuticals,plastics, minerals, metals and food. The choice of mixer is extensive and canbe confusing. These ten top tips may help in narrowing down the final choice.
Summit, NJ - Hosokawa Micron Powder Systems recently announced that an educational webinar focusing on the company's top 5 milling technologies would be hosted on May 18th.
Learn how to increase production and improve efficiency by evaluatingthe flow properties of your materials with the Powder Characteristics Tester Model PT-X on Wednesday, March 9th at 2:00 PM.
• History of dry powder analysis
• Importance of understanding how your materials flow
• 11 Test functions of the PT-X
• How to improve your process with flow data
• Common test applications
Engineers at Hosokawa have literally taken their latest glove-box developments into another dimension as a result of the company’s recent collaboration with the European Space Agency. Working closely with scientists and engineers at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Hosokawa has developed a pilot plant habitat (Pilot Plant Compartment V) in the form of a high containment glove-box and gas loop system.