The classic problem when working with powders is their failure to discharge reliably from bins, hoppers, silos, feeders, dosing machines, packing machines, etc. Their unpredictable nature causes production downtimes and at times requires complete plant shutdown in order to correct flow restrictions and stoppages. In addition to these issues, failure to flow reliably also leads to variations in pack weight, mixture, performance and sensory properties of powder products.
The PFT™ - Powder Flow Tester - eliminates flow problems due to its Flow Function test, a proven scientific method used to analyse powder flow behaviour. It brings quick and easy analysis of powder flow behaviour in industrial processing equipment.
With a compact design and small footprint, the PFT™ is the perfect choice for affordable testing for powder characterisation. It is ideal for manufacturers who process powders daily, want to minimise or eliminate downtimeand expense that can occur when hoppers discharge erratically or fail to discharge altogether.
How It Works
The Flow Function test consists of compressing and shearing powder samples in a defined annular shear cell, using an established well-defined methodology. With this test, the PFT™ allows you to:- Calculate the critical outlet dimensions for feeders, hoppers, etc., through which powders flow- Compare powders against one another for flowability, ranking, and benchmarking purposes - Determine whether a powder will flow successfully through an existing plant or process - Determine the required geometry for potential new solids handling equipment before purchasing
Perfect for any QC & R&D lab, the PFT™ is ideal to eliminate potential flow problems. Be sure to check out the multiple PFT™ accessories we have available: lids, trays, sensors and software.
Main Advantages of the Powder Flow Tester:
- Evaluate powder discharge from storage containers - Use as QC check for incoming material - Rapidly characterise new formulations for flowability - Adjust composition to match flow behaviour of established products - Tests powders for formulation, characterization and QA/QC - Quickly and easily develop product SOP - Minimise or eliminate production downtime and expense - Compact design - easily fits on a workbench - Easy to use and intuitive Powder Flow Pro software included - Choice of 4 Test Options: Full Flow, Bulk Density, Time Consolidation, Wall Friction - Comprehensive report generation & Multiple Data Output formats: Flow Index, Arching Dimensions, Rat-hole Diameter, Hopper Half Angle, Gravity Chute Angle - Compressibility (Carr) Index - Compressibility (Hausner) Ratio
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