ECS 2017 the European Coatings show is one of the largest exhibitions covering the paint, coatings, ink, sealants etc. Equipment suppliers and raw materials are all present at the event.
Fullbrook Systems who represent companies servicing this field will be in attendance. So whether it is a Brookfield viscometer, DISPERMAT disperser, Full dispensing system, Kreis Dissolver or Formulaction Turbiscan that you are interested in we can help.
Contact Carlton Humphreys by phone on 07967 646341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting at the show. We look forward to seeing you there.
COMPACT, TURBISCAN BENCHTOP SYSTEM FOR FORMULATION ANALYSIS
Testing the ageing and shelf-life of emulsions, suspensions, dispersions and foams is an essential requirement in research and development and quality control across a wide range of industries and processes, such as ink jet development, cosmetics and soft drinks production. Whilst traditional testing methods are reliable they don’t provide the quick results that chemists require to meet the needs of today’s product formulation and manufacturing demands. The ideal solution is available from laboratory and instrumentation specialists FULLBROOK SYSTEMS the UK distributor of the Turbiscan range of stability analysers made by FORMULACTION.
The latest range of instruments includes the Turbiscan TLAb which is a compact benchtop model with temperature regulation and perfect for detecting all types of destabilisation, including coalescence, flocculation, creaming, sedimentation etc. for analysis, formulation development and quality control purposes. The TLAb is available in three versions, each provides a range of features and functions even with up to 54 samples which without dilution enable the quick and convenient characterisation of concentrated dispersions.
The TLAb is designed to operate on emulsions, suspensions and foams, at concentrations up to 60% v/v and particle sizes from 0.1 µm up to 10mm. Movement of particles leading to sedimentation or creaming can be analysed by direct and easy calculation of the migration velocity along with the thickness of the sediment or cream phases. It follows the natural destabilisation without artificially accelerating the changes with discreet variations in particle size due to coalescence or flocculation accurately monitored and recorded. The measured stability data can be subsequently manipulated and ranked by a standard PC using the dedicated Turbisoft software provided.
The integral reading head acquires backscatter data every 40 µm while moving up the the 55mm sample height which means that the whole of the test sample is analysed, top, middle and bottom
A series of scans is then repeated at user defined intervals according the stability of the sample. An integral bar code reader allows the software to identify individual samples and thermo-regulation enables measurements to be carried out at controlled temperatures from +5ºC above the ambient to +60ºC.
TLAb also provides the facility to carry out a quick single point measurement to enable a rapid signature (sample fingerprint) of the product being analysed. This means that immediate quality control, without the need to dilute concentrated dispersions, is possible.
These features contribute toward making the Turbiscan TLab the perfect instrument for identifying and measuring early changes in product stability in respect of particle size and concentration. ENDS.
Further details on the TLAb and the complete Turbiscan range is available at: www.fullbrooksytems.com Fullbrook Systems Ltd, Hemel Hempstead, UK.
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LESS HANDLING, LESS CLEANING WITH FLEXIBLE VACUUM MIXING -
The ability to disperse and mix under vacuum is becoming commonplace as it is often essential for performance and quality purposes to prepare products under closed conditions and that do not contain entrained air bubbles. A new Vacuum Dispersion and Mixing System which offers users’ outstanding flexibility, is now available from laboratory instrumentation specialists FULLBROOK SYSTEMS. The range of Dispermat CHS Vacuum Systems, manufactured by VMA-GETZMANN GmbH, is ideal for small batches and sample production where vacuum is required.
Unlike other vacuum dispersers the DISPERMAT CHS vacuum system offers users exceptional versatility because it is designed to accept single wall pails, buckets, non-standard and most importantly even users own containers. This means that materials can be processed without the need for dedicated vacuum containers, significantly reducing the time associated with handling and cleaning. Suitable containers can be secured in the vacuum system quickly and easily in just a few simple steps. Users place the container on the mobile system trolley then a top-mounted fixing ring is screwed into place which securely holds the container in place. The vacuum cylinder is then placed over the container whilst the assembled vacuum system is positioned underneath the powerful Dispermat AE pilot plant vacuum dissolver, ready for the dispersion process to begin.
The dissolver disc is height adjustable even with the cover in place which allows the blade to be positioned at the perfect height to ensure that addition of powders can be made to the batch under optimum conditions. This allows for the ideal dispersion conditions to be achieved which are typically indicated by a slow, rolling product flow (“doughnut effect”). The complete process and the product under vacuum are able to be observed by the operator through a large viewing glass in the vacuum cover. To enhance viewing a powerful LED lamp can be added if required as an option.
A vacuum can be pulled on the product at any stage, either during dispersion or at the end of the process. An optional wall scraper is available so that high-viscosity and thixotropic products can be dispersed easily. The high torque scraper system motor is mounted on the top of the vacuum cover and can be adjusted using the control panel.
The solid scraper arm within the vacuum container effectively removes any product residue which is sticking on the container wall and folds it back into the dispersion process. For temperature sensitive applications, an optional PT100 probe enables operators to control temperature as required.
At the end of the dispersion process the container is simply released and removed, the finished de-aerated and dispersed product is held in its own container, so no transfer to another container, which often adds air back in, or cleaning is required. The CHS system is then ready to accept the next batch.
The Dispermat CHS30 (pictured) accepts 30 litre containers but is also available for container volumes up to 60 litres and also for other specific container sizes if required. An explosion-proof ATEX certified version is also available.
Dispermat CHS vacuum dispersion and mixing systems are ideal for smaller batch applications across a wide range of industry sectors, such as; paints, varnishes, pigments, additives, printing inks, powder coatings, chemicals, plastics, or wherever efficient, flexible vacuum dispersion is required. ENDS.
Further details available from: Fullbrook Systems Ltd, Hemel Hempstead, UK.
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HORIZONTAL LABORATORY BEAD MILL IS COMPACT, ROBUST & RELIABLE
A new compact and robust horizontal BEAD MILL system which provides optimum versatility for a wide range of laboratory dispersion tasks has been introduced by FULLBROOK SYSTEMS, specialist suppliers of instrumentation for paint, printing, chemical and pharmaceutical applications.
The innovative DISPERMAT® SL-B is for fine grinding batch sizes from 150 to 750 ml and features an integrated mill base circulation system which means there are no external pumps to clean and speed control which is infinitely adjustable from 0 to 6000 rpm.
This new model utilises an integrated pneumatic press-out system which means that the mill base is pressed out to ensure that the dispersed product can be almost completely regained with minimal wastage. The product sample is conveyed through the horizontal milling chamber with minimal clearance volume by a spiral conveyor which is connected to the milling rotor while the separation of the mill base is made by a dynamic gap.
The robust and reliable Dispermat SL-B features a wear-resistant stainless steel milling chamber and a milling rotor made of hardened nitride steel. Shaft sealing is provided by a mechanical seal with integrated pressure system and cooling. The speed and timer controls are contained in separate stainless steel housing with a clear, easy-to-read digital display.
An explosion proof ATEX approved version is also available.
Further details available from: Fullbrook Systems Ltd, Hemel Hempstead, UK.
Tel: +44 (0) 1442 876777 Email: email@example.com www.fullbrooksytems.com
Oxfordshire-based Chiltern Connections is a provider of conformal coating machines and associated solutions for a wide range of industrial customers. Applications for its coating machines are generally highly specialised. For example, they are used to coat PCBs (printed circuit boards) as a means of preventing corrosion or protecting these important components from various environmental challenges and thereby helping to extend their working life. The services it offers include: sub-contracting, providing a range of coating materials, machinery for production lines, training and consultancy. Viscosity control is an essential part of the coating process and as a leading supplier of specialist analytical instrumentation and equipment, including Brookfield Ametek Viscometers, Fullbrook Systems has made an important contribution in helping Chiltern Connections to improve the reliability of their coating machines.
Viscosity control is an essential part of the coating process. For example, measuring viscosity consistently and reliably to a resolution of 1cP is an example of the quality-control standards required by the end-user and underlines the importance of the role of the viscometer to the overall performance of the coating machines. Reliability had been an issue with the original in-house design of viscometer previously used in Chiltern Connections coating machines. As a result, the decision was taken to source a commercially available viscometer, preferably with as few moving parts as possible so the objective of improving reliability and reducing unscheduled service call-outs, could be achieved.
As a result of discussions with various suppliers, Chiltern Connections selected Fullbrook Systems as it offered a more cost-effective solution with the Brookfield Ametek AST 100 Viscometer, combined with a fast and positive response to their requirements.
Following trials to establish the suitability of the AST 100 viscometer for its coating machines, Chiltern Connections placed an immediate order for a Brookfield AST 100, followed by an order for another two in 2015. The AST 100 provides direct, in-line viscosity measurement in a range of 2-12500 (cP or equivalent cup-seconds) and with a repeatability of ± 1 per cent of the reading. Among the key features of the AST 100 appreciated by Chiltern Connections are: a rugged 316 stainless steel construction, no moving parts to wear, bind or contact with process materials, hence its high reliability and ease of maintenance. It is also easy to install and can be cleaned-in-place.
Bob Speirs, engineering manager at Chiltern Connections said: “The biggest benefit has been reliability. Apart from one unit with a small electronics issue which Fullbrook Systems replaced quickly once we had described the fault, there have been no failures in service. As reliability had been our primary concern we are delighted with the performance. We especially like the easy mechanical and electrical interfacing into our systems and the integrated temperature probe.”