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Powder Flow Analysis - Industry Examples


A vast range of powders - a wide range of tests.  All types of powder need to flow!

It is estimated that over 50% of manufactured products are powders at some stage during their production.

These powders will possess a wide range of properties such as consolidation caking, cohesion, and powder flow speed dependence, all of which will imact on their storage and bulk flow.

The following list details some industries where powder flow knowledge is known to be of major significance.

Why Measure Powder Flow? details some application and operation areas where commercial advantage, profit, and product performance within these and similar industries can be enhanced by an improved knowledge of powder flow.

Pharmaceutical

Granulation, Inhalers, Tablets, Capsules, Powders

Abrasive and fine powders

Diamond, ceramic, and metallic powders and pastes for grinding, polishing, magnetic recording tapes

Catalysts

In process and environmental (gas absorbtion) powder and granule flow.

Ceramics

Powder and wet mix for extrusions

Chemical

Fine chemicals for pharmaceutical, paint, print, toner, food, ...

Chemical

Agro fertiliser, herbicides, pesticides

Chemical

Detergents, enzymes

Confectionery

Chocolate and cocoa butter powders, sugar, flavours, fillings including diced and sliced.

Construction

Sand, lime, cement, plaster, sawdust, wood chip

Cosmetics

Eye shadow, blush, powder, lipstick formulation, lotions and creams

Energy

Coal and other powdered fuels, nuclear fuel granules

Food

Grains, flour, spices, dried milk and powdered drinks, sugar, starch, crumbs and coatings, ...

Metallurgy

Iron and Steel powders, quartz, ore, sintered powders

Paint

Pigments, fillers, binders (titanium dioxide)

Toner

As used in photocopiers

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