Control the Quality of your Chemical Mixtures with FlowCam®

chemicals-main-flowcam-imageRecent studies have shown that knowing the actual length and width of particles in chemical formulations can be of critical importance to product effectiveness. 

FlowCam gives you this information instantly – providing you with an accurate size distribution, shape information, and a digital image of each particle.

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Know Your Mixture to Ensure Consistency 

You can use the FlowCam to maintain quality control in a variety of chemical mixtures, including paint and coatings, printing ink and ink jet toner, consumer products, such as detergents and shampoos, adhesives, as well as dispersions, emulsions and mixtures. 

Some examples of how the FlowCam can be used in the Chemical Industry Include:

  • Controlling quality of chemical mixture
  • Optimizing the microencapsulation process
  • Characterizing column packing material in chromatography

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FlowCam® Application Spotlight 

Quality Control of a Solvent-Based Chemical

A solvent-based chemical used in the production of a globally available consumer product required a specific ratio of solid, black specks dispersed throughout the opaque liquid. If a sample lacked the proper ratio of particulates, the entire batch was discarded. With production humming in quantities measured by the metric ton, each bad batch could cost thousands upon thousands of dollars. But more alarming to the quality assurance team was the potential for a bad sample to slip through testing, earn approval and ship to a customer. Once there, a bad batch would manifest itself in a variety of costly production woes that would ultimately be traced back to the quality of the chemical.

To determine whether each batch sample contained the proper amount of particulates, the company relied on a manual inspection system combining traditional microscopes and the naked eye. But making slides and grabbing images of every particle of every batch was time consuming, labor intensive and impractical at best, if virtually impossible. With the FlowCam they were able to automate and accelerate the entire testing process.

Using the FlowCam they determine the length, width, and opacity of each particle and then characterize, document and archive each one for further analysis. In a few seconds, the FlowCam can image as many particles as a skilled lab technician with a high-end microscope can image in the course of a week, and with finer resolution and superior detail. Plus use of the FlowCam also reduces chemical handling and minimizes exposure to staff and the environment.

With their library of visual, tangible knowledge, the quality assurance team can quickly email the images to manufacturing and help pinpoint the root cause of a process interruption while providing a common basis for the discussion. The speed and certainty of documenting the culprit particles saves time, reduces waste production and ensures peak material quality.

The FlowCam provides them with an amazing insight into the entire process that has provided a level of understanding that just could not happen with any other technology. The company established a new set of batch testing criteria based on the unique abilities of the FlowCam.

FlowCam® Image Gallery - Industrial Particles

  • Encapsulated Flavors

    Encapsulated Flavors

  • Diamond_Superabrasive_Material

    Diamond Superabrasive Material

  • chromatography-packing-material---acceptable

    Chromatography Packing Material - Acceptable

  • chromatography-packing-material---unacceptable

    Chromatography Packing Material - Unacceptable

  • Fiberglass_Fibers

    Fiberglass Fibers

  • Glass Microspheres

    Glass Microspheres

  • Silica_Gel

    Silica Gel

  • Wash_Water_Impurities

    Wash Water Impurities

  • Cellulose_Fibers

    Cellulose Fibers

  • Engine_oil_metal_shavings

    Engine oil metal shavings

  • Fabric_Softener-Microcapsules__Intact

    Fabric Softener Microcapsules Intact

  • Fabric_Softener-Microcapsules_Broken

    Fabric Softener Microcapsules Broken

  • Pourous_cellulose

    Pourous cellulose

Application Note Download

Application Note

See how the FlowCam can be utilized to make column chromatography more efficient. 

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Free eBook

e-Book Guide

Learn more in The Ultimate Guide to Dynamic Imaging Particle Analysis for Industrial Particles.

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See how image quality effects your results when using imaging particle analysis in this informative paper.

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