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Tuesday 12 January 2016

Measuring Powder Flow – Pharmaceutical Powders

Powder that doesn't flow properly could give you a severe headache.
Powder flow analysis is extremely valuable in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as in many others.
Objective and repeatable testing combined with ranking of dry powder samples can provide significant opportunities and benefits. These include optimising batch and source selection in terms of cost and quality; the development of best mix formulations; optimising scaling up and process conditions; and maintaining product quality control. 

Innovative technology provides such data either by measuring and comparing products capable of flow, or by assessing sample behaviour under test conditions simulating in-process or product handling conditions. 

Best-practice raw material purchasing, processing efficiency, waste minimisation and product quality - before and after storage, packing and transportation - are all desirable for manufacturers. The application of practical powder rheology is a valuable tool for achieving these goals.

In this video we show examples of the difference in flowability of such products as ethylcellulose and powdered influenza medication and the tool for the measurement of their flow properties.     

One instrument – endless application possibilities
Being able to measure powder/granule flow is of prime importance to manufacturers, but as quality standards continue to rise, few can afford to stop there. Finished product testing is essential to ensure correct performance and safeguard reputation, sales and market share. 

By using a Powder Flow Analyser, manufacturers are able to change the attachments on the instrument for testing semi-finished and finished products as well. This offers considerable financial savings, as well as simplifying training and releasing valuable lab space. 

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We can design and manufacture probes or fixtures for the TA.XTplus texture analyser that are bespoke to your sample and its specific measurement.

Once your measurement is performed, our expertise in its graphical interpretation is unparalleled. Not only can we develop the most suitable and accurate method for the testing of your sample, but we can also prepare analysis procedures that obtain the desired parameters from your curve and drop them into a spreadsheet or report designed around your requirements.

For more information on how to measure texture, please visit the Texture Analysis Properties section on our website.

TA.XTplus texture analyser with bloom jar The
TA.XTplus texture analyser is part of a family of texture analysis instruments and equipment from Stable Micro Systems. An extensive portfolio of specialist attachments is available to measure and analyse the textural properties of a huge range of food products. Our technical experts can also custom design instrument fixtures according to individual specifications.

No-one understands texture analysis like we do!

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