Freeman Technology to Present Powder Rheology Work at International Granulation Conference

Freeman Technology will be presenting a poster 'The characterisation of granulation wet masses using powder rheometry', at the International Granulation Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland from 20-22 June 2011. The poster describes how to steer wet granulation towards a desirable endpoint using Freeman Technology's FT4 Powder Rheometer. Reliable endpoint detection is crucial for the efficient and consistent production of granules of optimal quality. To download a copy of the poster, visit www.freemantech.co.uk.

Widely used in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, wet granulation converts powders into granules to, for example, improve flow and reduce segregation. Its successful application requires recognition of the point at which the granules attain the properties needed to form a product of the desired quality. The FT4 Powder Rheometer measures the Basic Flow Energy (BFE) of a granulation, a powder property that is independent of scale. Research shows that changes in BFE precisely indicate the transition point from wet mass to granules, which usually marks the endpoint of a granulation process, making the parameter useful in development, optimization and scale-up studies.

Freeman Technology's FT4 Powder Rheometer is a universal powder tester that uses patented dynamic methodology, fully automated shear cells and several bulk property tests, including density, compressibility and permeability to quantify powder properties in terms of flow and processability. Correlating this data with processing performance enables users to optimise powder processes. For further information, visit www.freemantech.co.uk.

About Freeman Technology

Freeman Technology specialises in providing systems for the measurement of powder flow properties and has over a decade of experience in powder flow and powder characterisation. With a significant commitment to R&D and applications development, the company delivers extensive know-how alongside its universal powder tester, the FT4 Powder Rheometer. An expert team guides and supports users in addressing their individual powder challenges, the process relevance of powder characterisation data being a key focus. The result is world-leading solutions for understanding powder behaviour, whether in development, scale-up, processing, quality control, or wherever powders have a role. In April 2007 the company received the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

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