ARTMiS is an automated real-time milling/micronization system offering exceptional process control and optimal efficiency for low tonnage, high value applications across the pharmaceuticals, foods, speciality chemicals and personal care industries.
Developed in a collaborative partnership that draws on the expertise of three companies, this multi-component solution includes: the Insitec laser diffraction particle size analyzer from Malvern Instruments, which measures particle size reduction in real-time; a Micronizer Jet Mill from Sturtevant Inc; and an AccuRate precision feeder control from Schenck Accurate. The mill and feeder are controlled by the Malvern Link II software using the particle size distribution (PSD) data from the Insitec. The software includes the option for communication to data historians or plant DCS through integrated OPC server functionality.
ARTMiS simplifies milling so that the user need only input a set point for the controlling particle size parameter, set mill pressures and load the feeder. Feed rate then varies automatically to meet the defined PSD set point. If feed quality or mill conditions change then the particle size reduction process will respond rapidly, maintaining product quality at all times. ARTMiS is a responsive process that delivers consistent product.
Benefits of ARTMiS include:
- Maximized throughput and yield
ARTMiS delivers ‘right first time’ production. Transition times to a new specification are rapid and mill down time is minimal. Make the PSD you want to make, and maximize throughput, yield and asset utilization.
- Efficient process control with negligible manual intervention
Continuous real-time PSD measurement eliminates the need for repeat analyses and reduces dependence on lab functions (off-line particle size analysis). Automated analysis and operation ensure effective control with minimal manual input.
- Exceptional product consistency
Continuous measurement of the exiting product provides assurance of exemplary product quality. And the process is responsive. Automated process adjustments can compensate for inconsistent variables (such as feed stock size or feed rate changes) to produce higher quality products with more exacting PSD control.
Alternatively for further information on how to automate an existing mill/micronisation process using the Insitec particle size analyzer please visit http://www.malvern.com/processeng/systems/automation/automation.htm
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