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In This Issue - 2015年春季通讯

Working to new standards

New ASTM standard

A growing global community

Demonstrating a return on investment

Due North

Presenting to the FDA

Next steps in tableting studies with GEA Pharma Systems

Reaching out to China

 

Working to new standards

Two quite different events over the last quarter have combined to highlight the importance of working to agreed and well-understood standards. One was the successful completion of our latest ISO 9001 audit; the other the release of a new ASTM standard for shear cell testing with the FT4 (see below for more details).

Quality standards help to provide a good foundation for fair competition and recognise those who bring rigor to their activities. Companies like ours, whose products deliver information, are only too aware of the value to our customers of data integrity – whether the results are being used to advance a research programme, or to ensure finished product quality. Working to agreed standards, in instrument design and manufacture, or testing, provides the assurance needed for the confident use of data. Though these two standards are very different, I welcome progress in both areas, and the associated external validation of our work.

Tim Freeman, Managing Director

 

New ASTM standard

ASTM D7891 'Standard Test Method for Shear Testing of Powders using the Freeman Technology FT4 Powder Rheometer', provides a new reference for anyone looking to exploit the shear testing capabilities of the FT4. Published by Subcommittee D18.24 on Characterization and Handling of Powders and Bulk Solids, this new standard details the apparatus and procedures for determining parameters such as Cohesion, Unconfined Yield Strength and Flow Function. Its publication recognises the need for clearly defined shear testing methodologies and the associated features of the FT4 that address the specific challenges of this technique.

 

A growing global community

If you own or are considering investing in an FT4 Powder Rheometer then you’re part of a community that is growing more rapidly than ever before. Q1 saw record sales with a steady stream of FT4s departing headquarters, destined for laboratories and production environments across the globe. The rise in numbers appears to be directly related to increased awareness of the value that powder processors can derive from the information that the instrument delivers, but undoubtedly is also due to the hard work of our global team.

 

Demonstrating a return on investment

‘The Value of Powder Testing’ is the third instalment in our series of information booklets covering core aspects of powder testing. It addresses questions such as: what makes powder test data valuable and how can I identify ways in which powder testing might deliver an economic return? Example studies show how to estimate potential gains when justifying capital expenditure. The other titles in the series are ‘An Introduction to Powders’ and ‘Choosing a Powder Tester’.

Click here to read 'The Value of Powder Testing'.

 

Due North

A new distribution partner for the Nordic region

Freeman Technology is very pleased to welcome Powder Development as our exclusive distribution partner for the Nordic countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. The company is headed by Christer Rosen, who is well-known in the region for his expertise in the field of powder characterisation and its industrial application, so I know that our Nordic customers will enjoy exemplary local support. Contact Christer at Powder Development by or meet him in person at September’s powder technology course at Lund University…

Upcoming course at Lund University: How well do you know your powder?

Knowing your powder sufficiently well to understand how it will behave in specific processes is the overarching theme for a course at Lund University, Sweden in September. ‘Powder Technology in Pharma, Food, Chemistry and Metallurgy’ will run from September 9 to 11, 2015 and is open to anyone working with powders in industry or academia, from R&D through to production.

 

Presenting to the FDA

In mid-February Tim Freeman presented to the FDA on the subject of ‘Modern Methods of Characterizing Powder Flow Properties’. With a well-publicised agenda of promoting Quality by Design and re-invigorating pharmaceutical manufacturing in the US, the FDA continues to encourage the adoption of new analytical technologies via, for example, the Process Analytical Technology initiative. The key theme of the talk was how the FT4 Powder Rheometer can add value in the pharmaceutical industry across R&D and formulation, through process development and scale-up and into commercial manufacture / product QC.

 

Next steps in tableting studies with GEA Pharma Systems

Our collaborative work with GEA continues, with the aim of identifying powder properties that are measurable at the granulation stage of a tableting process and which will predict finished tablet quality. The latest results reveal a direct correlation between the flow properties of granules produced in GEA’s ConsiGma™1 continuous granulation unit and tablet hardness, a critical quality attribute. These results are helping to confirm the potential application of dynamic powder testing as an at-line PAT for continuous tablet manufacture. For the latest update on this project go to http://goo.gl/0aBVX2

 

Reaching out to China

New website

With our office in China now firmly established we’re pleased to be strengthening other resources for the region. This quarter saw the launch of our Chinese language website which provides authoritative information on all aspects of powder testing, presented in a straightforward, easy to understand way. The address for the new website is: http://www.freemantech.com.cn.

First seminar hosted by Shanghai office

In early April we hosted a seminar in Shanghai entitled ‘Understanding Powder Flow and Powder Behaviour’. The seminar was well-attended with delegates from the ceramics, toners, food, pharmaceutical and additive manufacturing sectors. Please click here to read an Antpedia interview, with Tim Freeman, from the event.