In many instances, thermal effusivity can be an appropriate proxy for other, seemingly unrelated parameters. This, combined with the ability to provide real time information, makes C-Therm technology particularly applicable to direct use in the manufacturing process.
One such application of C-Therm sensors is to monitor the blending of pharmaceutical powders during production. This procedure, based on the correlation of thermal effusivity and blend uniformity, ensures the homogeneity of the multi-ingredient powders prior to being pressed into tablet or capsule form. It provides valuable information during processing that helps improve quality and reduce the production losses or liability risks due to incorrectly blended batches.
With the capability to test for settling in solids, homogeneity of powders, and contamination in liquids, C-Therm technology is ideally suited to a wide range of industries – from evaluating automotive paint consistency to testing for the presence of concealed components within inaccessible areas of sub-assemblies.
Key Benefits for Manufacturing
- Customized solutions – as a solutions-based company, C-Therm will work with you to evaluate proxy correlation, material testing requirements, and integration steps to implement their innovative technology
- Faster scale up – rapid testing and instantaneous information can accelerate pre-production testing and ease the transition from prototype to production
- Non-destructive testing – testing will not affect, taint or destroy the sample, allowing it to be used on in-process materials, including food and pharmaceutical products
- Increased production knowledge – online monitoring offers new insights into the dynamics of production real time, thus allowing process improvements
- Pre-screening of inputs – many production problems can be avoided through the screening of incoming materials for consistency using C-Therm thermal effusivity sensors
- Root cause analysis – production data from C-Therm's technology permits faster, more accurate troubleshooting and assessment of variable conditions in the manufacturing chain – thereby reducing bottlenecks and downtime
- Seeing “through” exterior layers – testing can be calibrated to look past external layers to evaluate the core of a material, or to detect properties or components concealed within sub-assemblies, products or packaging
- Reduced costs – online monitoring ensures productions specifications are maintained in-process, and helps reduce the cost of lost production runs or batches due to possible contamination