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Sweco Opens New Air Classifier Test Facility (posted 1/28/09)

Located in Florence, Ky., the lab will be used to conduct milling, classification, and coating trials on fine and ultrafine particles.

Sweco, a business unit of M-I LLC, recently announced the opening of a new North American test facility for its Ecutec business unit. Located in Florence, Ky., the 1000-square-foot laboratory will be used to conduct milling, classification, and coating trials on fine and ultrafine particles.

The new Ecutec lab is capable of milling and classifying products as fine as 1 micron. With a capacity of up to 1800 kg/hr (2 tph), the lab will be available for both small-scale batch tests and pilot-scale toll processing. It includes an 8000 rpm Ecutec NEA50 air classifier and a 22 kW (30 HP) KGM ball mill. In-line instrumentation continuously monitors and logs measurements of speed, temperature, pressure, flow and particle size parameters. In addition, a custom-designed control panel with a web interface allows for remote monitoring and control.

This new facility joins three existing Ecutec pilot-scale test facilities worldwide, including Barcelona, Spain; Enns, Austria; and Kolkata, India. The new Florence lab is part of a project to build 3000 square feet of new laboratory and analytical space to support Sweco’s North American industrial business.

For more information, e-mail info@sweco.com or visit www.sweco.com.

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