Industrial Tomography Systems (ITS) has launched the MIX-ITOMETER, designed to optimise industrial mixing processes for cosmetic and personal care manufacturers.
The MIX-ITOMETER uses volumetric imaging to present a cross sectional view of the entire process volume in real time.
Data is captured by the system’s monitoring sensor which surveys more than 200 locations within the container in order to measure average concentration as well as mixing index.
A PC-based interface also offers even greater process visualisation through optional 3D images.
“We know from working with customers such as Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline and Colgate that the texture and feel of products in this sector is essential to their success; meaning individual mixing processes must meet exacting specifications. The challenge facing manufacturers is how to achieve a quality outcome, while still optimising productivity," said Ken Primrose, chief executive officer for Industrial Tomography Systems.
“Extensive testing of the MIX-ITOMETER with market-leading manufacturers in wide ranging applications - from bodywash and shampoo to toothpaste and moisturiser - confirmed its significant potential and benefits on an industrial scale,” he added.
The three-part system comprising sensor, control instrumentation and software is suitable for industrial environments.
The monitoring sensor is available as a linear probe for batch mixing in existing vessels, or as a spool piece where in-line mixers are used to blend formulations.
Data is output as a 4-20mA signal for seamless process control; such as activating a mixer when a new ingredient is detected and turning off once the mixture is homogenous.
The sensitive sensor control instrumentation is housed in a robust, climate controlled, metal cabinet designed to reduce the risk of damage.