Development teams at Steuler KCH Materials are using Malvern Instruments' Kinexus rotational rheometer to help analyse the rheological characteristics of products such as spray coatings.
Steuler KCH specialises in the provision of industrial corrosion protection in the form of mechanically and thermally resistant materials and linings for steel and concrete structures.
Dr Daniel Kessler, head of research and development - rubber linings at Steuler KCH, said: 'Kinexus helps us to study the rheological properties of our systems analytically and develop future formulations.
'It allows us to continually improve product quality, leading to a direct saving in time and costs,' he added.
The Kinexus rheometer is designed to meet rheology needs across a variety of research sectors, industries and application areas.
The rSpace software interface makes standard operating procedure (SOP)-driven tests available to enable robust rheology testing for users at all levels of experience.
Kessler said: 'We use the Kinexus system to simulate the complete processing cycle of our products.
'This ranges from storage stability, such as settling of fillers, to the actual injection process, which involves high shear rates and shear thinning of the material.
'It also enables us to analyse the products' behaviour on the wall, where we can observe flow, rupture strength at constant shear stresses, yield point and build-up of homogenous layers,' he added.
Kessler explained that his research teams appreciate the simple implementation of standard tests using the Kinexus and the intuitive design of complex measurement requirements.