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Successful Plant Trials with Malvern Insitec Encourage Switch to On-Line Analysis

12 February 2008: Malvern, UK: Malvern Instruments' recently-introduced consultancy service for in-process particle size analysis is proving highly successful, with more than 85% of clients subsequently switching to on-line analysis. During the five-day consultancy period a Malvern specialist uses the Insitec Voyager, a mobile particle size analyzer, to conduct a plant trial. The resulting real-time data stream allows the client to properly quantify the benefits of on-line measurement, for their specific process.

"The consultancy service is proving extremely valuable," remarks David Pugh, marketing manager for Malvern process systems. "It allows potential customers to understand how on-line analysis can transform their process and to address any concerns they might have. The result is a high take-up of the technology."

Insitec Voyager is suitable for dry processes with particles in the size range 1 to 1000 microns. It is normally installed on the process line in just a few hours, requiring only the provision of the required tappings, instrument air and a suitable electrical supply. Real-time particle size data are generated for the bulk of the trial, allowing the client to thoroughly explore the potential for improved control. Quantifying this potential provides a sound basis for investment decisions.

"The switch to on-line analysis involves capital investment and accurately estimating return is a key part of the decision-making process," continues David Pugh. "'In general, customers report payback times of around six months, but this approach delivers process-specific information. A trial also gives the user confidence that the technology will deliver the projected benefits."

About Malvern Instruments

Malvern Instruments is a global company that develops, manufactures and markets advanced analytical systems used in characterizing a wide variety of materials, from bulk powders to the latest nanomaterials and delicate macromolecules. Innovative technologies and powerful software produce systems that deliver industrially relevant data enabling customers to make the connection between micro (eg particle size) and macro (bulk) material properties (rheology) and chemical composition (chemical imaging). Malvern laboratory, on-line and in-line solutions are proven in sectors from cement to pharmaceuticals and support the understanding, improvement and optimization of many industrial processes.

Headquartered in Malvern, UK, the company has subsidiary organizations in all major European markets, North America, China, Korea and Japan, key partnerships in India, a global distributor network and a number of applications laboratories around the world.

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Trish Appleton
Kapler Communications
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