Ultrasonic Process Optimization & Consulting
Our well-trained staff has many years of experience in ultrasonic processing. We proactively support our customers from the first ideas and trials to the final installation of the industrial processing of large volume streams. In close and confidential cooperation, Hielscher assists its customers from feasibility testing through process optimization to the final scale-up and integration of the final ultrasonic system.
1. Feasibility: Is it working?
If a customer approaches us with his process idea, the first step is to investigate if ultrasound provides the desired effects. Therefore, first feasibility trials can be carried out – normally in batch mode – on small laboratory/ bench-top scale. Such feasibility tests are relatively easy to undertake. The specific material is sonicated in small volumes at different ultrasound intensities and setting. The results give a good indication if the target goal can be achieved by sonication.
Sophisticated feasibility test can be carried out at the customers’ side or at Hielscher’s ultrasonic processing facility. Contact us with your processing ideas!
2. Optimization: What is most efficient process setup?
After a successful feasibility testing, it becomes interesting what the ultrasonic process will cost on industrial processing scale. Hielscher’s high power ultrasonicators allow for the optimization of the process and the fully linear scaleability of the ultrasonic process to industrial production stage. All our bench-top devices are built on industrial grade: inline sonication at heavy duty & 24/7 operation, very reliable and robust. On bench-top scale, all important processing parameters can be influenced on target so that the most beneficial, efficient and effective process setup will be found:
- optimal ultrasound intensity (amplitude, flow rate)
- optimal pressure
- optimal process temperature
- ideal setup (single pass or recirculation)
An elaborated optimization can be carried out at the customers’ side or at Hielscher’s ultrasonic processing facility. Contact us regarding your process targets!
3. Scale-up: How to process on full-commercial production scale?
When the ultrasonic process has been optimized, the ideal process parameters can be linearly scaled up to production size. The process capacity can be precisely calculated on basis of the results obtained during optimization. Hielscher’s staff helps you to integrate the industrial ultrasonic devices into your production line – either by designing the ultrasonic equipment for a new production facility or by retrofitting the ultrasonicators into an already existing plant.
Our broad product range and our skilled engineers allow for the most suitable adaption and for optimal results. Installation, service and training are of course part of our worldwide available service offerings.
Industrial Ultrasonic Equipment
Hielscher’s industrial ultrasonicators are available at different sizes – suitable to the individual process targets. A broad range of ultrasonic accessories (different probe sizes and shapes e.g. for extremely high amplitudes, high pressures, high temperatures; booster horns; flow cells, etc.) completes the assortment for industrial ultrasonic processing. Intense processes can be easily and reliable fullfilled with individual ultrasonic setups adapted to the specific process conditions.
Hielscher’s High Power Ultrasonic Equipment:
- broad off-the-shelf product range
- high amplitudes up to 180µm with standard sonotrodes (higher upon request)
- very high and low process temperatures: from liquid nitrogen to liquid aluminum
- high viscous liquids and pastes – also containing larger pieces
- ATEX/ FM certified ultrasonic processors off-the-shelf available
- many ultrasonic technology and process patents
Talk to us about your process! We will be glad to assist you from the very first ideas to the realisation of the commercial process!
Service, Maintenance and Training
Even if our ultrasonicators are easy to operate and need only very little maintenance, Hielscher is always glad to assists you with additional services around the topic of ultrasonic processing!
Facts Worth Knowing
Ultrasonic tissue homogenizers are often referred to as probe sonicator/ sonificator, sonic lyser, ultrasound disruptor, ultrasonic grinder, sono-ruptor, sonifier, sonic dismembrator, cell disrupter, ultrasonic disperser, emulsifier or dissolver. The different terms result from the various applications that can be fulfilled by sonication.