Micropore's new, potentially game-changing industrial technology, has been recognised with the 2018 award for innovation at the 12th Annual NEPIC Industry Awards
Although the body of the Micropore AXP-1 crossflow membrane emulsification unit is less than 12 inches long it is capable of producing product emulsions at quality and quantity (well over 1,000 tonnes/year of product) that simply hasn’t been possible to achieve previously via the traditional homogenisers used in manufacturing products from mayonnaise to hand creams.
The uniqueness of Micropore’s technology is its potential for creating emulsions featuring highly uniform droplet sizes. For product emulsions, (combinations of substances) this creates an inherently more stable product and better quality product. Less unwanted additives are required in the process, reducing raw material costs and, because the mixing process is gentler for the ingredients, sensitive substances can be processed without damage – significantly reducing wastage.
At first glance the precision-engineered tubular Micropore AXF-1 device is deceptively simple, featuring no moving parts. The substance to be dispersed in the emulsion is pumped through the membrane tube, passing through the laser drilled micro pores whilst the continuous phase substance flows around the tube providing the shear force necessary to deform and detach the droplets as they form through the membrane. It is the precise size and distribution of the pores in the membrane that enables the production of droplets of a highly uniform size. Adjusting the flow rates of each substance allows different droplet sizes to be created.
The Micropore AXF-1 is the final piece of the jigsaw in Micropore’s product line-up and removes the last barrier to scale-up to mass manufacturing.
Emulsions produced through the Micropore system can also be turned into microcapsules for a variety of products where highly uniform capsule sizes is equally desirable to ensure a consistency of product delivery.
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