In the impressive world of nanotechnology, getting to even smaller scale is increasingly important. For example, pharmaceutical companies who want their drugs to be faster acting on patients are considering nanoparticle formulation to improve the dissolution rate and solubility of their compounds.

The THINKY NP-100 Nano Pulveriser breaks up particles using impact fragmentation, taking larger particles down to nano-size. In a controlled process taking only minutes, particles in the 10 micron range are reduced to 100 nanometre sizes or less with tight particle size distribution. The THINKY NP-100 uses planetary revolution and rotation action to produce a centrifugal force on a 45° plane to create strong concentrated energy that increases collision, friction and shear force, combined with a chiller to provide temperature control. The nanoparticles are subsequently separated out from the pulverising media by using a mesh filter in a ‘Clean Media’ mode, a process which takes place in the same machine.

The THINKY NP-100 can process small quantities, down to 3 mg. Its quick operation reduces the potential for contamination from the pulverising media and containers. It is suitable for nanomaterials including inorganic pigments, pharmaceutical compounds, drug and medicines, and battery materials. Examples include naproxen, nifedipine, danazol, griseofulvin, phenytoin, indomethacin, aluminium oxide, titanium oxide, lithium carbonate and iron phosphate.

Get more product specifications and details and contact the team to discuss this technology further.

 

The Problem
A leading industrial electronics company was developing a new industrial inverter model that required a high cured thickness of conformal coating to meet electric performance. The product they were using at the time was a solvent-based coating with a low cured thickness. Air pollution and odours from solvent based coatings were  a concern for environmental and health & safety reasons. The business was looking for an environmentally friendly and solvent free coating to use in order to enhance quality and increase production of their printed circuit boards. 

Dymax 9482 conformal coating

The Solution
Committed to nurturing collaborative partnerships with customers, our partners in the Dymax Application Engineering (AE) team worked closely with the customer to come up with an innovative solution to protect the pcb’s from harsh environments. The customer needed an environment-friendly conformal coating that does not crack, delaminate, or show signs of corrosion, while maintaining mechanical and electrical properties after testing. After tests with the customer’s parts, the team recommended Dymax 9482 Dual-Cure Light/Moisture-Cure Conformal Coating. This material’s secondary cure mechanism ensures the curing of any coating which goes underneath components into shadowed areas which wouldn’t cure with light. This conformal coating achieved a UL 94-V0 flammability rating up to 10 mm thick, which makes it suitable for environmental protection of circuitry, wire harnesses, electronic components and other surfaces needing a protective coating. It passes thermal shock requirements from -55°C and up to 135°C at 0.25mm, while protecting against moisture, condensation, dust, dirt, salts, chemicals, abrasion, thermal shock, mechanical shock and other factors that can all affect circuit performance.

Dymax 9482 proved suitable for the customer’s application as it is engineered for coating thicknesses up to 250 µm and becomes tack free immediately after UV curing, helping to avoid handling defects and reduce processing time and costs. It contains no non-reactive solvents and fluoresces vivid blue when exposed to UV blacklight (365 nm) for easy post-cure inspection.

The Results
The customer was very satisfied with how the Dymax material improved their process, allowing them to increase output by 30%.

We have two new precision dispensing tips to add to our smooth flow tapered dispensing tips range.

Responding to research conducted, the dispensing tips were developed to aid the problems associated with the increasing miniaturisation of applications. Smaller applications tend to require more precision and smaller deposit sizes of material. Some methods using conventional tips like straight blunt end metal dispensing tips in smaller applications can encounter problems of fluid backpressure and fluid dripping or drool. The two new precision tips are proven to reduce dispensing time, fluid dripping and backpressure in order to enable a more consistent dispense of smaller volumes, especially with high viscosity materials.

Available in 27 gauge and 30 gauge, these tips lend themselves particularly well to industries where miniaturisation is becoming ever prominent, such as medical device and industrial electronics manufacture. With an ID of only 0.15mm, the 30 gauge tip is also the first polymer taper dispense tip of this size to be available in the European marketplace.

For information about these tips, please contact our team.

 

We are on the hunt for an Accounts Administrator, joining a small team in a fast growing business. It is a varied role, with multiple tasks across the accounts function. Have a look at the job description and get in touch if you are interested!

Accounts Administrator

Only one week to go until we exhibit at the FAST Exhibition on Thursday 11th May 2017!

INTERTRONICS at the FAST Exhibition

Our MD Peter Swanson will be giving a seminar entitled Adhesives: Pros and Cons of UV Light Curing Using LEDs. The seminar will discuss how light-curing adhesives, coatings and protective materials work and the significant improvements they can provide in the process of assembly. It will present an overview of the technology, including example applications and capabilities, as well as recent advances which can help improve productivity, both in light curable chemistry and the curing equipment. Afterwards, head to our exhibitor stand at the show where the team can introduce themselves and answer any questions you may have.

The FAST Exhibition will be held at The National Motorcycle Museum, National Conference Centre in Solihull. Entry is free, but by pre-registration only, so book your attendance and your seminar place at the same time.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, 11 May!

Thinky Appreciation Award

At the recent Thinky European sales meeting in Oxford, we we absolutely delighted to be presented with this Appreciation Award. It reads:

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to you for being actively engaged in the sales activity and making great contributions to the sales of our products over the years. We hereby present this certificate in recognition of your dedication and commitment. 

We are clear on some fundamentals about our business which this reflects.

We carefully choose suppliers to work with who not only have great products, but also share our values. Our shared values have a deep customer focus. Succeeding in the market depends on leveraging each other’s strengths in powerful partnerships. When all this aligns, it is relatively easy for us to be dedicated and committed.

We are very grateful to Thinky Corporation for our partnerhip in selling THINKY Mixing and Degassing Machines.