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Processing-related data such as melt characteristics, the effect of additives, temperature

and shear stability as well as dynamic viscosity during shear are of great significance to the development of innovative polymers. Process simulation in the form of the compounding and extrusion of rods, profiles or films, combined with rheological or visual measurements, helps the plastics industry to optimize procedural parameters, to create inspection bodies for tests or to perform quality checks on incoming and outgoing goods for viscosity, dispersion or plastifying characteristics.

Remote diagnostics


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The pharmaceutical industry places stringent requirements on its products ­

ranging from raw materials to compounds. This is necessary simply to ensure patient safety. It is also necessary reduce drug development costs even in the research phase. To do this, it is economical to use very small volumes of expensive compounds at a very early stage in the product life cycle to gather rheological measurement data, including processability and effectiveness. Production methods are also subject to ongoing optimization and have to be redeveloped continuously. To achieve this, the purest special steels are needed in the production of rheological measurement devices, as is 100 % purity when changing products, the accuracy and reliability of the rheological measurement results under compliance with stringent statutory conditions, such as the requirements of the FDA and reliable, flexible production simulations.

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ceramic injection molding To do this, a flexible, modular and suspensions of porcelain of ceramic compounds with


The impact of carbon black on the cross-linking characteristics of a rubber compound and

the dispersion or vulcanization and flow properties of rubber are key to product quality in the rubber industry. Furthermore, optimized end product mixing times are important not only to ensure efficient use of production plants, but also to successfully launch competitive products onto the market.




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As with the pharmaceutical industry, the food industry is also subject to stringent statutory

conditions. Key concepts such as innovative recipe development, comprehensible production simulation and reliable quality assurance require a powerful rheometer platform in conjunction with pioneering measurement extruders and mixers - a platform that considerably simplifies everyday lab work.

Rheological measurement data relating to dispersability, ability to withstand and flow characteristics of compounds and pastes provide the ceramics industry with valuable information to optimize products rheometer platform is needed to evaluate product processes used for manufacturing ceramics and/or ceramic. The figures issued by Thermo Electron Corporation speak for themselves: 70 % of nano particles have been developed using a mixer or compounder from Thermo.

"plug & measure" principle

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HAA KE PolyLab OS System |

The modular HAAKE PolyLab OS is an innovative torque

rheometer platform for process engineering in a wide range of markets. "OS" stands for the fundamental platform concept, that of Open System. The system architecture has been designed on an open industry standard, allowing a number of standardized sensors and systems to be connected to it for optical, viscosity and spectroscopy measurements. Innovative research requires measurement equipment that can configured differently for specific projects and then reconfigured after just a few tests. Unlike HAAKE PolyLab OS, measurement devices that cover just one application scenario cannot be used in a dynamic environment.

HAAKE PolyLab OS is characterized by a high degree of flexibility and ­ in accordance with the principle of "plug & measure" ­ can be quickly and easily adapted to the requirements of a specific application. This is done with the aid of standardized CAN Open Bus for internal communication and of the USB interface for connection to a PC. Not only are existing system components used, but modified sensors and/or in-house developments are also linked to the platform for increased economy. Customers can be assured their investments are protected in the future.


A faster return on investment is critical when deciding to purchase new equipment. The new HAAKE PolyLab OS platform was developed to provide immediate benefits possible in research & development, pilot systems or production. For example the new system can be used to perform mixer measurements and extruder experiments on polymers, ceramic mixtures, rubber samples or foods but with much less effort than in the past.


After filling the mixer or extruder and starting the series of tests, the operator can leave the equipment to perform other tasks. The current status of an experiment can be called up at any time using a web browser or organizer (PDA), regardless of location. As a result, more laboratory or experimental work can be performed within the same timeframe. The whole sequence of experiments is defined and executed step-by-step in a software procedure (measurement task). Errors, alarms or messages requiring the attention of lab personnel are displayed on all monitors (PC, PDA). Research projects aim for innovative approaches to solutions and for planning new series of experiments. The devices used for research applications are simply a means to an end. Device downtime not only causes repair costs, it also causes delays in product time to market. This may cause a company to lose its competitive advantage, a very serious problem.


The new PolyLab OS system minimizes these risks through a secured data line, which allows service and maintenance to be done quickly. Error diagnoses can be made and problems corrected remotely if desired. Calibrated assemblies can be replaced on-site by the user, mechanic or a Thermo service engineer due to the device's "plug & measure" principle. The HAAKE PolyLab OS is controlled by software. Special system Data Manager application software ensures various evaluation routines (standard or individual) for the rapid graphic processing of measurement data using variables.


These variables only have to be defined once and are then generated at the touch of a button during subsequent test series. The objective is automatic measurement via software and evaluation following proven methods. This is complemented by complete data logging to guarantee the comprehensibility of the test structure and to satisfy statutory safety requirements. Comprehensive data logging is accomplished simply at the press of a button. Requirements such as professional and meaningful preparation of accurate rheological measurement data, information on process optimization, the "plug & measure" principle and rapid return on investment define the service capabilities of our rheometer platform HAAKE PolyLab OS. What are commonly referred to as soft factors, such as "pleasure from work" and a sense of well-being in one's environment also help such demanding objectives to be reached. We have also taken this into consideration since measurement devices made from high quality materials with an appealing design help them and their wide ranges of functions to be used efficiently and more quickly. All in all, the HAAKE PolyLab OS System provides our customers with the prerequisites required for the developmental head start and process optimization they need to be successful in their markets.


About Thermo Electron Corporation Thermo Electron Corporation is the world leader in analytical instruments. Our instrument solutions enable our customers to make the world a healthier, cleaner and safer place. Thermo`s Life and Laboratory Sciences business provides analytical instruments, scientific equipment, services, and software solutions for life science, drug discovery, clinical, environmental, and industrial laboratories. Thermo`s Measurement and Control business is dedicated to providing analytical instruments used in a variety of manufacturing processes and in-thefield applications including those associated with safety and homeland security. Based near Boston, Massachusetts, Thermo has revenues of more than $2 billion, and employs approximately 10,000 people in 30 countries. For more information, visit About Thermo Electron Corporation ­ Material Characterization The Material Characterization business of Thermo Electron Corporation is headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany and operates worldwide through offices in the USA, China, France, Great Britain and the Netherlands. Thermo offers a comprehensive range of material characterization products that analyze and process materials for rheological and thermal properties. These instruments analyze and measure viscosity, elasticity, processability and temperature-related mechanical changes of plastics, foods, adhesives, coatings, and a wide variety of liquids or solids. Thermo provides innovative solutions for material characterization in the Food and Beverage industry, the Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic sector, and for Polymer and Plastic process manufacturing. For more information, visit


International/Germany Thermo Electron (Karlsruhe) GmbH Dieselstr. 4 76227 Karlsruhe Tel. +49 (0) 721 4 09 44 44 [email protected] Benelux Thermo Electron B.V. Takkebijsters 1 4817 BL Breda Tel. +31 (0) 76 5 87 98 88 [email protected] China Thermo Electron 23/F Peregrine Plaza 1325 Huai Hai Rd, Shanghai 200031 Tel. +86 (21) 54 65 75 88 [email protected] France Thermo Electron S.A. 16 Avenue du Québec - Silic 765 91963 Courtaboeuf Cedex Tel. +33 (0) 1 60 92 48 00 [email protected] United Kingdom Thermo Electron Emerald Way, Stone Staffordshire ST15 0SR Tel. +44 (0) 1785 81 36 48 [email protected] USA Thermo Electron 25 Nimble Hill Rd. Newington, NH 03801 Tel. 603 436 9444 [email protected]

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