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Powder Technology, Inc. to Expand its Facility in Size and Capabilities

Arden Hills, MN – April 7, 2015 — Powder Technology, Inc. (PTI) is expanding its business by relocating to an 80,000 plus square foot facility. In addition to the current location, the new facility will also include a state-of-the-art high-volume mill, rail side loading and unloading and a new testing lab for trial runs. “We are excited to be able to house more inventory for clients and take on their larger jobs,” says Jeff Barrows, Sales and Marketing Manager for PTI. “Now that we have more space, we can offer our customers new milling options as well.” The new facility will also house a 300 hp Air Swept Classifier Mill (ACM). “The amount of product we can run on this mill is impressive,” says Barrows. The ACM will be located near the rail side docks in order to accommodate for the large amount of materials being delivered each day. “We…

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Breaking News, PTI promotes

Powder Technology Inc announces personnel changes. Tom Francis, PTI Vice – President and General Manager has retired effective June 2012. We wish him well and thank him for his many years of service with the company. He remains one of the partners and continues to sit on our Board of Directors. Jeff Friederichs has been named as Tom’s replacement. Now PTI Vice – President and General Manager, Jeff also sits on our Board of Directors. His fifteen plus years of service and dedication to PTI will continue to serve both the company and our customers. Jeff Barrows, now PTI Sales and Marketing Manager, has been named Jeff Friederichs’ successor. Jeff started with PTI November 2011, and brings a successful Sales and Marketing background from another industry. We are happy to have him on our team. Lastly, James Hutchinson has been promoted to Production Supervisor. James has been with PTI for…

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Breaking News, PTI has added capacity with purchase of a V- Blender

At PTI we are always looking for ways to increase value and build partnerships with both new and existing customers. We are constantly looking for ways to add value for customers and better our processes, and when possible, our customers processes. Toll processing, pulverizing, micronizing, air classification, and blending with a high degree of precision is something we have always been passionate about. However, what is important to our customer is the result of that passion and the trust they put in us. Recently we had a customer who’s process was time consuming, and therefore costly. We suggested a new way of doing it as our partnership with our customers is something we take very seriously. It was determined, over time and a lot of conversation, a V-Blender would yield similar or better results while allowing for a much quicker, more cost effective process. As a result of this PTI…

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Top Three Reasons to Contract Your Processing

What are the top three reasons to contract your toll processing, powder processing, or micronizing needs? Some of the advantages of using a toll processor include: It gives the ability to focus on your company’s core competency. We are passionate about powder processing and it is our specialty. Manufacturers seldom look for solutions to problems that are not readily apparent. However, inconsistent product or a low yield has costly implications. Many companies are trying to do more with fewer resources and not replacing personnel who have retired or left as a result of layoffs, reducing hours, closing plants, etc. Because of this trend a lot of knowledge is leaving and not coming back. Contracting toll processing allows companies to utilize the expertise of processing professionals with a vast knowledge of the process and can apply it to a variety of different materials. As an added benefit selecting a professional toll…

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Finding a Toll Processing Solution

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Manufacturers seldom look for solutions to problems they can’t see. If operations are going well, they do not need fixing—or in some cases, do not deserve attention at all. For toll processing and material sizing processes, however, this can be a costly mistake. Companies that process on their own often believe they cannot afford to pay someone else to handle their toll processing and material sizing. Others might assume that inconsistent product or low yield is a direct result of inconsistent feed material, as they cannot quantify a vendor’s quality process or simply do not have the time to do so. Even if a company wants to make a change, the potential amount of time required and assumed risk make it difficult to begin the process. Economic Implications In general, most manufacturers are trying to do more with less in this economy by not replacing personnel who have retired or…

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NEW! Coulter Multisizer 3 Particle Size Analyzer

The Coulter Principle, also known as ESZ (Electrical Sensing Zone Method), the Multisizer 3 Coulter Counter particle size analyzer, provides number, volume, mass and surface area size distributions in one measurement, with an overall sizing range of 0.4 to 1,200 microns (practical limits for most industrial powders are from 0.06 to 200 microns). Its response is unaffected by particle color, shape, composition or refractive index.

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Case Study – Process Analysis

Challenge PTI received an opportunity to process a high-density crystalline material that several other processors had attempted and failed to process to the correct particle size with an acceptable yield. Due to customer proprietary status, we cannot disclose the type of material. The raw material was provided in blocks of approximately 10-15 lb. each. The customer requested a finished product particle size of minus 100 mesh (150 micron) plus 270 mesh (53 micron). Solution PTI’s approach is a multistage process involving more than one type of mill. Step one is to reduce the large blocks of feedstock to minus 20 millimeter size using a jaw crusher. The jaw-crushed material is further reduced to minus 3 millimeter size, using a hammer mill fitted with boron hard faced hammers. The hammer-milled material is subsequently passed through an opposed-jet mill with an integral vane type classifier further reducing particle size to approximately 80%…

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