Metering and Mixing
Across multiple industries, consistent homogeneous mixing of materials is an important stage of production, as demonstrated in these case studies.
Improving mixing accuracy and repeatability for 3D printed bioelectronics research
The Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering at Sheffield University required a repeatable method of mixing nanoparticles into viscous materials to develop their innovative diagnostic glove. Selecting a THINKY mixer allowed them to simplify their mixing process and reliably track process parameters.
Production of a homogeneous feedstock for LMM 3D printing process
Seeking a way to homogeneously mix feedstock for their Lithography-based metal manufacturing (LMM) process, Pforzheim University chooses a THINKY ARM-310 mixer to effectively mix metal powder into a high viscosity, photosensitive polymer.
Degassing times reduced by up to 90%
For a manufacturer of compound semiconductors, the process of hand mixing the multi-part resins in which to encapsulate them was causing an inconsistent, labour intensive final product. Seeking a more efficient method of mixing and degassing their compounds, the manufacturer in question choose to use the THINKY ARV-310.
Functionality of electromagnetic shielding material improved without cutting fibres
A scientific research team required a non-contact mixing process to effectively mix carbon fibres into their unique radio wave absorbing wall coating for electromagnetically shielded rooms. In order to achieve a structurally integral, homogeneous mix, the team decided to utilise the THINKY ARE-250 mixer.
THINKY ARE-250 mixes 3D printing materials homogenously
A team of material scientists at ETH Zurich University have been developing new materials for 3D printing which deliver additional functionality. To ensure that the source material mixes homogeneously with the fillers, they use the THINKY ARE-250 mixer.
Manufacture of NMC electrodes for lithium-ion batteries with high active material content
The manufacture of electrodes is a crucial step in the production of lithium-ion batteries, especially the mixing and coating processes, which are involved. The Technical University of Munich uses a THINKY ARV-310 vacuum rotation/revolution mixer to produce visually homogeneous NMC inks with a solid content in excess of 65% weight in a few minutes.
More efficient operations at EMS provider with consistent solder paste conditioning
An Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider’s original process included workers manually stirring solder paste to prepare it for use. After introducing the THINKY SR-500 to its process, they can now optimise solder paste from the refrigerator in minutes.
Mixing silicones for facial and other prosthetics
University Hospital Coventry chose a THINKY mixer to save time and improve the quality of their silicone mixing process to produce prosthetics.
Effective mixing of specialist glass powders with a high viscosity acrylic resin
Consistent high quality mixing and improved degassing of powders into resins advanced the process capabilities of a ceramic materials company.
THINKY mixing processes improve bonding in optical instrument manufacture
A planetary mixing and degassing machine allows a high specification adhesive to be mixed homogeneously, improving simplicity and quality of production.
Material mixing and dispensing prove key for LED production quality
Plessey Semiconductors transitioned to a full production phase of their LEDs by using automated mixing and dispensing equipment.