Particle Measurement

Our portfolio of instruments for better particles

Sympatec develops, produces, sells and supports a portfolio of outstanding instruments for the analysis of particle size and particle shape, in laboratory and process applications. We use constant innovation to make a striking contribution to the development of sustainable and powerful sensor technologies, product-appropriate dispersing and dosing systems, and sampling procedures that are adapted to processes. We offer high-performance, proven system technologies for the reliable characterisation of dry and wet disperse particle collectives such as powder, granules, fibres, suspensions, emulsions, gels, sprays and inhalants with particles ranging in size from under one nanometre to over 30 millimetres.

Our instrument portfolio is based on the four underlying sensor technologies of laser diffraction, dynamic image analysis, ultrasonic extinction and dynamic light scattering with photon cross-correlation spectroscopy. The physical measuring principle has a decisive influence on the instrument design. We maintain a modular system architecture that can be adjusted flexibly for each application as appropriate to the product, so that the products to be investigated do not require elaborate sample preparation in order to fit with the system. Our aim is the measurement of particle systems in their original state. This is achieved through a wide range of dispersion systems and dosing unit options for our HELOS laser diffraction, and dynamic image analysis with QICPIC. The sensor is the heart of the measuring system. Its optical bench defines the integration concept for optional changeable lenses, dispersers and dosing units. The evaluation and management software, which integrates and manages all system components as well as the peripherals, is also part of the central system architecture. Our powerful application software is the shared platform for all the sensor technologies in use.

Our systems are used worldwide in scientific and industrial fields of application

  • In quality control on disperse particle systems | From incoming goods to the end product
  • In product and method development
  • At all stages of “scaling up” of technical procedures | From laboratory benchmarks to production standards
  • In controlling and managing procedural processes.

All the instruments provide reliably high-precision, reproducible, and comparable results, with very short measuring times. The use of the same measuring principles ensures excellent particle measurement result comparability between laboratory and process applications.

Our portfolio of instruments

NIMBUS | Particle size and concentration analysis in laboratory

The lab instrument NIMBUS analyses manual samples from 300 ml to 1,000 ml in an easy and comfortable way. The compact system uses the OPUS-technology and consists of identical core components. Therefore the same measuring range from below 0.1 µm to 3,000 µm applies to the instrument. Lab applications are found e.g., in petroleum engineering during the analysis of oil sands or in anode production for aluminium smelting (characterisation of anode grade coke in liquid pitch).

OPUS | Particle size and concentration analysis in process environments

The ultrasonic extinction sensor OPUS analyses both the particle size distribution and the concentration of disperse phases in suspensions and emulsions in the range from less than 1 µm to 3,000 µm in real time. OPUS is designed as a stable process probe for high temperatures and pressures and can withstand chemical and mechanical stresses. In addition to a dustproof and splashproof IP65 version, OPUS is also available as an ATEX probe. The connection to various processes is via a selection of process adapters. The common communication protocols are available for the exchange of data with your process control system.

NANOPHOX | Particle size analysis and stability of nano suspensions in laboratory

NANOPHOX brings photon cross-correlation spectroscopy (PCCS) to life, which allows for size analysis of nanoparticles in turbid suspensions and emulsions ranging from 0.5 nm to 10,000 nm at high solid contents. In addition, aggregation, agglomeration and stability of nano-suspensions and emulsions may be analysed. Typical applications comprise e.g., pharmaceutical ingredients, pigments and research on nanomaterials in general.

Installation environments

Our portfolio contains instruments for both traditional laboratory operation – which are used as individual position applications – and integrated systems that can be incorporated into laboratory automation or process control systems. All the measurement systems feature a certain level of modularity, enabling the system configuration to be ideally adapted to the measurement task, specific product features, or process requirements. The possible types of installation differ in particular with respect to the type of sampling, sample preparation, and sample feeding, as well as measurement frequency and the similarity or variability of the samples to be measured – along with closeness to the process both physically and in terms of timing. The spectrum ranges from traditional laboratory analysis (off-line), in which the sample is fed in manually; to solutions in central production laboratories and automated sample infeed (at-line); to real process analysis in which the system is connected directly to the process (on-line); or directly into the line carrying the product, or a reactor (in-line).