A producer of a solid material wanted to update their process for greater efficiency and productivity. MATRIC investigated alternatives for removing insoluble components from the process stream at laboratory scale. The material was collected and characterized by microscopy and particle size analysis. Laboratory investigation of separation options identified disc centrifugation as a practical solution. A crystallization process for generating the product was also evaluated in the laboratory, with determination of a solubility curve and development of a model for optimum recovery. A crystallizer type was recommended for vendor trials.
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