18 November 2014
18 November 2014
Michelman has invested in new digital imaging technology that allows chemists to view coating and substrate samples at nano-level magnification.
The new technology is part of Michelman’s investment in the Michelman Advanced Materials Collaboration Centre that was officially opened on 2nd October, 2014 at the company’s global headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, US.
According to Michelman the new state-of-the-art imaging technology is not widely available in the packaging coatings and specialty chemicals industries, and allows it to quickly and thoroughly analyse surface characteristics that are critical to development of successful coating systems for paper board, corrugated, flexible packaging, wood, metal, plastic, concrete and other industrial applications. The information gathered includes high resolution 3-D and topographical views using non-destructive sample preparation and roughness measurements. It explains that multiple samples can be quickly recorded and compared using various analysis modes. The rich information and wealth of data are then used to trouble shoot, improve or develop coating technologies.
According to Robert Turnbull, Global Technology Manager, Printing & Packaging, “Our new digital imaging technology is allowing us to help customers troubleshoot problem formulations and bring effective new or reformulated products to market faster than ever before. Analysis that was previously impossible, or that took weeks to perform can now be done in a fraction of the time compared to Scanning Electron Microscopy or other high resolution techniques.”