Materials processing refers to the series of steps or “unit operations” used to manufacture raw-materials into finished goods. The operations involve a succession of industrial processes with various mechanical or chemical procedures. The wet grinding process can achieve ultrafine particle sizes not possible with dry milling/dry grinding due to the limitations caused by the nature of the process. This involves the use of specially engineered machinery that processes the mixture of materials in a liquid medium or “slurry”, but the costs of equipment, space and skilled labor can be prohibitive for in-house production.
Consider Custom Milling & Consulting, Inc. to formulate, design and provide nanoparticle dispersion to meet your market needs. The company is a leading provider of custom processing and toll milling services for wet grinding/mixing applications. CMC provides access to state-of-the-art dispersion technology and media mills and the necessary technical expertise for toll processing ceramics, paints, coatings, adhesives, and specialty chemicals. With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, CMC specializes in particle size reduction and nanomaterials for various industries, such as the automotive, agrochemical, micro-electronics, ceramics, and consumer goods industries.
CMC’s Dispersion Capabilities
There are two types of dispersions – solid in liquid, where solids are suspended in fluid, and liquid in liquid (known as an emulsion), which is the homogenized mixture of two or more immiscible, or unmixable, liquids where droplets of one liquid are suspended in the other. Both systems are used in a variety of applications, such as ceramics, inks, coatings, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Wet grinding involves the milling of solid materials in a liquid medium. The mixture of elements or slurry is processed using specialized equipment to break the product down into fine particles. The wet grinding process is generally more complex and expensive, requiring additional steps, energy and labor.
However, the process has a higher efficiency with the ability to produce more products and generates the finer particles sizes necessary for various products. The blending of products and chemicals often involves intricate formulations with complicated processes requiring a series of steps that can take days or weeks to complete. Any errors in formulation can ruin an entire batch, including the loss of time and money. As your partner for toll processing ceramics and other materials, Custom Milling & Consulting, Inc. offers a full range of analytical tools to measure, characterize and optimize the behavior of dispersions. We choose the correct surfactants and dispersants and the ideal dispersion process to meet your exacting specifications.
CMC has developed innovations such as the Fluidizer Milling Disc and Screen Separation devices, with the ability to handle .3mm and finer beads. We work with both liquid and emulsion dispersions and provide custom processing of batch sizes from 1 to 2,000 gallons. Our tolling clientele can test formulations or evaluate the feasibility of processes to determine the optimal process parameters before scaling up to large production.
Custom Milling & Consulting, Inc. can help you formulate new materials technology and get your products to market faster. In addition to custom and toll processing, the company provides inventory management, packaging, labeling, storage of finished products, and a wide range of other services. Whether filling a production shortfall or launching a new product, CMC has the perfect solution to satisfy your wet grinding/milling needs.