The HOSOKAWA ALPINE OPTISIZER® is an online measuring system for continuous particle sizing during production processes. The analyser is suitable for virtually all dry powder types and can be used by laboratory lines as well as production lines with pipe diameters of up to 800 mm. The OPTISIZER® is available with three measuring ranges covering particle sizes of 0.5 µm up to 1,100 µm. Retrofitting the OPTISIZER® to existing lines is easy. The OPTISIZER® is also used for customer trials at Alpine’s testing centre and available for hire.
Since its successful launch in 2011, the OPTISIZER® has been advanced and optimised to meet the increasing demand for an ATEX-compliant design. Today, we can meet all ATEX-related requirements. The system is now equipped with a shock pressure resistant, seal-proof measuring unit and eductor. The system’s electronic control elements are also configured according to current ATEX standards. Installation in an ATEX Zone 22 or 2 is now possible. Other ATEX zones can be accommodated upon request. Now, there is nothing to stop customers from using the OPTISIZER® for sizing explosive materials.
USER INTERFACE OPTIVIEW
In the wake of the OPTISIZER® advancement, the system’s operator interface underwent a critical review. The OPTISIZER® with a newly developed user OptiView interface was launched in March 2014. The new interface is distinguished by a more intuitive operation.
Laser, lens and detector are installed inside the optical bench. This approach ensures the system’s unique ruggedness, allows its use under heavy-duty production conditions and meets challenges such as vibrations during the production process. The OPTISIZER®’s setup structure and the fact that the measuring cell is integrated into the optical bench’s cutout makes assembly and disassembly very easy: the measuring cell with eductor can be removed for cleaning in less than a minute. The continuous product stream is safely conveyed through the measuring cell by the purging air. An automated cell purging option is also available. This option can be activated at regular intervals for extra purity of the measuring cell.