A NEW GENERATION OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE POWDER MATERIALS
With the launch of APPtec, its new Advanced Pulse Powder Technology for generating high-performance powders, Glatt has taken another step in expanding the fields in which it provides technology expertise. The outstanding potential for powder synthesis that this move opens up will make it possible to configure particles with entirely new combinations of properties that were previously inaccessible. This targeted method of designing new powder types with precisely tailored, application-specific properties is establishing new horizons for customized products, enabling them to be applied in a whole range of areas and offering tremendous economic potential for use in a completely new set of applications.
ADVANCED PULSE POWDER TECHNOLOGY FOR TAPPING INTO NEW APPLICATIONS
APPtec is a one-of-a-kind, continuous thermal process for generating powders. It enables new powder types to be designed with particular aims in mind and precisely tailored properties, such as an application-specific particle structure, composition, or surface texture – and it even opens up the possibility of giving particles combinations of properties that were previously inaccessible.
It is already known that the technology is especially well suited to manufacturing catalytic materials, where it achieves significantly higher rates of activity compared to other types of technology, resulting in clear competitive advantages.
However, APPtec is also an excellent choice for creating the powder materials used to manufacture ceramics. In many cases, high-performance ceramics are associated purely with bioceramics (for joint endoprostheses, dental applications, and so on). Ceramic high-performance materials are becoming more and more widespread nowadays, however, and are gaining a foothold in almost every cutting-edge market – as cathode materials for fuel cells, for instance, or as optoceramics for lenses or detectors. In these applications too, the powder quality holds the key to the material's performance, with the most important features being fine particles, pinpoint doping, and exceptional homogeneity. This is exactly where APPtec's strengths lie.
Pigments represent an entirely different market for this technology. TiO2 and ZnO, for instance, are mass-produced pigments, but the new Glatt technology indicates clear benefits for specialty types – one example being effect pigments. Some applications also require extremely fine pigments because of the properties these provide, such as better color intensity and lower concentration levels. This new technology makes it possible to generate pigments on a nanometer scale if required.
With a steady global increase in the demands being placed on the functions and service life offered by components, devices, and equipment, material development is constantly faced with a new set of challenges to overcome. High-performance powder materials provide one solution for ensuring maximum functionality and exceptional performance. Despite the great strides made in innovation over recent years, today's powder manufacturers still focus on a narrow spectrum of materials. The standard products they make available, however, often
limit the performance of applications – whereas customized solutions such as those required for new high-performance materials demand technology that is unavailable in many cases. Thanks to its very specific thermodynamic conditions, the APPtec synthesis process is able to configure a new generation of innovative high-performance materials with previously non-existent combinations of properties. The chemical composition of the generated particles can be configured with almost complete freedom, and the technology can be used to produce doped and complex stoichiometric materials as well as coated particles – exactly according to the user's specific requirements.