It comes as no surprise that the use of electric vehicles (EVs) has risen exponentially over the past 10 years, and this trend has been accelerating at a faster pace than most analysts’ predicted. With the rise in demand for higher performing batteries, major battery manufacturers turn to Elcan Industries for their high performance powder screening needs. Elcan industries has developed new technologies and techniques specifically catered for the batteries materials industries that helps manufacturers improve and develop new battery technologies. Elcan helps companies produce innovative battery materials that revolutionizes the performance of their battery applications. Elcan has become a major contributor in the creation of new battery structures to power the future of emission free electric vehicles (EVs).
Reduction in Cell Failure
Elcan Industries’ line of Hi-Sifter and Elbow Jet Air classifiers has helped companies develop previously unattainable fractions of their powders. Whether it be graphite or silicon for anode materials, or lithium based nickel products for cathode production, Elcan has the ability to help refine the process.
As pioneers in the materials processing industry, Elcan has been ahead of its counterparts with its unparalleled screening techniques and equipment. Since the early 90s Elcan was already helping companies effectively screen powders down to as fine as 10um with over 99% efficiency. Elcan has successfully helped companies achieve higher yields and cleaner products for their various battery applications which helps companies avoid structural failures within the battery that degrades performance over time. With the high-end products Elcan is able to produce for lithium ion battery manufacturers, it allows them to mitigate potentially dangerous failures of the cell containers.
Longer Lasting Battery Life
Sizing of powders is an integral part of the battery formulation process. Most powders need to be sifted to below 44 micron in order to maximize the amount of powder within each battery cell. The ability to fine screen at these sizes allows companies to produce not only the cleanest (contaminant free) grade of powder, but also to obtain as much life out of the battery as possible. The machines also allow companies to produce more powder over a shorter period of time and eliminate what is often a bottleneck in the production process.
Elcan Industries has helped numerous EV and Lithium-Ion Battery producers develop and improve upon existing powders and processes. The advanced equipment has helped companies with research and development of new powders at fine sizes that are not achievable using conventional screening equipment. This new approach to screening has allowed Elcan and their customers to re-shape the market and deliver new solutions in a rapidly evolving market. Elcan has a full scale toll processing facility in New York where they sift powders and examine new methods to help companies find an edge in this competitive market.
Elcan offers material testing on their advanced, high energy screening technologies. Elcan encourages companies to send in material for testing to benchmark their performance. They will run any product specifications/cuts that you require. Elcan also provides all PSD analysis from their Malvern and RoTap equipment. Elcan is open for visitors, but understand that some companies have travel restrictions due to COVID-19, so they are offering virtual tests for companies that wish to witness the test remotely.
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New York, NY, Sept. 29, 2020 (Thomasnet) — Elcan Industries, today announced new advancements to its particle separation capabilities after successfully pairing together their Hi-Sifter and Elbow Jet technologies. Elcan has been working closely with EV companies and lithium-ion battery manufacturers to produce higher quality, high performance battery material for the rapidly growing electric vehicle industry. Elcan Industries has successfully integrated a new line of high energy screeners in conjunction with the Elbow Jet Air classifier to provide catered classification solutions to their customers. Using the hi-sifter, Elcan was able to separate anode materials at 107um and 32um for the initial processing step. From there, Elcan used the Elbow Jet to further classify the product at 10 and 2 microns respectively.
This new technology helps reduce the processing time and cost for raw materials needed for the manufacturing of lithium-ion battery cells. The sieving system also has the ability to mechanically sieve down to 10 microns which allows companies to create tight product specs and sieve out any product contaminants from the feedstock. The Elbow Jet allows for extremely fine classification of powders without the use of a classifying wheel. The technologies and toll processing services that Elcan offers companies allows them to be more competitive in the EV market by offering their end customers lower cost electric vehicles with longer lasting battery performance.
Elcan continues to advance the rapid growth of the electric vehicle market with its state of the art screening technologies and capabilities. Elcan has the ability to process materials for companies looking to scale up their production without having to capitally commit with the purchasing equipment and expertise to run the machinery. Their in house laboratory allows them to work with companies of any size to trial powders and deliver immediate performance feedback. Elcan has been processing high performance, high value add products for companies for over 30 years and have proven to be market leaders when it comes to screening powders efficiently.
As the 3D printing / Additive Manufacturing industries continue to expand, the size requirements for the powder being used continues to get more precise. The Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) process sinters powdered plastic together to build structures from the bottom up in layers. There are various powders used in this process, but the most common are Polyamide 11/12 powders (PA11/PA12), Nylon 11/12 powders, and Thermoplastic Polyurethane Powders (TPUs). There are various producers of these powders, but the typical size range required by the industry is 200 microns – 50 microns.
Sieving powders for the SLS printing process is a developing process that is being done at in two separate stages. The first stage is the powder preparation stage, whereby producers of these plastic/polymer powders, manufacture and then sieve the powders into the 200um over 50um size range. The second stage where the powder is sieved is during the recycle where any powder that is not sintered can be reused again after being screened. This is typically coarser screening done at around 200 microns to remove any powders that may have “splatter” from the laser.
Elcan Industries can help companies drastically limit downtime, by eliminating the need for any rescreening to be done. The Elcan Industries’ Hi-Sifter is the only screening machine capable of efficient fine separations down to 10 microns. Unlike traditional screeners that keep the powders sitting on the screen, the Hi-Sifter has a vertical energy that keep particles elevated on the screening surface. The result of this approach to screening is higher rates and efficiencies without the potential for blinding! Elcan has successfully separated these plastics and polymers at very small sizes. Unlike ultrasonic sieves, the Hi-Sifter never allows the particle the opportunity to blind the hole by keeping them elevated inside the screener.
For many companies producing powders for the SLS printing process, the construction of the equipment they are using is imperative.
The Hi-Sifter is constructed of solely polished stainless steel. There are no screen cleaning devices so there is no outside chance of contamination of product due to material degradation. The working screen inside of the system is tensionless, which means that is a screen tear were to occur, the operator can change the screen right on the plant floor. This means no more shipping of screens back and forth, and no more expensive charges for replacing ultrasonic screens. The machine is user friendly and can easily be cleaned and used for multiple products.
Elcan Industries offers any new customers a FREE day of testing to demonstrate their advanced capabilities. Call today to find out more (914-381-7500) or check out our website www.elcanindustries.com
TUCKAHOE, NY, Elcan Industries is proud to announce the opening of our new lab and particle testing laboratory. The facility will feature advanced lab equipment that will be used for fine particle size determination and evaluations of different products. The lab will also include a station for recycling additive manufacturing powders on the Hi-Sifter sieving machine.
Elcan will offer sieving of additive manufacturing powders for companies who struggle with recycling these powders or for companies who have a back up of powder they need sieved. Lastly, the lab will have a new Elbow Jet Air Classifier for sub-10-micron particle separation.
Elcan’s Additive Manufacturing powder recycle program is part of their newly constructed lab. The program is designed to help companies with sieving powders and to help prevent powder from building up in the customer’s lab. Running on the Hi-Sifter unit, companies will be able to hit any powder spec they desire down to 10 microns. The Hi-Sifter has no non-metallic contact areas and the polished stainless-steel construction of the machine is perfect for aerospace and biomedical applications. Elcan can take in powders packaged in any format and offer a short turnaround to get the powder sieved and back out the door.
The new laboratory will feature various pieces of testing equipment that will give both Elcan and the customer instant feedback on their powder. Elcan has a Malvern Mastersizer 3000 in the lab which gives accurate PSD print outs and can immediately determine finished product particle size. Elcan also has Air Jet Sieves and Rotaps for particle size determination and has the ability to microscopically image pictures to show individual particles.
Lastly, the lab will feature the Elbow Jet Air Classifier for fine particle separation. The Elbow Jet Air Classifier is capable of making simultaneous, multiple classifications for particles under 10 microns. The machine relies on air flow and density to make separations – rather than relying on a traditional classifier wheel. The machine has no moving parts and has tungsten carbide contact areas virtually eliminating the risk of foreign contamination. Call today to find out more information! (914)-381-7500.
Elcan Industries Inc., Tuckahoe, New York, USA, has developed a new programme to help its customers with the recycling of Additive Manufacturing powders. The company will guide those new to metal AM with the handling and sieving of these powders, as well as offering assistance on a tolling basis to those not ready to invest in recycling equipment.
Using its proprietary Hi-Sifter technology, Elcan Industries can help companies recycle their AM powders at the desired powder specification. This means, for example, if the powder is a 44 µm powder, Elcan’s technology will sieve the powder at 44 µm.
The company stated that its twenty-five years’ experience in sieving has given it the knowledge to process these types of metal powders efficiently and safely. It also has a new state of the art lab that will contain a sieving station with the sole purpose of recycling Additive Manufacturing powders for companies.
The Elcan facility is said to be capable of handling anything from hundreds up to a million pounds of metal powder and offers sieve sizes down to 15 µm. All powders, with the exception of magnesium, can be processed and the company will provide particle size analysis for each fraction of the product as well as sieve analysis as needed.