Sieving & Screening Fine Metal Powders
Powder screening has been the foundation of Elcan Industries’ business for over 20 years. Since our inception in 1993, Elcan has always been at the forefront of screening fine powders for various companies in multiple different industries. While most companies were and still are having trouble screening below 325 mesh, Elcan Industries can easily screen the densest metal powders, among others, to sizes as fine as 10um on a large commercial scale. Screening Metal Powders at very fine sizes has its setbacks because if you do not have equipment that has ample amounts of continuous energy on the screen surface, you will not be able to make the particles pass through the screen which will ultimately cause screen blinding and headaches.
The ability to screen coarse and fine powders allows companies to enter into new markets or create entirely new products that were once unachievable when screening with standard screeners or ultrasonics. As the world continues to move into a more precise and smaller technologies, the demand for large scale fine powder sieving has skyrocketed. Luckily for us, that is where we live. Elcan is by far the worlds leader at powder screening under 10um on our Hi-Sifter technologies with 98% efficiencies, extremely high throughput rates and the ability to produce cleaner product over any other machine in the market today. In the past, we had great success in the electronics industry which is constantly making smaller and smaller products that require more precise screening of finer cuts.
Companies that use old technology screeners like the traditional vibratory screeners and ultrasonics can not make fine particle separations as efficiently as we can on our advanced Hi-Sifter technology. Our technology was built to last because we use them every single day in our factories to sieve powders for companies daily. Most companies that sell machines, do not understand screening like Elcan does. All of these companies that sell equipment, are only selling equipment and hoping to get “rich” off of the spare parts. Elcan Industries operates the complete opposite from that viewpoint. We use our equipment daily in our contract manufacturing facility to sieve large quantities of materials for various different companies and that gives us full insight on how to operate the equipment at it’s peak performance.
Elcan has a number of different technologies we work with, but we have find that energy imparted to the screen surface leads to higher efficiencies and greater rates. By keeping particles energized, the fine particles are able to find the holes in the screen cloth and fall through them while the larger particles remain above the screen hole until they are discharged. This high amount of energy being transferred into the screen prevents blinding from ever occurring and allows agglomerated particles to break apart. Every product behaves differently but Elcan has found that screening fine powders is achievable with a combination of technology and technique. We routinely screen down to 15 microns for the additive manufacturing industry and screen fine powders for many other industries as well. Whether it be glass, ceramics, metal powders, fertilizers, specialty chemicals, polymers, pharmaceuticals or anything else, it’s likely we have screened it at a fine micron size.
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