Author T. Machin, R. Travis
Journal Edition sofw journal 7+8-2022

Abstract

Rheology is the study of the way a material flows and is a key component in the manufacturing process of any liquid product. It is vital that this property is measured in the manufacture of household and personal care ingredients to enhance operational efficiency and ensure final product quality. Without the correct rheology, items like washing up liquid and shampoo would look and feel very different.

As manufacturers in the personal care industry look to improve process efficiency and grow with demand, a new era of measurement technology is emerging. Real-time, in-line rheology measurements are supporting manufacturers with their efforts to innovate, create new ways to get their products to market, release capacity, and improve quality and agility in their manufacturing base. 

With the growing trends of e-commerce and a dynamic consumer market, Rob Travis and Thomas Machin, of Stream Sensing, discuss the importance of real-time process measurements in agile manufacturing. They take a look at how electrical resistance sensing can be used to monitor rheological properties, within the process line and look at the benefits which this emerging digital process technology could have across the sector.

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