From proof-of-concept testing to large-scale toll processing, Lancaster Products provides full-scale process lab services.
Lancaster Products is dedicated to process and mix design optimization. Whether you are looking to develop a new process or simply improving existing production, Lancaster Products can help. Our experienced application engineers can design a solution that meets many objectives, including mixing cycle times, binder and minors optimization, homogeneity, particle hardness, moisture, and air entrainment, particle size distributions and yields.
With decades of mixing and pelletizing knowledge that spans across multiple industries coupled with our staff’s knowledge and expertise, Lancaster Products can provide a customized solution for you. Quality products need quality materials, and our proof of concept testing provides our clients with a more innovative and efficient process, allowing them to gain a competitive advantage in more ways than one.
We work with our customers to create an optimized mix design by identifying their product & process goals as well as discussing possibilities for improvements with a Lancaster Mixer over other mixing or agglomerating equipment. From granulating or agglomerating to pelletizing, our extensive product testing process ensures our mixer testing will deliver the end results to your exact process specifications. Once the parameters have been defined and proof of concept testing is completed, you’ll receive a testing results report in addition to the associated mix design.
The Lancaster Products Guarantee for proof of concept K1-LAB testing: We’ll produce a mix design that achieves your goals or testing will be free of charge*.
*Within an acceptable range of size, yield, homogeneity or hardness from predefined criteria set prior to testing.
Lancaster Products engineers work with our customers to create an optimized mix design by identifying their product & process goals as well as discussing possibilities for improvements with a Lancaster Mixer over other mixing or agglomerating equipment.
Proof of Concept Testing
Once we’ve evaluated the customer’s process and conducted research regarding the material we’ll be working with, we develop the initial mix design for proof of concept testing. This is accomplished through review of our extensive mixing database and utilizing our skilled knowledge of mixing to determine a starting mixing recipe — including mixing time, rotor and pan speeds and ingredient amounts and order.
Once the small scale test is completed, customers have the option to test in a production environment using one of our K4, K5 or K6 mixers. This allows customers to verify that our proof of concept is scalable and achieves the exact same end result when produced in a larger batch. Lancaster Products engineers calculate any necessary adjustments to the mixing recipe to ensure the specified end result is obtained.
For customers who aren’t ready to make the capital investment in a production mixer or need product immediately, Lancaster Products offers toll processing services. We can produce significant amounts of blended, homogenized, granulated or pelletized materials in our facility to satisfy our customers’ needs.
Synergies Between Lancaster Products, Bradley Pulverizer, and Kercher Industries Lead to Improved Efficiencies and Market Growth
In January of 2020, Lancaster Products/Kercher Enterprises acquired the assets of Bradley Pulverizer and we are thrilled to add over 130 more years of industry experience to our 70+ years. While each will continue to operate as 3 separate businesses, we are already leveraging the benefits of the new acquisition. When Curt Snyder (owner) first explored this opportunity he immediately identified 5 primary synergies between the businesses that would benefit from cross-company collaboration and improve efficiencies to benefit our organizations as well as our combined pool of clients.
In just a short amount of time a strategic plan has been instituted to align the best of all 3 companies with a focus on the following:
High Shear mixers are used in a wide variety of applications in many different industries. Finding the right blend and being able to produce the same mix consistently is the key to success at Highwater Clays, a clay and glaze supplier to the arts & crafts industry. The company has two locations with the main production center located in Ashville, North Carolina. Highwater Clays produces a wide range of clay bodies using fireclays, ball clays, kaolin, and stoneware clays. All the clay bodies consist of complex compositions and must be mixed into one reliable consistency.