Laboratory Reactor Helps Surface Technologies to Develop Textiles

Beyond Surface Technologies AG is a fast growing company based in Switzerland, developing sustainable processes for textile surfaces. The company is focused to supply advanced, superior quality surface effects for use in textile products.

Looking beyond the conventional chemical supply chains, Beyond Surface Technologies is involved in the development of new technologies with superior performance and sustainability to fulfill the needs of both the textile industry and the end users.

Beyond Surface Technologies develops its products using bio waste stream and/or renewable sustainable raw materials. Unlike the “established” suppliers, who predominantly employ petrol-based substances, Beyond Surface Technologies uses raw materials that are byproducts of the packaging/food processing industry or those materials often employed in the cosmetic industry.

The customers of Beyond Surface Technologies are well established global brands who want to help the environment through positive contribution.

Beyond Surface Technologies’ Urs Hasler said, "We decided to work with the LR 1000 as it provides us the best results on reproducibility from lab to production. Because of the accurate control of parameters such as temperature, stirring speed, torque and pH in the lab, we can easily move to the production process. Lengthy adjustments during the start of production are no longer an issue."

The Challenge

  • Beyond Surface Technologies uses new base of raw materials obtained from industries that are generally not employed in textile chemicals
  • New production processes for dispersions and emulsions
  • The ability to effectively control parameters such as pH, temperature, and shearing/mechanical action during homogenization and mixing is the key to make good emulsions
  • Exact parameters from the laboratory help accomplish a successful scale-up

The Solution

  • Lab parameters can be controlled in a better and consistent manner using IKA® reactors
  • Lab-to-lab reproducibility is outstanding and transition to bulk production has been made easier
  • Starting at low volumes is important due to the necessity to add high volumes of water at the end of the process
  • Very flexible, allowing the customer to start with a highly viscous mix and obtain a water-based emulsion
  • A wide choice of stirrers are available (the one with peek scrapers in particular)
  • Integrated weighing function - A convenient feature that allows weighing directly up to 2 kg in the machine and thus, product
  • Torque trend measurement displays viscosity changes occurring in the product
  • Option is available to connect a pH electrode

About IKA

The IKA group has over 800 employees at eight locations on four continents and is proud to serve customers such as BASF, Bayer or Procter&Gamble.

IKA are the leader in the world market in most of the product groups and a leading example for development and growth. Their Corporate slogan is IKA-Designed to work perfectly.

Process Technology

The Process Technology division of IKA offers turnkey solutions and state-of-the-art manufacturing options. IKA‘s solutions include: dispersing machines, homogenizers, stirrers, jet flow agitators, kneading machines, vacuum dryers as well as ready-for-use process plants, all being manufactured in IKA‘s outstanding high product quality. Consulting, design and realization of complex projects as well as proactive after-sales services complete IKA’s solution portfolio.

Laboratory Technology

IKA laboratory technology offers a wide range of innovative equipment for numerous applications in research and development. Market leaders trust in our proven technology for their mixing, heating, distilling and crushing applications. IKA has gained a leading position in the world market with its innovative magnetic stirrers, mixers, overhead stirrers, shakers, homogenizers, mills, rotary evaporators, calorimeters, laboratory reactors and specially developed software for laboratory and analysis applications.

Global Coverage

The IKA group has global coverage with eight different regional divisions;

  • Germany - IKA® Werke GmbH & Co. KG
  • Poland - IKA® Poland Sp. z o.o.
  • UK - IKA® England LTD
  • North America - IKA® Works, Inc.
  • South America - IKA® Works Brazil
  • China - IKA® Works Guangzhou
  • Japan - IKA® Japan
  • China - IKA® China
  • Malaysia - IKA® Works Malaysia
  • India - IKA® India Private Limited
  • Korea: IKA® Korea. Ltd.

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Last updated: Mar 31, 2020 at 5:49 AM

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