IKA® Reactors Save Time and Provide Greater Flexibility

ITC is a diversified company with a strong foothold in the markets of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), agribusiness, information technology, paperboards and packaging, and hotels. It is one of the leading private sector companies in India, with more than $33 billion market capitalization and $7 billion turnover.

Asia’s “Fab 50” and Forbes magazine have rated ITC as one of the best companies in the world and one of the most reputable companies in the world, respectively. Business World rates ITC as one of the most respected companies in India. The company’s market share is rapidly increasing even in its nascent businesses of stationery, personal care, branded apparel, and packaged foods and confectionery.

IKA® laboratory reactors have been used by ITC for research and development in the manufacture of personal care and cosmetics for six years. ITC has strong confidence on IKA® laboratory reactors for mixing, homogenization, and optimizing on a laboratory scale. It uses IKA® laboratory reactors in the production of semi-solid formats, serums, surfactants, creams, and lotions.

The Challenge

ITC was finding it difficult to control parameters, such as temperature, under vacuum conditions during the mixing and homogenization process. Also, identifying an ideal instrument with all the required features in one unit, such as those for dispersing, mixing and homogenizing was also a challenging task.

The company overcame these issues with the IKA® laboratory reactors. IKA® showed the versatility and capability of its laboratory reactor (LR 2.ST Package 3), which was helpful to ITC to tailor its needs and examine its applications on a laboratory scale.

The Advantages at a Glance

The following are the features of the system that are typically required for production of cosmetics:

  • Stirring / dispersing and mixing / homogenization
  • Vacuum control and temperature measurement along with pH measurement
  • Cooling and heating through double walled reactor vessel
  • For the same application, availability of scale-up products from pilot to production
  • Sealing materials (FFPM) capable of resisting temperatures and solvents for applications up to 230 °C
  • Mixing of solids such as titanium oxide, talc, and calcium carbonate into liquid polymers
  • Better productivity and stability
  • Integrated safety shutdown
  • Reduced response and breakdown time
  • Control and documentation through labworldsoft® software

The Solution

Since the material quality has been greatly improved with the arrival of the IKA® laboratory reactors, ITC has achieved a drastic reduction in the response and breakdown time of the final product. The IKA® lab reactor equipped with a sophisticated German technology has been shown to be a suitable instrument in the research and development efforts initiated by ITC in its personal care division.

With high efficiency and state-of-the-art features, the IKA® reactor plays a key role in sample processing throughout the production cycle. It is capable of handling batch volume of samples, from 500 ml up to 2000 ml (the range is 800 ml for the disperser T 25 digital) with an operating temperature of 230 °C.

Also, upgrading the unit is simple due to the availability of a wide choice of accessories that are specially developed for use in chemical reactions. These options are the key for the improved quality of the finished products.

Customer Benefits

According to ITC’s Lead Scientist (R&D), Dr. Mahesh Burshe, “IKA® laboratory reactors are the most suitable and reliable laboratory device that assists us in developing the thought process for the future full-scale and commercialization of our products. It is of great importance to us to design and develop new products across different rheological spectrums.”

Dr. Burshe went on to say that, We have been using IKA® laboratory reactors for more than six years now and have not faced any problems thus far.”

This testimonial confirms the efficiency and efficacy of IKA® laboratory reactors during the switch from laboratory scale to production scale. At present, four IKA® laboratory reactors are being used by ITC in the testing and manufacture of cosmetics and soap samples for its personal care division.

IKA® India Private Limited has an extensive partnership with ITC in this field of mixing and homogenizing. Besides saving time and resources, IKA® laboratory reactors provide greater flexibility to ITC during the production process.

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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