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A new dimension in high throughput screening

Unique Worldwide

   One of the world’s largest and most versatile Flexshuttle facility inaugurated

   Significant time-to-market advantage for customers

   BYK doubles capacity in application technology

   Ca. 15-million-euro investment

Up to 80,000 Samples per Year

With its digital lab that is one of a kind worldwide, BYK, a leading global manufacturer of specialty chemicals, is launching into a new era of applications technology and so is giving a whole new dimension to its range of tailor-made additive solutions for its customers.

“The fully automated high throughput screening (HTS) system at BYK performs series tests with impressive speed and efficiency. 220 samples can be produced and tested within 24 hours in high throughput. This is equivalent to up to 80,000 samples per year," explains Dr. Jörg Hinnerwisch, BYK CTO.

Accelerated Development

A fully digitalized process enables the time required for series testing to be cut from the previous norm of some months to just a few days. The time saving this entails not only generates greater scope for the creation of new differentiating customer solutions, but also doubles BYK’s capacity in application technology.

“The facility operates like a giant filter. With it, we are able to determine with great precision which of a vast number of products tested are the two or three that will be of the greatest use and advantage to the customer,” says Manfred Knospe, Head of HTS at BYK.

32 Modules - 27 Functionalities

The ultra-modern facility is complex. It includes 32 modules with 27 different functionalities all set to check and test BYK additives in paints, plastics, and adhesives. The modules are connected to each other via a rail system, with shuttles moving the samples individually from one module to the next.

The examination of liquid samples with respect to pH value, foam, or particle size distribution forms part of this one-of-a-kind HTS facility. In addition, two rheology measuring instruments evaluate the flow behavior.
Depending on the usage concerned, the samples are then applied by pouring out, drawing down, or spraying, and cured using UV radiation, or by means of oven or air drying. Finally, they are then subjected to a fully automated test for property characteristics such as gloss, flow, or color.

Constant Laboratory Conditions