Cellencor Test Facility
Shown on the right is our Cellencor test facility microwave, it is equipped with one 75 kilowatt transmitter, an eight foot oven and a 48 inch wide polypropolene belt. It can run material at up to 10 feet per minute giving you an approximate minimum dwell time of 1 minute. It is equipped with an exhaust system that can produce up to 2500CFM. It can be equipped with a top and bottom belt if a particular product needs to be sandwiched and held flat. It is also highly instrumented to aid in quantitative analysis of test runs. This information can then be used to help perform economic analysis of a certain product and allow us to calculate equipment needed to meet target through-put levels. It is also equipped with a custom water ballast system which allows us to run small quantities of material at higher power levels.
Some of the instrumentation we use includes instruments such as IR temperature sensors, NIR moisture analyzer, thermal imaging cameras, directional couplers to measure forward and reflected microwave energy, sensitive ammeters to measure total power consumption of the system, RTD's to measure product temperature exiting the microwave, thermometers and hygrometers to measure ambient air temperature and humidity, flowmeters to measure cooling being used, ananometers to measure CFM of the exhaust, as well as a camera inside the microwave oven to show real-time video of how the material reacts to microwaves such as boiling or browning. The tools are all very important to help us understand how the product is reacting to better plan and optimize potential microwave equipment. These tools can prove critical to help us fine tune the settings of the system to maximize efficiency.
Shown to the right is an array of resistance thermometer detectors which are connected to our proprietary software that records and charts the data. We can then go back and more carefully analyze this data during a test debriefing. This data is also usually used to form a feasibility study and economic analysis. These will also be used if a formal proposal is requested that can accommodate the customers needs. The report can usually estimate exhaust needs, power usage and cost per pound water removed or product produced as well as other useful calculated data.
To the right is a thermal image taken with a FLIR thermal imager of some plastic filter material being dried. Thermal imaging is a very valuable tool we have at our disposal to help insure a product heats evenly and uniformly throughout with no adverse effects on the product quality. This can also be very useful in designing an applicator and change how power is applied.