Flow-Viz is both a new in-line fluid characterization system for non-Newtonian industrial fluids and suspensions and also the name for an intended spin-off company from SIK-The Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology, Göteborg, Sweden and CPUT-Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa.
Flow-Viz AB will develop and market the RheoFlow/Flow-Viz system, a new ultrasound based in-line fluid characterization system, developed especially for opaque, non-Newtonian industrial fluids and suspensions. Measurements are made non-invasively through process pipes, even through high grade stainless steel pipes. The instrument delivers real-time data such as instantaneous velocity profiles and rheology of complex industrial fluids and suspensions thus for enhanced process monitoring and quality control.
The RheoFlow/Flow-Viz system is a Clamp-on instrument measuring complex fluids in the process industry, delivering analysis previously thought difficult or impossible to obtain. The innovative technique based on pulsed ultrasound can measure a multitude of properties simultaneously and delivers accurate measurements even on opaque, viscous non-Newtonian fluids.
Real-time monitoring and measurement of fluid flow, rheology and transient processes makes it possible to adjust parameters directly while processing is taking place. As the system allows measurements at several points, it is possible to optimise the processes and increase production rates. Continuous measurement makes it possible to follow product changes, pasteurisation, crystallisation processes, CIP cleaning etc. in real-time. Measuring directly in-line provides new know-how about the product and the process. This offers a greater understanding of product features and how it is affected by the processes. Product quality can be optimized and novel products can be developed. Increased productivity and reduced water and energy consumption result due to more rapid product changes, more efficient washing, reduced wastage and optimised heat treatment processes. Inaccurate and time-consuming sampling and off-line sample analysis are now eliminated.