New HQ location
December was an intense month for us, leaving behind our long-term base at Lahdesjärvi while also working hard to complete multiple projects to finish up the year. You can now find us in our brand-new headquarters at the industrial district of Sarankulma. The new location just off E12 is easily accessible by both car and public transport. The facilities at Lumpeenkatu 1 provide a much needed upgrade to our laboratory and production space helping us cater better to our customers’ needs.
Pixact taking part in innovative projects aiming at a more sustainable future
Along with 55 other European companies, Pixact is participating in an EU-funded project led by VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland, piloting alternatives to replace plastic with natural fibres in e.g. packaging and building materials. Pixact is contributing to the development of these novel materials by supplying online measurement instruments for the pilot trials and other development work. Read more about the project on the project website.
Another VTT-led project looking at different methods for preparing cellulose derivatives was launched at the start of this year. The ValCel, Value for Cellulosics, project aims at creating export opportunities for Finnish companies by enhancing processes and developing new products. The project is a collaboration between three local research institutes (VTT, University of Helsinki and University of Oulu) and a handful of Finnish companies. Visit the ValCel website for more information.
Pixact Stock Monitoring (PSM)
The PSM system is designed for the analysis of particles and other impurities in fibrous suspensions, such as pulp. The imaging unit includes a Pixcell flow-through cuvette, which is installed directly on the process line, and a Pixscope 140-FL camera and illumination module mounted on the sight glass of the cuvette. The imaging unit captures high quality images of the process suspension with a front illumination setup. Our powerful analysis algorithms process the data to generate detailed measurement results on the features of the process suspension. Read more here.
PBM in packaging production
A recent increase in the sales of Pixact Bubble Monitoring systems has provided us with new application examples in packaging production. These processes use foamy materials, such as pulp, that is then poured into moulds to form packaging for e.g. electronics. Careful monitoring of the properties of the foam helps to optimize and control the process for higher product quality. Read more about Pixact Bubble Monitoring to find out if our measurement systems could also benefit you or ask for a quote at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite the closed borders and travel restrictions of 2020, we extended our operations to several new countries, including India, Japan and Uruguay, last year. The global pandemic meant that instead of our usual start-up procedure at the customer’s facilities we had to develop new practices to guide our customers through the installation process remotely. We now have a selection of tools at hand to help us serve our customers all over the world.
New Pixscope probes
At the start of last year we launched our new Pixscope 24-300 probe. The slim design is ideal for installation on inlets and ports with a small diameter, as the tip of the probe is just 24.0 mm wide. Accompanied by our most compact Pixstation LAB main unit the Pixscope 24-300 probe is perfect for laboratory systems and small reactors. The probe has received a warm welcome from our customers and was one of our best-selling products in 2020. In 2021 the development work continues, as we plan to add a 19-mm probe to our selection.
Pixact Foam Monitoring
After a successful demo campaign, we delivered a Pixact Foam Monitoring system to Ireland. The system is based on the Pixcell flow-through cuvette technology and optimized for use in laboratory environments. The system analyzes the customer's foamy end-product and gathers data for R&D purposes.