Characterize and formulate your materials using Thermo Scientific™ rheology, viscometry, mixing, and extrusion technologies. Whether you support research, QA/QC, product development, or production, these recorded webinars are designed to enhance your knowledge and solve everyday challenges. 

Learn about upcoming material characterization seminars.

Recorded webinars

How Extrusion Conditions Influence the Properties of Starch Compounds

This webinar examines the influence that twin-screw extrusion has on production of a potato starch compound. It explains how users can more adeptly design a starch matrix to meet required product properties. 

The Thermo Scientific™ Process 11 Hygienic twin-screw extruder allows the user to influence texture, stability and further processability of the final product by controlling different process parameters such as:

  •  screw configuration
  •  screw speed 
  •  feeding rate
  •  temperature

Behavior of the resulting starch matrix is further investigated via rheology for a precise analysis of the final product.

Target audience: Scientists and Engineers involved in food processing of products based on starch compounds.

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Twin Screw Compounding–Introduction and Scale-Up

New functional polymers are continuously taking over new applications in all areas. The compounding process is a decisive factor in development to ensure that the properties of the active ingredients meet the requirements. This seminar is concerned with the principles of compounding based on selected examples from the industry. A further focal point is the scale transfer from research and development to the production process (scale-up).

Target audience: Scientists, engineers, and experienced staff members from the polymer industry who are involved in the development and testing of new types of polymer compounds as well as their processing.

Watch webinar now


Extrusion Rheology–Use of the Torque Rheometer

This webinar is intended for all newcomers and users who work with torque rheometers and laboratory extruders and use them for rheological measurements. Here extruder rheology is illustrated using a series of practical examples and linked with actual processes.

  • Torque rheometers–design and applications
  • Comparison between extruder rheology and high pressure capillary rheology
  • Principles of extruder rheology
  • Applications for round and slotted capillary nozzles
  • Description of measuring procedure, interpretation of flow and viscosity curves in terms of process characteristics and processability, as well as influence of processing aids, color pigments, fillers, lubricants, and additives

Target audience:
This webinar is intended for all newcomers and users who work with torque rheometers and laboratory extruders and use them for rheological measurements.

Watch webinar now

Mixer Test–A Versatile Tool for Polymer Processing

This webinar involves structure and applications for torque rheometers and measuring mixers, including measuring mixers for routine monitoring and production of small sample batches.

  • Interpretation of measuring curves in terms of gelatinization and plastification behavior
  • Vulcanization and curing times
  • Network behavior
  • Thermal stability tests
  • Absorption capacity
  • Processing characteristics
  • Processability

Target audience:
Employees involved in the quality assurance, development, and testing of polymer compounds and rubber mixtures as well as their processing.

Watch webinar now


MIM/PIM Application: Laboratory Mixer, Compounding, Rheology

Metallic powder and ceramic powder injection molding (MIM/PIM) is a powder metallurgy shaping process, allowing economical production of small components with a complex shape.

Target audience:
This webinar is intended for all those interested in learning more about these technologies. 

Watch webinar now

3 Part Webinar Series: Streamline Drug Development

Part 1: Incorporating twin-screw extruders into a continuous manufacturing process

Learn how to overcome drug formulation and manufacturing challenges. In this webinar, we examine how a modular approach to continuous pharmaceutical processes using twin-screw extruders can help shorten the time from drug development to market.

Part 2: Producing drug delivery systems from solubility enhancement to implants

Hot melt extrusion (HME) is a powerful and versatile tool for modern pharmaceutical formulation development. It can be used for many applications from increasing bioavailability to novel drug delivery methods.

Part 3: Raman spectroscopy – a powerful tool in process understanding and formulation development

Successful formulation of a drug delivery system requires a comprehensive understanding of polymer and active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) interaction. Simultaneous analysis using rheology and Raman spectroscopy can help you characterize the crystallization behavior of drug delivery systems and help tailor their properties to meet final drug requirements.


Downstream Options for Melt Extrusion

This webinar reviews controlled cooling and shaping of post-extrusion materials. We discuss options for die designs and dosage forms served by hot-melt extrusion (HME). We review the uses and advantages of strand line, chill roll, chather/films, and injection molding downstream handling for creating pellets, micropellets or flakes for milling, controlled cooling to manage morphology, and transdermal applications. Considerations during formulation development for downstream handling, reproducibility, drug release, and storage are also covered.

  • Influence on HME process parameters on the downstream process
  • Strand granulation
  • Chill-rolling
  • Injection molding as possibilities for downstreaming
  • Alternative processes for melt processing

Target audience: Scientists, engineers, and staff members from pharmaceutical formulation and process development who want more information on the possibilities of downstreaming in HME.

Watch webinar

Advances in Continuous Granulation

This webinar is a presentation of a modular approach to continuous granulation. It discusses technological possibilities from mixing to finished product, and comparison of granulation characteristics from classic batch methods using a twin-screw extruder.

Target audience: Scientists, engineers, and experienced staff members from pharmaceutical process development involved in the development and production of medications in solid form.

Watch webinar


Scale-up of a Hot-melt Extrusion Process–Process Parameters and Their Scalability

Hot-melt extrusion (HME) has been advancing for a number of years for formulating active ingredients with low solubility. On the basis of a case study a systematic approach to scale-up using critical process parameters is presented.

Target audience: Scientists, engineers, and workers in research, process development, and production, actively using twin-screw extruders in the pharmaceutical industry, who want to be introduced to a systematic approach of process scale-up.

Watch webinar

Twin-Screw Processes in Pharma–An Introduction

Hot-melt extrusion (HME) has been advancing for a number of years for formulating active ingredients with low solubility. The HME process is presented and discussed in detail using practical examples. The use of the extruder for moisture extrusion and granulation is presented.

Target audience: Scientists, engineers, and managers in research, process development, and production, desiring a glimpse into the various areas of application for twin-screw extruders in the pharmaceutical industry.

Watch webinar

Handle Food Samples with Care for Reliable Rheological Results

Mouthfeel… Spreadability…  Appearance… Stability for shelf-life…Testing the structure of a food is essential to ensure the final product appeals to consumers.

Key rheological results can be thrown off by some easy slip-ups in sample handling or the test method itself. This webinar reviews the critical steps before pressing ‘start’ on your rheometer:

  • Sample handling
  • Sample loading
  • Sufficient recovery
  • Design of test method

Gain confidence in your sampling skills, test method, and rheological results from R&D to QC.

Watch webinar

Understand Flow Behavior of Food Products–From Processing to Mouth Feel

The basics of food rheology will be explained by means of practical examples correlating with real processes.

  • Mouth feeling, spreadability, processability
  • Time- and temperature-dependent behavior
  • Filling behavior, extensional rheology
  • Aggregation and disaggregation, thixotropy

Who should attend: Customers involved in the development, characterization, and testing of food products and their processability with basic knowledge of rheology.

Watch webinar now

Combining Rheometry with FTIR and Microscopy–Benefits and Applications in Polymer Research

Simultaneous rheological and optical measurements are becoming increasingly popular—particularly for product development in the polymer area. Here, changes in the rheological profile can be correlated with information on either the microstructure (microscopy) or molecular structure (FTIR).

You will learn about:

  • Simultaneous rheology and FTIR spectroscopy measurements
  • Simultaneous rheology and optical microscopy measurements
  • Viscoelasticity
  • Thermal and UV curing
  • Pharmaceutical polymers and hot-melt extrusion (HME)

Watch webinar now

Rheometry and FTIR Spectroscopy: Benefits and Applications in Polymer Research

Simultaneous rheological measurements and FTIR spectroscopy are becoming increasingly popular—particularly for product development in the polymer area. Here, changes in the rheological profile of properties can be correlated with information about the molecular structure and its changes.

You will learn about:

  • Simultaneous rheology and FTIR spectroscopy measurements
  • Viscoelasticity
  • Thermal and UV curing
  • Pharmaceutical polymers and hot-melt extrusion (HME)

Who should attend: This webinar is intended for all scientists, engineers, and laboratory staff members who are involved in the development and formulation of polymer-related products using rheology and/or spectroscopy.

Watch webinar now


Basics of Rotational Rheology

Rheological measurements in rotation reflect the flow characteristics during the production process (e.g., agitation, pumping, pipe flows) as well as storage, transport, and applications (such as painting or pressing).

Target audience: Scientists, engineers, and laboratory staff members involved in the formulation, development, characterization, and quality assurance of products as well as processing and process engineering.

Watch webinar now

Basics of Oscillatory Rheology

Rheological measurements in oscillation are usually accomplished on a non-destructive basis and serve many purposes such as characterization of material and processing characteristics, storage stability, relaxation properties, softening, melting, gelatinization, networking, and hardening.

Target audience: Scientists, engineers, and laboratory staff members involved in the formulation, development, characterization, and quality assurance of products as well as stability studies and questions regarding processability.

Watch webinar now


Basics of Extensional Rheology

This webinar discusses the operation and applications of an extensional rheometer for fluids.

Target audience: Employees involved in the quality assurance, development, and testing of polymer compounds and rubber mixtures as well as their processing.

Watch webinar now

Oscillatory Rheology in Quality Control–New Testing Capabilities

In this webinar the basics of oscillatory rheometry and how it can be applied to quality control will be presented.

  • Quality control
  • Flow behavior, yield stress, thixotropy
  • Viscoelasticity
  • Oscillatory tests

Target audience: Customers involved in quality control with basic knowledge of rheology.

Watch webinar now


Understand Flow Behavior of Paints and Coatings–From Formulation to Application

In this webinar we present the capabilities of rheological tests to understand the basic flow behavior as well as the complex application performance of formulations.

  • Flow behavior, yield stress, thixotropy
  • Rotational, oscillatory, and extensional rheology
  • Quality control, R&D
  • Shelf life

Who should attend: Customers involved in the development, characterization, and testing of coatings with basic knowledge of rheology.

Watch webinar now

Correlation of Rheological Curves, Microscopic Images, and Optical Measuring Methods

The combination of rheology with light and polarization microscopy allows deeper insights into the flow and application behavior of products such as foodstuffs, pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, and crude oil. The resulting combined results presented here correlate the microstructure with actual flow and transport processes.

Target audience: Scientists, engineers, and laboratory staff members who are involved in the characterization, development, and testing of foodstuffs, pharmaceutical products, and cosmetics as well as their processing with experience in the area of rheology.

Watch webinar now


Next Generation Quality Control Rheometer

Thermo Scientific™ HAAKE™ Viscotester™ iQ Rheometer

Learn about the new quality control standard rheometer—easier to operate, faster, simpler, more intuitive, and highly modular. Obtain reliable and reproducible data measurement with “Connect Assist” coupling, one-hand lift operation, and instrument feedback for measuring optimization.

Easy and intuitive operation via touchscreen panel or by USB or PC software for automated measurement, evaluation, pass/fail analysis, and QC documentation. 

English

German

Sol/Gel Transitions of Poloxamers

Various influential factors on the gel formation process, its kinetics, and the stability of the gel are demonstrated on the basis of systematically performed rheological sol/gel studies on poloxamer systems.

Target audience: Scientists, engineers, and laboratory staff members in formulation, development, and quality assurance who are involved in the characterization of sol/gel transitions and questions of gelatinization and strength.

Watch webinar now


Reliable QC Data–The Simple and Comfortable Approach

Rheology in quality control is described here based on a rotational viscometer using a series of practical examples.

Target audience: This webinar is intended for all those who use rheological measuring methods for quality assurance.

Watch webinar now

Well Prepared–Good Results

How do you ensure that rheological measurements are performed correctly and are reproducible and independent of the user? Possible sources of error are identified and described on the basis of practical examples, as well as how they can be avoided.

Target audience: Scientists, laboratory staff members, and employees responsible for quality using rheological measuring instruments.

Watch webinar now


Applied Polymer Rheology

Polymer rheology deals with the investigation of the viscoelastic properties of polymeric materials in different states.

This webinar will provide an overview of common rheological techniques for the investigation of solid and molten polymers. The manufacturing and application related information that can be gained from these tests will be discussed, and rheometer configurations for the investigation of polymers will be presented.

Watch webinar now

Broadening Measurements with Simultaneous Rheology and DEA

A rheometer provides bulk information from a sample, while a DEA (dielectric analyzer) gives additional information about the details on molecular level.

The Thermo Scientific™ HAAKE™ MARS Rheometer, with an integrated DEA sensor, allows simultaneous collection of rheological and DEA data on the same sample at the same time, which can be connected with the sample history or pretreatment. This approach saves time and money with shorter time for preparation and analysis.

Watch webinar now

How Extrusion Conditions Influence the Properties of Starch Compounds

This webinar examines the influence that twin-screw extrusion has on production of a potato starch compound. It explains how users can more adeptly design a starch matrix to meet required product properties. 

The Thermo Scientific™ Process 11 Hygienic twin-screw extruder allows the user to influence texture, stability and further processability of the final product by controlling different process parameters such as:

  •  screw configuration
  •  screw speed 
  •  feeding rate
  •  temperature

Behavior of the resulting starch matrix is further investigated via rheology for a precise analysis of the final product.

Target audience: Scientists and Engineers involved in food processing of products based on starch compounds.

Watch webinar now

Twin Screw Compounding–Introduction and Scale-Up

New functional polymers are continuously taking over new applications in all areas. The compounding process is a decisive factor in development to ensure that the properties of the active ingredients meet the requirements. This seminar is concerned with the principles of compounding based on selected examples from the industry. A further focal point is the scale transfer from research and development to the production process (scale-up).

Target audience: Scientists, engineers, and experienced staff members from the polymer industry who are involved in the development and testing of new types of polymer compounds as well as their processing.

Watch webinar now


Extrusion Rheology–Use of the Torque Rheometer

This webinar is intended for all newcomers and users who work with torque rheometers and laboratory extruders and use them for rheological measurements. Here extruder rheology is illustrated using a series of practical examples and linked with actual processes.

  • Torque rheometers–design and applications
  • Comparison between extruder rheology and high pressure capillary rheology
  • Principles of extruder rheology
  • Applications for round and slotted capillary nozzles
  • Description of measuring procedure, interpretation of flow and viscosity curves in terms of process characteristics and processability, as well as influence of processing aids, color pigments, fillers, lubricants, and additives

Target audience:
This webinar is intended for all newcomers and users who work with torque rheometers and laboratory extruders and use them for rheological measurements.

Watch webinar now

Mixer Test–A Versatile Tool for Polymer Processing

This webinar involves structure and applications for torque rheometers and measuring mixers, including measuring mixers for routine monitoring and production of small sample batches.

  • Interpretation of measuring curves in terms of gelatinization and plastification behavior
  • Vulcanization and curing times
  • Network behavior
  • Thermal stability tests
  • Absorption capacity
  • Processing characteristics
  • Processability

Target audience:
Employees involved in the quality assurance, development, and testing of polymer compounds and rubber mixtures as well as their processing.

Watch webinar now


MIM/PIM Application: Laboratory Mixer, Compounding, Rheology

Metallic powder and ceramic powder injection molding (MIM/PIM) is a powder metallurgy shaping process, allowing economical production of small components with a complex shape.

Target audience:
This webinar is intended for all those interested in learning more about these technologies. 

Watch webinar now

3 Part Webinar Series: Streamline Drug Development

Part 1: Incorporating twin-screw extruders into a continuous manufacturing process

Learn how to overcome drug formulation and manufacturing challenges. In this webinar, we examine how a modular approach to continuous pharmaceutical processes using twin-screw extruders can help shorten the time from drug development to market.

Part 2: Producing drug delivery systems from solubility enhancement to implants

Hot melt extrusion (HME) is a powerful and versatile tool for modern pharmaceutical formulation development. It can be used for many applications from increasing bioavailability to novel drug delivery methods.

Part 3: Raman spectroscopy – a powerful tool in process understanding and formulation development

Successful formulation of a drug delivery system requires a comprehensive understanding of polymer and active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) interaction. Simultaneous analysis using rheology and Raman spectroscopy can help you characterize the crystallization behavior of drug delivery systems and help tailor their properties to meet final drug requirements.


Downstream Options for Melt Extrusion

This webinar reviews controlled cooling and shaping of post-extrusion materials. We discuss options for die designs and dosage forms served by hot-melt extrusion (HME). We review the uses and advantages of strand line, chill roll, chather/films, and injection molding downstream handling for creating pellets, micropellets or flakes for milling, controlled cooling to manage morphology, and transdermal applications. Considerations during formulation development for downstream handling, reproducibility, drug release, and storage are also covered.

  • Influence on HME process parameters on the downstream process
  • Strand granulation
  • Chill-rolling
  • Injection molding as possibilities for downstreaming
  • Alternative processes for melt processing

Target audience: Scientists, engineers, and staff members from pharmaceutical formulation and process development who want more information on the possibilities of downstreaming in HME.

Watch webinar

Advances in Continuous Granulation

This webinar is a presentation of a modular approach to continuous granulation. It discusses technological possibilities from mixing to finished product, and comparison of granulation characteristics from classic batch methods using a twin-screw extruder.

Target audience: Scientists, engineers, and experienced staff members from pharmaceutical process development involved in the development and production of medications in solid form.

Watch webinar


Scale-up of a Hot-melt Extrusion Process–Process Parameters and Their Scalability

Hot-melt extrusion (HME) has been advancing for a number of years for formulating active ingredients with low solubility. On the basis of a case study a systematic approach to scale-up using critical process parameters is presented.

Target audience: Scientists, engineers, and workers in research, process development, and production, actively using twin-screw extruders in the pharmaceutical industry, who want to be introduced to a systematic approach of process scale-up.

Watch webinar

Twin-Screw Processes in Pharma–An Introduction

Hot-melt extrusion (HME) has been advancing for a number of years for formulating active ingredients with low solubility. The HME process is presented and discussed in detail using practical examples. The use of the extruder for moisture extrusion and granulation is presented.

Target audience: Scientists, engineers, and managers in research, process development, and production, desiring a glimpse into the various areas of application for twin-screw extruders in the pharmaceutical industry.

Watch webinar

Handle Food Samples with Care for Reliable Rheological Results

Mouthfeel… Spreadability…  Appearance… Stability for shelf-life…Testing the structure of a food is essential to ensure the final product appeals to consumers.

Key rheological results can be thrown off by some easy slip-ups in sample handling or the test method itself. This webinar reviews the critical steps before pressing ‘start’ on your rheometer:

  • Sample handling
  • Sample loading
  • Sufficient recovery
  • Design of test method

Gain confidence in your sampling skills, test method, and rheological results from R&D to QC.

Watch webinar

Understand Flow Behavior of Food Products–From Processing to Mouth Feel

The basics of food rheology will be explained by means of practical examples correlating with real processes.

  • Mouth feeling, spreadability, processability
  • Time- and temperature-dependent behavior
  • Filling behavior, extensional rheology
  • Aggregation and disaggregation, thixotropy

Who should attend: Customers involved in the development, characterization, and testing of food products and their processability with basic knowledge of rheology.

Watch webinar now

Combining Rheometry with FTIR and Microscopy–Benefits and Applications in Polymer Research

Simultaneous rheological and optical measurements are becoming increasingly popular—particularly for product development in the polymer area. Here, changes in the rheological profile can be correlated with information on either the microstructure (microscopy) or molecular structure (FTIR).

You will learn about:

  • Simultaneous rheology and FTIR spectroscopy measurements
  • Simultaneous rheology and optical microscopy measurements
  • Viscoelasticity
  • Thermal and UV curing
  • Pharmaceutical polymers and hot-melt extrusion (HME)

Watch webinar now

Rheometry and FTIR Spectroscopy: Benefits and Applications in Polymer Research

Simultaneous rheological measurements and FTIR spectroscopy are becoming increasingly popular—particularly for product development in the polymer area. Here, changes in the rheological profile of properties can be correlated with information about the molecular structure and its changes.

You will learn about:

  • Simultaneous rheology and FTIR spectroscopy measurements
  • Viscoelasticity
  • Thermal and UV curing
  • Pharmaceutical polymers and hot-melt extrusion (HME)

Who should attend: This webinar is intended for all scientists, engineers, and laboratory staff members who are involved in the development and formulation of polymer-related products using rheology and/or spectroscopy.

Watch webinar now


Basics of Rotational Rheology

Rheological measurements in rotation reflect the flow characteristics during the production process (e.g., agitation, pumping, pipe flows) as well as storage, transport, and applications (such as painting or pressing).

Target audience: Scientists, engineers, and laboratory staff members involved in the formulation, development, characterization, and quality assurance of products as well as processing and process engineering.

Watch webinar now

Basics of Oscillatory Rheology

Rheological measurements in oscillation are usually accomplished on a non-destructive basis and serve many purposes such as characterization of material and processing characteristics, storage stability, relaxation properties, softening, melting, gelatinization, networking, and hardening.

Target audience: Scientists, engineers, and laboratory staff members involved in the formulation, development, characterization, and quality assurance of products as well as stability studies and questions regarding processability.

Watch webinar now


Basics of Extensional Rheology

This webinar discusses the operation and applications of an extensional rheometer for fluids.

Target audience: Employees involved in the quality assurance, development, and testing of polymer compounds and rubber mixtures as well as their processing.

Watch webinar now

Oscillatory Rheology in Quality Control–New Testing Capabilities

In this webinar the basics of oscillatory rheometry and how it can be applied to quality control will be presented.

  • Quality control
  • Flow behavior, yield stress, thixotropy
  • Viscoelasticity
  • Oscillatory tests

Target audience: Customers involved in quality control with basic knowledge of rheology.

Watch webinar now


Understand Flow Behavior of Paints and Coatings–From Formulation to Application

In this webinar we present the capabilities of rheological tests to understand the basic flow behavior as well as the complex application performance of formulations.

  • Flow behavior, yield stress, thixotropy
  • Rotational, oscillatory, and extensional rheology
  • Quality control, R&D
  • Shelf life

Who should attend: Customers involved in the development, characterization, and testing of coatings with basic knowledge of rheology.

Watch webinar now

Correlation of Rheological Curves, Microscopic Images, and Optical Measuring Methods

The combination of rheology with light and polarization microscopy allows deeper insights into the flow and application behavior of products such as foodstuffs, pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, and crude oil. The resulting combined results presented here correlate the microstructure with actual flow and transport processes.

Target audience: Scientists, engineers, and laboratory staff members who are involved in the characterization, development, and testing of foodstuffs, pharmaceutical products, and cosmetics as well as their processing with experience in the area of rheology.

Watch webinar now


Next Generation Quality Control Rheometer

Thermo Scientific™ HAAKE™ Viscotester™ iQ Rheometer

Learn about the new quality control standard rheometer—easier to operate, faster, simpler, more intuitive, and highly modular. Obtain reliable and reproducible data measurement with “Connect Assist” coupling, one-hand lift operation, and instrument feedback for measuring optimization.

Easy and intuitive operation via touchscreen panel or by USB or PC software for automated measurement, evaluation, pass/fail analysis, and QC documentation. 

English

German

Sol/Gel Transitions of Poloxamers

Various influential factors on the gel formation process, its kinetics, and the stability of the gel are demonstrated on the basis of systematically performed rheological sol/gel studies on poloxamer systems.

Target audience: Scientists, engineers, and laboratory staff members in formulation, development, and quality assurance who are involved in the characterization of sol/gel transitions and questions of gelatinization and strength.

Watch webinar now


Reliable QC Data–The Simple and Comfortable Approach

Rheology in quality control is described here based on a rotational viscometer using a series of practical examples.

Target audience: This webinar is intended for all those who use rheological measuring methods for quality assurance.

Watch webinar now

Well Prepared–Good Results

How do you ensure that rheological measurements are performed correctly and are reproducible and independent of the user? Possible sources of error are identified and described on the basis of practical examples, as well as how they can be avoided.

Target audience: Scientists, laboratory staff members, and employees responsible for quality using rheological measuring instruments.

Watch webinar now


Applied Polymer Rheology

Polymer rheology deals with the investigation of the viscoelastic properties of polymeric materials in different states.

This webinar will provide an overview of common rheological techniques for the investigation of solid and molten polymers. The manufacturing and application related information that can be gained from these tests will be discussed, and rheometer configurations for the investigation of polymers will be presented.

Watch webinar now

Broadening Measurements with Simultaneous Rheology and DEA

A rheometer provides bulk information from a sample, while a DEA (dielectric analyzer) gives additional information about the details on molecular level.

The Thermo Scientific™ HAAKE™ MARS Rheometer, with an integrated DEA sensor, allows simultaneous collection of rheological and DEA data on the same sample at the same time, which can be connected with the sample history or pretreatment. This approach saves time and money with shorter time for preparation and analysis.

Watch webinar now