The agreement sees Ontario-based ATS Scientific become exclusive distributor of Freeman’s Ft4 Powder Rheometer in Canada and – while still at an early stage – is already showing promise according to the UK firm’s managing director, Tim Freeman.
“ATS have started promoting the FT4 Powder Rheometer in Canada and are already carrying out product demonstrations and sample analysis for prospective customers. They have quickly established new leads and sales opportunities.”
Freeman declined to provide in-Pharmatechnolopgist.com with further details of there opportunities other than to say that they involved manufacturers in the pharmaceutical, food and cosmetics sectors.
The agreement follows a year after Freeman set up its first North American office – in the pharma hub New Jersey, US - and is an indication, according to Freeman, that regulatory pressure for process data is driving regional drug industry demand for monitoring techs.
“Our technology is involved in complex and emerging science. This is not an overnight process, but as the industries embrace initiatives such as QbD and PAT and more broadly the value in understanding as much about their material properties as possible, our installed base is growing strongly year on year in North America.”
He also stressed the breadth of powder flow analysis data available to manufacturers that use the FT4 compared with those that use other technologies on the market and suggested that this will help Freeman build its North American client base.
“Other technologies that measure certain aspects of powder behavior exist, such as shear cells, but the FT4 is a universal powder tester that uniquely provides information about a broad range of powder characteristics.
“The FT4 is the only instrument that can measure dynamic flow properties of powders. It combines this functionality with the ability to measure bulk properties, such as density, compressibility and permeability, as well as shear properties.”