VCM Product Family

Modular and continuously growing.

 
 

VCM Essentials

 Simplicity and precision.

The VCM Essentials provide a tailor-made environment for the highest reproducibility and the safest operation of the VCM Tools. Thanks to the easy-to-use handling, samples with unmatched quality can be produced within minutes, without the need for tedious process development or cleaning.

Handle

Vacuum clamping valve

Water cooling

Cooling air valve

VCM process

Moved manually after melting

Cooling air

Vacuum clamping valve

Vacuum valves VCM Tools

VCM cooling process
VCM cooling process
VCM heating unit

Heating Unit

VCM vacuum unit
VCM cooling unit

Vacuum Unit

Cooling Unit

          VCM Tool

(during solidifying)

VCM cooling unit process
VCM heating unit process

            VCM Tool

(during melting)

Vacuum Unit

Vacuum Compression Molding - Vacuum applying

0,1 mbar

1 atm

High vacuum levels, as well as arbitrary levels, can be set thanks to an integrated controller. The user-friendly distribution system with individual switchable vacuum circuits supplies up to two VCM Tools and the vacuum clamping ports.

VCM Tools

The heart of the technology.

The VCM Tool family serves as a modular solution to face the wide-ranging requirements of sample dimensions. The VCM Disc Tool is equipped with a Disc Insert between 25 and 8 mm. Smaller Disc Inserts are available separately. The VCM Bar Tool is equipped with one of the available geometries.

Heating Unit

Vacuum Unit

Cooling Unit

VCM Disc Tool - Hot melt extrusion formulation screening
MeltPrep VCM disc tool - Hot melt extrusion formulation screening

Disc Lid

Disc Insert

Disc

Main Body

VCM Disc Tool

Cylindrical samples.

VCM Bar Tool

VCM Bar Tool - DMTA measurement
VCM bar tool - DMTA measurement

Bar Lid

Bar Insert

Elongated samples.
VCM samples - hot melt extrusion formulation screening

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Unlimited Heights

The sample height can be easily adjusted between 0.1 and 10 mm by changing the filling weight.

 

VCM Inserts

You decide.

Different material characterizations require various sample geometries and dimensions. The shape of the VCM Insert defines the cross-section of the sample. No worries if you cannot find your dimension below, we also provide custom solutions.

 

Heating Unit

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Available Dimensions (mm range)

 

VCM Spectroscopy Chamber

Offline chemometrics.

PAT always comes with the challenge of calibration. The in-process sensor position and how deep the radiation can penetrate significantly impact signal quality. In the worst case, the sensors might capture only stagnant material resulting in low sensitivity and drifts.

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Spectroscopy Chamber

Our new 5g standard
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The spectroscopy chamber is an easy-to-use offline solution for combining VCM technology with typical process sensors. Two ports allow investigating the melt via reflection and transmission.

VCM spectroscopy chamber

Mount up to two sensors

For transmission and reflection

The spectroscopy chamber allows studying whether it is better to use reflectance with one or transmission with two probes. Reduce material consumption during calibration runs on the extruder and implement a PAT faster with more confidence.

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Set the optical path length (L>l) for transmission measurement. The sample volume in the two-diameter compartment is constant — the path length changes when pressing the material from one section into another. Click on the button below to read the related publication.

 

VCM Accessories

Work simplified

The VCM Technology is designed to make your daily lab routines as smooth as possible. The accessories include separation foils which are reusable multiple times, and a modern temperature logger for accurate temperature acquisitions.

 

VCM Separation Foil - Sample preparation for pharmaceutical formulations screening

Vacuum Unit

Separation Foil Packs

Saves you weeks of cleaning.

One pack consists of 100 sets of separation foils. Thanks to the precise cut of the foils, the best possible results are guaranteed.

VCM foils - Sample preparation for pharmacautical formulation screening

Heating Unit

Temperature Logger

Temperature Logger - VCM sample preparation of thermoplastic materials
A tireless clerk.

Temperature is the most crucial parameter of the VCM process. Data can be gathered and evaluated quickly using a smartphone or PC via Bluetooth.

VCM Sample preparation of thermoplastic materials
VCM Tool insert

Each insert is equipped with a bore for a thermocouple →

 

VCM Lids

Flexibility enhancers.

In laboratories, tasks are diverse. Additional lids for the VCM Disc Tools allow you to accomplish even more tasks. The special designs allow either integrating spectroscopic tools or reducing compaction pressure, enabling preparation using materials with lower viscosities.

Heating Unit

VCM Spectroscopy lid

Vacuum Unit

Spectroscopy Lid for VCM Disc Tool

Provides insights.

Equip the VCM Disc Tool with a glass window above the sample and install a sensor from the top. Perform the calibration benchtop with fewer headaches.

Cooling Unit

VCM Spectroscopy Tool
VCM Spectroscopy Tool
VCM Spectroscopy Tool
VCM Spectroscopy Tool
VCM Spectroscopy Tool

 

VCM Low pressure lid

Low Pressure Lid for VCM Disc Tool

For low viscous materials.

The low-pressure lid reduces compaction pressure [bar] and increases the applicability of the VCM Tool for processing lower viscous samples.

VCM low pressure lids

Beyond recommendation

VCM low pressure bar insert
VCM low pressure lids

Low Pressure Lid for VCM Bar Tool

The lock-out feature allows you to cure under vacuum without compaction pressure. Shape it once the viscosity is high enough.

For curing reactions.
VCM low pressure bar insert
VCM low pressure bar insert