Miniature Plant Trial Services
Attended and Mail-In Plant Trials Available!
Attended Plant Trials
Some of our clients want to participate in the plant trial. This enables them to prepare their formulas, and witness the processing of their products. Based on the quality of the processed products, they may then have the ability to update their formula, and process these updated batches, enabling them to improve their product through iterative changes. These attended plant trials also provide our clients insight to the processing in real-time and to see our capabilities.
Mail-in (Remote) Plant Trials
Most clients choose to use our plant trial services remotely. This can greatly reduces costs and scheduling much easier since there is no travel involved. After working out the details with our technical staff, our clients send us their ingredients, we batch them according to their instructions, then process the product. The processed samples are then sent back to them.
In both cases, incoming ingredients and outgoing samples are sent using overnight carriers such as Federal Express so we can track them and ensure they reach their destinations safely.
Available Heating Styles
- Steam Injection
- Plate In Frame
1 to 10 Liters*
378 Liters or More*
Tests Per Day:
5 – 20*
*May vary depending on product and process
Available In-Line Operations
- Ultra Clean Filling
- Custom Processing
- Specialty Hold Tubes
- In-Line Sampling
- Starch Hydration
Process Small Batches
Develop a functional formula quickly and easily; without the challenges of full-scale plant trial. Small batch sizes (minimum 1-10 liters depending upon product and process) allow many ingredient and process variables to be tested, allowing you to learn how your product will perform during processing.
Accelerate Product Development
Our programs accelerate your product development by providing accurate processing results, and by relieving the scheduling, disposal, and cost restrictions of conventional plant trials.
FDA Registered & FSMA Compliant
Our Miniature Plant Trial Services provide the benefits of our equipment without having them at your own facility. We help eliminate the unknowns and make processing a tool, not an impediment to R&D.
At MicroThermics, you don’t scale up the product, we scale-down the process. We’ve combined the flexibility of our laboratory scale processing systems with the latest techniques developed to measure the impact of continuous thermal processes. After satisfying the necessary confidentiality requirements, we evaluate your detailed process data, and select laboratory scale processing conditions to match them. With Scale-Down Services, you can use our laboratory scale processing systems, or the services discussed above, to accurately reproduce plant conditions and qualify developmental formulas before plant trial.