TMA Microniser – The TMAZ Difference
NatraPak has brought Tribo-Mechanical Activation (TMA) micronising technology to New Zealand which is also known as TMAZ or TBM.
TMA (tribo-mechanical-activation) technology is the latest generation of micronisation technology; micronisation is achieved using a specifically designed and patented TMA microniser. Unlike traditional ball and jet mills, TMA micronising employs a friction dynamic process – two rotor housings are mated to one and another operated by independent electrical motors spinning at over 22,000rpm. Each rotor housing contains two rotary disks each consisting of two or more layers of concentric wreaths with striking pins and blades, that are designed and arranged to pass each other freely while moving in opposite directions.
The rotor disk’s also utilise a patented design that prevents unchecked passage of the material being processed, further increasing the efficiency of the micronisation process. Material is introduced through the central area of the rotor system through a vacuum process. It then passes between the rotor disks blades and striking pins which creates an extremely turbulent environment increasing the collision and friction of particles in extremely short time intervals. The resulting environment forces particles to collide at over 3000km per hour. The centrifugal force created during the micronising process is enormous and each microniser requires excessive anchoring to remain stable.
TMA micronising exploits the full surface area of the chosen raw materials. This is very significant when compared to regular methods of milling especially, when particle sizes of one to ten microns are required. Raw material that has been micronised using the TMA system, can be micronised down to a minute particle size – 1,000 smaller particle size compared to conventional micronising practices. It feels like corn-flour when micronised.
The current form of milling or micronizing with conventional methods such as ball-milling and jet-milling have limited factors and are now outdated. The arrival of TMA technology has taken micronising to the next level, and has demonstrated to be more effective than the traditional methods.
The processing of one particle along the surface of another in these conditions exposes the materials structure, increasing bio-availability. The interaction and collision of particles not only micronises the particles to nano size, it also enlarges area by partially opening the surface and sub-layer of the structure. Thus, transforming the particles into an amorphous structure, altering the materials physio-chemical and energetic characteristics, lowering paramagnetism and increasing the available amount of electrons.
In simple terms, a uniform flaked particle size and shape, are some of the benefits of Tribo-Mechanical Activation. This also greatly increases the surface area of the product, making it more reactive and more available for the human body or domestic animal to absorb and utilize, internally and externally.
There are many major European studies and scientific papers have been conducted using TMA processed Zeolite. NatraPak is creating an extensive library of this information available.
NatraPak is developing a process plant that will be constructed to NZ Food standards, which will open many markets locally and worldwide requiring activated TMA raw materials.