Micronizing and Drying Powders since 1955, Experts in Equipment Engineering and High Quality Contract Powder Processing.

Test Center Services

Contract Manufacturing and Equipment Feasibility Testing

Fluid Energy operates a fully equipped testing facility in Telford, PA to help customers develop milling or drying applications from concept through pilot and production scale operations.

  • The Test Center at Fluid Energy provides feasibility testing for jet milling and flash drying applications. Whether you are looking for Fluid Energy Contract Manufacturing Services or to build a system for your in-house processing needs, the first step is to determine our equipment’s ability to meet your specifications.
  • The Test Center runs trials on new materials for customers that have never tried jet milling or flash drying. In addition, we test established materials to see if we can make it finer, drier or both. Testing can also include bulk density adjustments, blending/color adjustments, coating/encapsulating, and classification.
  • The data collected in our test center is used to determine milling/drying feasibility and the scale-up factors needed to confirm economic viability and equipment design parameters.
  • If you are interested in learning more about Fluid Energy equipment or having a feasibility test conducted, please call us at 215-721-8990 or email us through the contact link at the bottom of this page.

Laboratory Jet Mill Testing

Fluid Energy offer three (3) distinct jet mill styles for the production of fine powders. The MICRO-JET and JET-O-MIZER are available in tray mounted laboratory systems that allow for testing of very small samples, as small as one gram in some cases. The Test Center has a variety of these small trays on the shelf ready to test customer samples.

  • Model 00 JET-O-MIZER tray system
  • Model 0101 JET-O-MIZER tray system
  • Model 2 MICRO-JET tray system
  • Model 4 MICRO-JET tray system

Pilot Size Jet Mill Testing

When an application moves past the feasibility stage or a project requires larger samples for analysis, we have pilot size jet mills to do the job. All three (3) of our jet mills are available in pilot size units in our Test Center. We have rooms specifically equipped with properly sized support equipment like feeders, cyclones and baghouses that match the requirements of the pilot size jet mills. Our pilot systems can generate samples as small as one pound up to extended trial runs that produce several hundred pounds of powder. Pilot testing is often used to generate samples for market studies, use in the creation of test parts, and to produce a large set of samples for in-house testing by our customers. Fluid Energy uses the data from pilot tests to confirm scale up calculations, to look for indications of wear or build-up and study the ease feeding.

  • Model 0202 JET-O-MIZER table system
  • Model 4 MICRO-JET table system
  • Model 8 MICRO-JET table system
  • Model 8 ROTO-JET table system

Flash Dryer Testing

Our Test Center contains bench top THERMAJET™ drying systems and a pilot size THERMAJET™ system. The bench top unit is designed to generate small samples for feasibility and proof of concept testing. It can be used to generate samples from ¼ pound to 20 pounds, depending on the condition of the wet feed and finished product specification. The pilot scale drying system is a complete THERMAJET™ flash drying system designed to generate samples as small as five pounds but also able to run in a continuous mode allowing the production of very large samples (hundreds of pounds). The pilot THERMAJET™ system is equipped with multiple feeding and collection options. The heat source is electric or direct fired propane. It can be operated between 0.5 psi and 9 psi and can run completely inert using nitrogen.

  • Model 1 THERMAJET™ benchtop system
  • Model 2 THERMAJET™ benchtop system
  • Model 4 THERMAJET™ pilot system


Fluid Energy operates a Quality Control Laboratory to support our milling and flash drying test stations. The Fluid Energy Laboratory performs rigorous testing of starting, in-process, and finished micronized substances using Laser Particle Size Distribution Analysis. We also offer more traditional styles of particle size analysis like grind gauges and sieve analysis. The laboratory operations are governed by Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), instrument calibrations and controls.

  • Coulter LS-230 laser particle size analyzer
  • MicroTrac S3500 laser particle size analyzer
  • Optical Microscope with Digital Camera

Flash drying trials are supported by both LOI and LOD testing, with the latter being performed in a moisture balance. In addition to being trained to operate all the analysis equipment, our lab technicians are trained to look for issues common to jet milling and flash drying like color change, bulk density variations, and production of grit. All the data is documented in a test report or certificate of analysis.

  • Mettler Moisture Balance