Process Optimization


Research, Development, Innovation

The Waterloo Technology Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that provides customers with leading-edge technology and equipment to support their testing and product development needs.


Get in touch with the lab team at the Waterloo Technology Centre


About the Lab

The Waterloo Technology Centre in Ontario, Canada, is set up as a space in which researchers, developers and manufacturers can come and develop customized test matrices, and trial batch sizes from small to large quantities using the range of equipment which spans Lab, Pilot and full Production scale models. Valuable feasibility and scale-up trials with the latest technologies will help customers in reducing integration and commissioning times.

Positioned alongside the manufacturing facility of IDEX Material Processing Technologies, Quadro, Fitzpatrick, Steridose, and Quadro Liquids, the centre offers a range of possibilities for our customers:

  • Supporting the development of customers' new products using feasibility tests.
  • Identifying improvements to existing manufacturing processes and/or established products.
  • Proof of concept for process scaling with a wide range of equipment, from lab-scale to pilot-scale and production-scale.
  • Ability to trial equipment before purchasing.

Benefit from over seven decades of combined materials handling experience and equipment development, supporting solid, semi-solid and liquid-based products.

At the Waterloo Technology Centre our knowledgable product and application specialists will be on hand to develop customized test matrices to meet customer targets. We'll use a comprehensive range of services and equipment to help develop and optimize processes.

Technology Centre Overview

We invite you to conduct feasibility and scale-up trials with the latest technologies to reduce integration and commissioning times.

As well as our well-known milling and particle sizing systems, our Technology Centre benefits from a comprehensive array of analysis equipment that allows complete solids particle size characterization.

  • Particle Size distributions through laser diffraction.
  • Particle Shapes via 1000x binocular microscope.
  • Bulk and tapped densities.
  • Compacted ribbon densities with our volume and density analyzer.
  • Video conferencing and streaming capabilities.
  • Detailed and customized test reports with equipment and/or set up recommendations.
  • Tests for batch sizes from under 1 kg to hundreds of kilograms.

What machines are available for testing?

Our Technology Centre makes use of our standard range of lab and production scale milling and sizing equipment, with the addition of specialist technology for research and development.

Overdriven Comils

The original conical screen mill, developed by Quadro In 1976. The Comil® is the preferred milling technology used in the food, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries for almost half a century.

  • 197 for lab/pilot scale – primarily food applications
  • 196 full production scale – primarily food applications

SDX™ full-scale milling/screening technologies

Innovative size reduction and milling technology, combining multiple powder processing solutions on one platform.

  • Comil® U20x powder mill and de-lumper
  • FitzMill D6Ax API and polymer mill
  • FlexSift S20x security screener and de-lumper

The Scalable Lab System™

Lab-scale particle sizing & processing platform with five milling, size reduction solutions.

  • Comil® U5 coarser powder mill and de-lumper
  • FlexSift S5 powder security screener and de-lumper
  • FitzMill L1A API powder and polymer mill
  • Comil® High Speed H5 finer powder mill

SDx Series™ Pilot-scale & mid-size

The mid-size SDx Series platform with exchangeable heads affords the ability to quickly and easily interchange Quadro’s Comil®and FlexSift Security Screening technologies.

  • Quadro® U10x Comil® - Improve Particle Size Distributions (PSDs)
  • Quadro® S10x FlexSif - Optimized security screening
  • Greaseless Gearbox
Research, Develop & Innovate

Contact Our Team

Let us help you find the right equipment, process, and setup to optimize your products.  Contact the Waterloo Technology Centre via the form.