The SPECTester provides the user with three main tools:
- Segregation intensity number
- Uniformity number
- Excel-ready data base describing the segregation behavior of both the mixture and
the individual components as they travel through a process
The segregation intensity number for each individual component indicates how much that ingredient is contributing to the overall segregation occurring within the material mixture. Use the segregation intensity number to determine which component and/or components, in the mixture is/are problematic. This number is between 0 and 1. A segregation intensity number larger than about 0.25 means that specific ingredient is contributing significantly to the segregation issue.
The uniformity number is the inverse of the segregation intensity number. This number is also between 0 and 1. The uniformity number represents the overall uniformity in concentration of each unique component within the mixture. A larger uniformity number indicates that the ingredient appears through the mixture relatively uniformly. A smaller uniformity number indicates that the ingredient turns up in the mixture pile to a non-uniform degree.
The Excel-ready data base (.csv format) can be used to create graphs, tables and charts that describe the segregation behavior (or lack therefore) of the material mixture and the individual ingredients in reports and presentations.