for Powder & Particle Processing


Process technology for R&D

The picoline series has been developed by Hosokawa Alpine for size reduction, classifying or mixing ultra-small batches of powders or suspensions of <1 g to a few grams. It is a modular concept, consisting of a platform with eight separate function modules and accessories.

The picoline equipment meets the highest technical standards and leading technology that Hosokawa is known for. The picoline equipment is derived from existing Hosokawa technologies, so that a process developed with a picoline machine can be scaled up without any problems.

Picoline devices are designed for ease of use, maintenance and cleanability. They are used in research institutes and in R&D departments of companies; wherever mini quantities of powder must be processed. The picoline offers the most wet and dry process options for ultra-small-scale production on the market.

Table-top design

The basis of the picoline is a platform consisting of a housing in an ergonomic table-top design laid out to accommodate the picoline function modules. The compact dimensions permit installation inside a laboratory fume hood. The platform surface is made of brushed stainless steel that is perfect for quick and easy cleaning. Not only is the standardised controller for all picoline function modules housed in a space-saving way but, dependent on the individual platform variant, also all electric and mechanical components necessary for operation of the respective function module. The media is supplied via an adapter, meaning that no tubes are necessary. The adapter is laid out for connection of all function modules. The advantage is that other modules can be added as and when desired.

The system is controlled by means of a touch panel with integrated microprocessor housed in the platform. Once the user selects the respective function module, the stored control logic is automatically activated. Operating data, settings, system flowcharts and trend curves can be visualised on different display levels.

Every platform has a LAN interface for printer, remote control and for the connection to LIMS systems. The export of csv data files to USB memory sticks is also possible.

  • Key features
    • Modular concept for fine milling, classifying or mixing powders or suspensions
    • Comprises three components which are combined with each other: the platform, the function modules and the accessories
    • Various function modules
    • Was developed to process the smallest quantities of a few grams of product
  • Models
    • Dimensions (without function module and accessories): L 893 mm x W 616 mm x H 488 mm
    • Weight dependent on equipment: approx. 80 kg
    • Touch panel
    • Microprocessor, CAN bus, I/O ports, power pack
    • Mains switch, connection cable, 3 USB connections, 2 connectors
    • Pivoted media supply adapter to permit attachment of the respective machine to the platform (tiltable for picoliq and picobond)
  • Ancillaries

    Dependent on the operating mode (continuous, batch) and the batch size, there are numerous peripheral units optionally available such as mixers, metering units, injector assemblies, product collectors, external fans or sealing liquid units which are laid out to suit your application.


To learn more about the picoline series for laboratory and R&D work, contact Hosokawa Alpine: