Mixing Technology Insights
Mixing Technology Insights offer a brief look into Ross' products, process expertise and market strengths. The reports delve into how the equipment can be used to improve your process and to add to your bottom line. Ross strives to provide its customers with up to date information covering new technology in the industrial mixing and blending industry.
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- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Guar Gum
Guar gum is a free-flowing, off-white powder utilized as a rheology modifier across many industries including food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, paper, textile, mining and oil drilling. Different grades of guar gum lend varying thickening potencies, hydration rates, stability, thixotropy and other flow properties.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Lubricant Pastes
Different types of lubricants are formulated according to their intended application, environment and performance. Solid lubricants, thickeners and/or additives are added to a base oil in order to achieve the desired rheology, stability, wear resistance and other characteristics.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Magnesium Hydroxide Slurries
Technical-grade magnesium hydroxide slurries are relatively low viscosity aqueous suspensions used in wastewater treatment, flue gas desulfurization, heavy metal precipitation, paper bleaching and other industrial neutralization processes.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Alginates
Various grades of alginates pose a mixing challenge due to their tendency to agglomerate. Slow and careful addition into liquid helps to minimize lumping but can become impractical in large-scale production and cause serious process bottlenecks.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Metal Powders
Elemental metal or alloy powders are mixed with additives such as graphite and dry lubricant to reduce friction. Evenly distributed lubricant particles make the compacted part easier to eject and less prone to cracks.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Silicone Elastomers
Silicone elastomers are highly versatile materials used in making various end products, from automotive gaskets and power cables to sanitary tubings and medical implants. Also commonly called silicone rubber, this type of elastomer consists of crosslinked silicone polymers typically filled with additives to achieve desired physical and chemical properties.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for High Viscosity Coatings
Depending on their method of application and intended use, certain coatings are produced as high viscosity fluids. Controlling rheology is one way of achieving desired coating performance in terms of sag and spatter resistance, flow leveling, gloss, film formation and other attributes.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Dry Blending of Polymers and Additivies
Polymer additives such as lubricants, UV and heat stabilizers, colorants, preservatives, flame retardants and impact modifiers are commonly supplied as dry powders or pellets which are blended with virgin plastic feedstock prior to compounding.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Specialty Concrete
Specialty concrete has become a popular material for countertops, sinks, vanities, floors and walls. A highly versatile product, it offers end users many choices in terms of texture, effect, color, shape and strength.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Flavor Emulsions
Several mixing technologies are used for different stages of emulsion processing: combining two immiscible bulk liquids; wetting out solid additives; and reducing droplet size in a pre-mixed emulsion. Mixer selection is based on a number of factors but primarily viscosity profile and shear input.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Specialty Inks
Specialty inks have become a staple in modern packaging, lending added appeal, security and functionality to products in ways that traditional inks could not achieve.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Concentrated Titanium Dioxide Dispersions
Mixing titanium dioxide powders into liquid, especially in large quantities, requires sufficient shear in order to achieve optimal functionality.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Cosmetic Emulsions
The most commonly used carrier systems of cosmetic ingredients, emulsions impart the desired consistency and texture to lotions, creams, make-up, hair conditioners and other products.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Ground Rubber Powders
Mixing ground rubber into a viscous liquid, such as an asphalt emulsion, can sometimes pose a processing challenge if the powders require sufficient shear for complete wet-out but also tend to clump when over-sheared.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Urethane Sealants
Urethane sealants are applied in a wide variety of substrates. Different chemistries give rise to specific cure rates, bond strength, flexibility, hardness, chemical and heat resistance, vibration and sound absorption, consistency and other properties that affect sealing performance.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Pressure Sensitive Adhesives
Formulated from rubber, acrylic or silicone polymers, pressure-sensitive adhesives are produced in several different ways depending on their chemistry, end-use and application.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for CMC Dispersions
Purified sodium carboxymethyl-cellulose (CMC), also commonly known as cellulose gum, is an additive used in a broad range of applications throughout the food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, paper, textile and other industries
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Sauces & Dressings
Many types of food mixing equipment overlap in use and function such that certain applications – like dips, sauces and dressings – can be produced in more than one mixing system.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Medical Adhesives
The growing demand for prescription and over-the-counter transdermal products encompasses a wide range of uses and conditions, from motion sickness and smoking cessation, to hormone replacements and pain management.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Coffee Production
Most coffees consumed today are blends of different coffee varieties. Blending allows coffee producers to achieve consistent flavor, aroma, body, aftertaste and other qualities of their specific brand.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Encapsulation Materials
The majority of encapsulation materials utilized in electronic packages are highly-filled epoxy and hardener resin systems.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Clay Dispersions
When suspended in liquid, certain clays provide bonding, plasticizing, thickening or suspending properties.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Dental Composites
A typical mixing procedure starts with blending two or more monomers often of significantly different viscosities. Various particle size fillers are then added to the liquid binder and mixed under vacuum until a homogenous paste is obtained.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Pharmaceutical Gels
A majority of pharmaceutical gels are shear-thinning semi-solids prepared by dispersing hydrophilic polymers into an aqueous vehicle.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Carbon Black Dispersions
Used in paints, inks, coatings, adhesives, sealants, plastics, electronics and specialty products, carbon black dispersions are typically prepared using high shear mixing or milling equipment to effectively break down agglomerates.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Fumed & Precipitated Silica
High surface energy silicas require adequate shear for optimal dispersion into liquid. Improper powder wet-out and insufficient mixing lead to decreased efficiency (i.e. higher loadings of silica needed to achieve the desired properties)
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Xanthan Gum Dispersions
Dispersions of xanthan gum powders are challenging to make, particularly on a large scale, because many grades of this gum tend to form tough lumps upon contact with water
- Multi-purpose laboratory mixers
Multi-Shaft Mixers are highly efficient and versatile equipment ideal for developing formulations of wide ranging viscosities and characteristics.
- Expand your mixer’s capabilities with the right auxiliary equipment.
A well-equipped mixing system is crucial for streamlined and cost-effective processing especially when dealing with expensive raw materials, sensitive ingredients or very demanding formulations.
- 5 ways to reduce labor costs in your mixing operation
Labor costs account for a significant portion of mixing costs. This bulletin presents five basic tips for optimizing labor costs and improving productivity in the mixing operation.