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The Expert's Corner Blog features curated content from ROSS engineers, managers, and sales reps, updated regularly, to provide customers with in-depth mixing knowledge, advice, and solutions.

Out with the old and in with the bold! ROSS is thrilled to announce the launch of the newly designed mixers.com

Out with the old and in with the bold! ROSS is thrilled to announce the launch of the newly designed mixers.com

When we embarked on designing a new mixers.com, the team at ROSS paid close attention to detail for users to have the best experience possible. The goal was to create a site that was not only captivating but informative with seamless navigation all throughout.

November 2, 2022
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ROSS VersaMix for Molten Metals

ROSS VersaMix for Molten Metals

Large-scale processing of molten metal slurries with melting points above 350°F (180°C). The product is explosive with moisture, and capable of reactions with oxygen, carbon dioxide, and a variety of other elements - including nitrogen - at room temperatures.

October 31, 2022
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ROSS High Shear Mixer with SLIM

ROSS High Shear Mixer with SLIM

ROSS High Shear Mixers with Solids/Liquid Injection Manifold (SLIM) Technology are designed for fast and efficient dispersion of powders into low-viscosity liquids. In this video, we used the Model HSM-100LH-2 with a 2" diameter SLIM rotor, slotted stator and a SLIM hose/wand attachment.

December 9, 2021
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Ask an Expert: Mixers for Producing Capsule Shells

Ask an Expert: Mixers for Producing Capsule Shells

Capsule shell chemistries today must meet a myriad of requirements, including those affected by consumer preferences, the need for compatibility with active pharmaceutical ingredients, a formulation`s dissolution rates and moisture sensitivity, the acceptable oxygen permeability, and the overall product stability.

April 12, 2021
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Pesticide Production in a Ross Ribbon Blender

Pesticide Production in a Ross Ribbon Blender

A manufacturer of pest control products was previously batching a granular pesticide for insect larvae in small quantities using a table-top kitchen mixer. As the product line grew, it became necessary to move the process to a large-scale blender. The company visited the Ross Test & Development Center to see if a Ribbon Blender can produce a uniform blend of the granules, liquid component and powder.

January 4, 2021
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Best Chocolate on the Planet(ary)

Best Chocolate on the Planet(ary)

A major global confectionary company approached ROSS to improve their process of manufacturing a chocolate product. They were using a kitchen-style single planetary mixer that was unable to handle the high viscosity peaks that occur during mixing. The material spikes to over 1 million centipoise and finishes around 20,000 cps.

December 16, 2020
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Ask an Expert: Cannabis-infused Products

Ask an Expert: Cannabis-infused Products

With our "Ask an Expert" blog articles, ROSS answers common questions about mixing equipment, processes, and applications. This week, we focus on the cannabis industry, and look at ROSS` mixing capabilities in this space.

November 24, 2020
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Ask an Expert: Pet Food Processing Equipment

Ask an Expert: Pet Food Processing Equipment

With our "Ask an Expert" blog articles, ROSS answers common questions about mixing equipment, processes, and applications. This week, we focus on the pet food industry, and answer questions relating to processing challenges, equipment, and safety/quality concerns.

November 9, 2020
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Mixers that GEL With Your Application

Mixers that GEL With Your Application

A global cosmetic company approached ROSS with the goal of expanding their gel manufacturing capabilities. Our team at the Ross Test & Development Center conducted a pilot demonstration to evaluate an appropriate batching and mixing procedure on a 100-gallon VersaMix Multi-Shaft Mixer.

July 13, 2020
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Double Planetary Mixer with Vacuum Feature Eliminates Voids in FRP Pipe

Double Planetary Mixer with Vacuum Feature Eliminates Voids in FRP Pipe

A manufacturer of plastic pipe and pipe fittings upgrades to a ROSS double planetary mixer to improve consistency and eliminate voids in their products

June 9, 2020
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Sweet Blends

Sweet Blends

Ribbon Blenders consist of a U-shaped horizontal trough and an agitator made up of inner and outer helical ribbons that are pitched to move material axially and radially. This combination promotes fast and thorough blending even if the batch contains components with different shapes, sizes and densities.

April 6, 2020
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High-temperature drying in a ROSS Ribbon Blender

High-temperature drying in a ROSS Ribbon Blender

A custom 6-cu.ft. ROSS Ribbon Blender/Dryer is helping to advance solar energy research. The pictured vacuum blender features an ASME-stamped hot oil jacket rated for 75 psig and 300 degrees Celsius. A 4" thick insulation with sheathing assists in temperature control.

March 29, 2020
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Simplify your High Viscosity Dispersion Process

Simplify your High Viscosity Dispersion Process

A manufacturer of high-performance epoxy coatings was utilizing a two-step process to effectively mix the base material of a rebuilding compound design for corrosion and abrasion protection.

March 5, 2020
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ROSS VersaMix increases production and product consistency for pharmaceuticals manufacturer

ROSS VersaMix increases production and product consistency for pharmaceuticals manufacturer

The VersaMix has increased production, improved product consistency, and provided plenty of versatility to handle many different products. Variable frequency drives provide independent speed control for each of the three agitators

February 26, 2020
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Three Roll Mills for Dental Composites

Three Roll Mills for Dental Composites

Three Roll Mills were developed over 150 years ago, yet they continue to be one of the best methods of for preparing very fine particle dispersions. This equipment is used in a wide variety of applications including paints, inks, cosmetics, ointments, gels, pastes, and other viscous materials.

February 5, 2020
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Ross Tank-Mounted High Speed Disperser for Polyurethane Coatings

Ross Tank-Mounted High Speed Disperser for Polyurethane Coatings

A specialty manufacturer of polyurethane-based coatings and adhesives sought Ross for a major fast-paced expansion project. They supply to the sports industry where their products are applied to surfaces of tracks, gym floors, courts and playgrounds.

January 5, 2020
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A Better Way to Dry Powders

A Better Way to Dry Powders

A major adhesives company was looking for a better way to dry a pigment formulation used for a particular urethane-based product. They had tried using different types of horizontal blenders to bring the moisture level down to 0.5% or less.

December 18, 2019
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ROSS PowerMix Model PDM-4 and Discharge System

ROSS PowerMix Model PDM-4 and Discharge System

To satisfy the requirements of a manufacturer of electronic materials, Ross designed and manufactured a special PowerMix Model PDM-4 Gallon in conjunction with a Ross Discharge System.

October 24, 2019
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Inline Mixer and Cooler Slash Liquid Soap Production Time by 50%

Inline Mixer and Cooler Slash Liquid Soap Production Time by 50%

Production rates from existing batch mix tanks were not fast enough to meet the needs of the new product line of liquid soaps at a cosmetics manufacturer, a producer of fragrances, cosmetics and toiletries. With the use of a ROSS in-line mixer-emulsifier and plate heat exchanger, batch time has been reduced from two hours to one hour and the product consistency has improved.

October 9, 2019
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High Shear Mixers for Hydrocarbon Slurries

High Shear Mixers for Hydrocarbon Slurries

A major chemical manufacturing company recently ordered three Ross Model HSM-401 Inline High Shear Mixers to reduce the size of particulates in a hydrocarbon slurry.

September 10, 2019
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Engineering Excellence: Compounding & Filling Vessel with Magnetically-Coupled Turbine Agitator

Engineering Excellence: Compounding & Filling Vessel with Magnetically-Coupled Turbine Agitator

Ross Compounding & Filling Vessels with Magnetic Agitators can be designed for any custom size up to 20,000 liters working volume, suitable for Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications.

July 14, 2019
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Ross Inline High Shear Mixers Produce Flocculants for Industrial and Municipal Wastewater Plants

Ross Inline High Shear Mixers Produce Flocculants for Industrial and Municipal Wastewater Plants

Ross Inline High Shear Mixers are used to produce flocculants for wastewater treatment facilities all over the world.

June 24, 2019
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Ross Batch High Shear Mixer with SLIM System for the Manufacture of Zinc-rich Coatings

Ross Batch High Shear Mixer with SLIM System for the Manufacture of Zinc-rich Coatings

A company that manufactures zinc coatings was using a high-speed disperser with a modified sawtooth blade to disperse the fine, dusty zinc powder into a resin based vehicle.

June 5, 2019
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Ross Double Planetary Mixer with HV Blade Design Solves Problems in Mixing Ultra High Viscosity Sealants

Ross Double Planetary Mixer with HV Blade Design Solves Problems in Mixing Ultra High Viscosity Sealants

A major manufacturer of silicone sealants was looking to make a new, highly filled, silicone sealant. The desired product has a viscosity of over 9 million centipoise and is very "sticky". This posed several problems for manufacturing the new sealant with their Double Planetary Mixer with rectangular stirrer blades.

May 15, 2019
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Scrapers Prove Essential for Efficient Heat Transfer

Scrapers Prove Essential for Efficient Heat Transfer

In this technical brief we attempt to quantify the benefits of scraping the vessel walls of a Ross VersaMix. This is an important illustration as many emulsion based cosmetic creams and lotions require precise and responsive temperature control, especially in the cooling cycle, to effect the desired result.

May 1, 2019
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Ross Double Planetary Mixer Makes High Quality Syntactic Foam Plugs for Thermoforming Applications

Ross Double Planetary Mixer Makes High Quality Syntactic Foam Plugs for Thermoforming Applications

One method of Thermoforming utilizes a male plug to assist the vacuum or pressure in forming the plastic part. These plugs have traditionally been machined from blocks of aluminum which can be expensive.

April 16, 2019
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ROSS Inline High Shear Mixer Solves Spray Dryer Clogging Problems

ROSS Inline High Shear Mixer Solves Spray Dryer Clogging Problems

A major chemical company produces a catalyst for use in internal chemical processing. This catalyst includes a mixture of silica and metallic salts and is manufactured in a 2500 gallon reactor. The catalyst solution is 40% solids, has a specific gravity of 1.2 and a viscosity of approximately 100 cps.

April 3, 2019
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Why Invest in Ross Syscon Controls?

Why Invest in Ross Syscon Controls?

Let`s compare the benefits and issues associated with buying a loose Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) to control a Ross mixer vs. an integrated Ross SysCon Control Panel.

March 19, 2019
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Engineering Excellence: ROSS PreMax Batch Ultra-High Shear Mixer

Engineering Excellence: ROSS PreMax Batch Ultra-High Shear Mixer

The PreMax`s high-flow design enables product entry from the top and bottom of the rotor/stator assembly. It generates both upper and lower vortexes which allow for extremely efficient powder additions.

February 27, 2019
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Vacuum Mixing of Colored Thick Pastes

Vacuum Mixing of Colored Thick Pastes

Pest control in beehives is attracting renewed attention from pesticide manufacturers due to some species of mites that have become immune to commonly used pesticides. A new product consisting of vegetable shortening, granulated sugar, honey and an active ingredient is proven through laboratory tests to be effective in suppressing mite populations in beehives. The customer is looking to scale up their production of this successful formulation. In their R&D lab, a 1.5Hp single planetary mixer is being used but the machine is observed to be straining against the toughness of the dough-like mixture.

February 20, 2019
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Engineering Excellence: ROSS Cylindrical Blender/Dryers

Engineering Excellence: ROSS Cylindrical Blender/Dryers

Cylindrical Blenders are designed for extremely efficient and reliable drying. The combination of thorough blending, deep vacuum and a baffled jacket that surrounds the entire cylinder and end plates enables rapid heat transfer.

February 13, 2019
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Ultra-High Shear Preparation of CELLULON PX and AxCel CG-PX Microfibrous Cellulose Blend Solutions

Ultra-High Shear Preparation of CELLULON PX and AxCel CG-PX Microfibrous Cellulose Blend Solutions

Obtaining the optimal functionality of CELLULON PX or AxCel CG-PX microfibrous cellulose requires proper activation techniques. The co-processing agents present in these microfibrous cellulose blends are xanthan gum and cellulose gum, both soluble components that need to be properly dispersed and hydrated in order to completely release the insoluble active ingredient, microfibrous cellulose, into the water phase.

February 7, 2019
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ROSS VersaMix with SLIM Produces Viscous Carboxy-Methylcellulose Gels for the Pharmaceutical Industry

ROSS VersaMix with SLIM Produces Viscous Carboxy-Methylcellulose Gels for the Pharmaceutical Industry

Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) is a cellulose-derived water-soluble polymer, principally used as a water binder, thickening agent, suspending agent and emulsion stabilizer. Applications for CMC are in the manufacture of detergents, soaps, food products, textiles, paper coatings, drilling muds, emulsion based paints, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

February 1, 2019
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