- Reliable ribbon blenders help to spice up batch processing
Whether for a secret family recipe, a BBQ competition or a meat processor, St. Louis-based McCarthy Spice and Blends Company processes batches from 5 to 2,500 lbs. with its mixers and ribbon blenders.
- Reduce Labor Costs in Your Mixing Operation: Five essential considerations for optimization
When done efficiently, mixing normally constitutes only a minor percentage of the total manufacturing cost. Inefficient mixing, on the other hand, can be an expensive operation that can hurt the bottom line. Poor mixing can cause lost value due to low yield, product contamination, corrections, reworks, prolonged cycle times and intensive cleanup. On the balance sheets, these negative consequences of poor mixing translate to increased use of raw materials and energy but perhaps more significantly, they lead to higher labor costs. In reviewing your current or future mixing process, here are five essential points to consider.
- Mixing Strategies for High-Solids Applications
When solids are dispersed or dissolved into liquid, the relative amounts of each phase are necessarily key factors in mixer selection. In reality, viscosity is an even more important parameter. For the purpose of our discussion in this article, let’s define percent solids as the ratio of solid mass present in a formulation, with “solids” pertaining to the non-volatile materials or the inorganic components of the mixture.
- Mix Small, Think Big: Practical Tips for Mixing Scale-Up
Successful scale-up of specialty industrial mixing equipment relies less on straightforward formulas and more on empirical data and experience.
- Simplify Your Mixing Operation
A well-developed mixing strategy is essential to production efficiency. Ideally, mixing equipment and procedures are evaluated periodically, as production needs change or when new formulations come through the pipeline. However, mixing is often overlooked in terms of upgrades, at least until it becomes a source of drastic losses whether because of low yield, recurring contamination, inconsistent product quality or excessive labor hours.
- Mixing Dilatant Materials
Heavy-duty, high-torque double planetary mixers operated under comparatively low speeds are ideal for processing shear-thickening products.
Appreciate the Art of High Viscosity Mixing
MANY PROCESSING operations require mixing of highviscosity materials. Unfortunately, there’re no “cookbook” answers for reliably matching an application to an appropriate mixer. You can’t simply go to a chart, select an application or a viscosity and find the appropriate mixer design. High viscosity mixing is an art, not a science. Mixer specification isn’t straightforward and predictable; many variables affect the specification process.
Novel Approach to Offshore Manufacturing Pays Off
Coating manufacturer succeeds by thinking differently about project
Mixers: Four Innovations Worth a Closer Look
Many factors can impact the success of mixing in chemical process operations. The design breakthroughs profiled here address some of the most commonly encountered issues. (as seen in Chemical Engineering)
Is it Time to Upgrade Your Mixer
Manufacturers of high-quality process equipment will claim that their machines are engineered to run troublefree for decades—and this statement is not always an exaggeration. Normal wear and tear is expected, but with regular maintenance and parts replacement, it is reasonable to assume that certain equipment will hum along smoothly under optimal and constant conditions.
How to Select a Ribbon Blender
When it comes to powders and bulk solids, there are very few that a ribbon blender can’t blend. This versatile and highly scalable mixing device – available from half a cu ft to over 1000 cu ft – is used extensively across many industries for blending dry powders, granules, pellets, flakes, and other solid forms. From spice blends, drink mixes, and multivitamins to cosmetic powders, polymer blends, chemical additives, fertilizers, and ceramic powders, just to name a few, the range of products that can be batched in a ribbon blender is wide and varied.
Going All In
One company’s choice to bring manufacturing in house...and the equipment-buying decisions involved
- Specialty Equipment and Techniques for Dispersing Ceramic Powders
The dispersion of ceramic powders into some form of fluid vehicle is a near-universal procedure in the manufacture of ceramics and composites. Through this operation, different ceramic systems are blended together, brought to intimate contact with additives, and transformed into a material that can easily be shaped into complex geometries or applied as a coating. The dispersion step is critical because any inconsistencies or agglomerates usually cannot be corrected in downstream processing and directly affect finished product quality.
- A Closer Look at Planetary Mixers
Double planetary mixers are standard workhorses that continue to evolve with the changing needs of the adhesives and sealants industry.
- Mission Impossible? Not at all.
Today’s mixing systems empower process engineers to solve immediate mixing challenges while also addressing the needs of the overall business.
- Shear Business for Biodiesel
As demand for renewable fuels increase, inline high shear and static mixers get the nod.
- Advanced Planetary Mixer Options
The rapid development of technical ceramics and ceramic-based composites is pushing manufacturers to seek new and improved methods of production.
- For Bactolac Pharmaceutical, planning ahead for fast growth means strategic equipment
Since the day contract manufacturer Bactolac Pharmaceutical opened for business in 1996, the company has run on a fast track. Double-digit annual growth has propelled Bactolac from three employees to more than 400.
- New directions in high speed solid-liquid mixing
Instead of adding powders from the top of an agitated batch, why not introduce them sub-surface?
- All About High Speed Dispersers
The classic High Speed Disperser is a common mixing tool used throughout the process industries. This white paper discusses different designs, features, custom configurations and sample applications to serve as a helpful guide in equipment selection.
- Ribbon blender improves
consistency in foodservice products
Heinz innovation team finds novel use for a familiar mixing technology.
- The Unexpected Rewards of Testing a Mixer
For custom mixers and blenders, verification is only one benefit. Testing can open the door to further improvement
- Mixing Fine Emulsions
By their very nature, emulsions are thermodynamically unstable and the two phases eventually separate. An emulsion that is considered to be “stable” will not change its aspect for an acceptable amount of time. Storage stability period can range from a matter of months or years, depending on the product end use. In the cosmetics
- What's new in high shear mixers
.New advances in rotor/stator mixing technologies can help improve your manufacturing process, optimize operating costs, and boost production
Design Options - Laboratory Multi Shaft Mixers
- The Art of High Viscosity Mixing
The process industry’s move from low- to high-viscosity formulations is hardly a new trend and several mixer designs have more or less become the staple equipment for applications greater than 50,000 cps. Yet, many manufacturers still stand to gain a better perspective of how to best accomplish high-viscosity mixing. For purposes of discussion, let us define 50,000 cps and above as “high viscosity.”
High Shear Mixer brings a taste of Greece to the table
Keeping oil & vinegar together provides for consistent, on-specification batches .
- A Closer Look at Multi Shaft Mixers
Multi-shaft mixers comprise two or more independently driven agitators working in tandem. A low-speed anchor complements one or two high-shear devices.
Vacuum Mixing Techniques
By convention, any closed system with internal pressure significantly lower than atmospheric pressure is considered a vacuum. And though its true concept is unattainable, vacuum serves as an indispensable tool to modern processes and technologies.
- Removable Agitator Ribbon Blender
Chemtura Corp. manufactures preblended polymer additives that are widely used in the plastics industry in PVCs, polyolefins, and rubber compounds. These additives prevent plastic degradation caused by high heat or UV radiation exposure, protecting such end products as plastics bags, floor coverings, vinyl siding, automobile dashboards, and disposable diapers.
Disperse Difficult Solids
Recent advances in mixing technolgy offer increased efficiency in dispersing powdered additives into liquids for both low and high viscosity applications.
The Right Mix for Blended Cheese
High-powered mixer boosts production of gourmet Tortas five-fold; cuts processing time in half.
- How well do you know your Ribbon Blender?
The batch ribbon blender’s functionality and affordability all contribute to its widespread use within the world of baking and snack foods. It is commonly used for dry blends such as bread, cake and muffin mixes, flavorings, spices and trail mixes as well as for wet applications such as extruded cereals and snack foods.
- Eagle Beverage Products Scales Production to Launch Private Label Brands
According to conventional brand strategy, the main reason to launch a private label brand is to offer a product that is less costly than a national brand but delivers comparable quality, sell it at a lower price, and take more profit to the bank. This company is different!
- Mixing Nanomaterials - Ceramic Industry Feature Article November 2010
Lessons in Feedstock Change
Various mixing technologies are available for theefficient processing of products containing nanoceramics and other nanomaterials.
- Lessons in Feedstock Change
Many renewable materials offer environmental and financial benefits, but some come with a mixing challenge — higher viscosity
- High Speed Powder Injection
Nalco Stays Cool Against the Heat of Biofouling. The stainless steel wand is equipped with a stand-off that prevents suction against the sides of the bulk container and helps to break up clumps of solid material. High-Speed Protection Against Biofouling Starts with High-Speed Powder Injection
- By switching blenders, a Florida supplement maker found the right balance for fast growth.
The beverage we know today as a fruit juice smoothie has come a long way since its humble start in the 1960s. In those days, smoothies were typically sold as a healthful snack alongside fresh carrot juice in neighborhood health food stores. Recipes varied, but with the limited selection of fruit and supplements available then, they were all more or less the same.
Fine Mixing, Faster Processing
Processing of pigments can be optimized by choosing an efficient pre-mixer and tracking particle size even before the milling stage.
Choosing the Right Blender for manufacturing Natural Foods
Based on the notion that natural foods are essential for a healthy and happy lifestyle, beekeeper-turned-CEO Richard Turanski soon incorporated GloryBee Foods and began manufacturing and distributing a large number of honey-related products. Seeking even more product diversity, in 1983, he added the Aunt Patty’s line of non-honey-related sweeteners, natural oils, herbs, and spices.
Mixing System speeds up flavor emulsion manufacturing
TFF uses a variety of gums to produce its flavor emulsions.The gums are broken down and dispersed in a water-based solution, which enables them to encapsulate the flavor droplets and stabilize emulsion.
Getting into the Thick of Things
Mixer specification should always begin by matching an agitator design to a desired mixing function and result, such as particle/droplet size reduction, dispersion or emulsification.
Specifying a Control System
The process control system must balance your need for accuracy, consistency, flexibility and reliability against your need to control costs. This is why the control is now much more than the interface between the operator and the machine; it’s a direct interface between your process system and your bottom line.
Four Ways to Optimize your Blenders efficiency
The batch ribbon blender’s versatility for mixing solids — and for combining mixing with heating,cooling, coating, and other processes — makes it a real workhorse in bulk solids processing applications.
The Art of Mixing using High Speed Dispersers
The High-Speed Disperser (HSD) is the basic tool used by all paint, ink, chemical, plastic and adhesive manufacturers. Although a very simple device, the HSD is often misused or misapplied.
- Triple Shaft Mixer incorporates High Shear Mixer
Many filtration and purification technologies are available today, but virtually all of them suffer from a familiar set of disadvantages. Most require energy and mechanical parts to force liquid through a filter — and energy is often in short supply during a crisis.
- Rotor Stator Mixing Scale Up
The high-shear rotor/stator mixer (HSM), once relegated to a relatively narrow niche of mixing applications, has become a mainstay in many applications in the chemical process industries (CPI).
- High Speed Powder Induction
Every process engineer who has worked with powders such as fumed silica, CMC, guar, xanthan, carageenan, alginates and other thickeners has come face to face with one of the toughest challenges in mixing.Many of the powders that are most often used in the process industries are hard to wet out and mix
- Selecting the Right Blade for your Viscous Mixing Needs
The key to solving tough blending problems and meeting ambitious goals for throughput and product quality is often unconventional thinking.
- High Speed Mixing Considerations
New Design in Mixing/Dispersion Equipment Allows More Efficient Development and Scale-Up.
- Understanding Surfactants and New Methods of Dispersing
Surfactants act as foaming agents, emulsifiers, and dispersants, suspending gases, immiscible liquids, or solids, respectively, in water or some other liquid.
- Maximizing Comax's Sweetness
At Comax, the company’s close attention to strategic equipment selection is especially clear in the blenders and mixers it uses. At each stage in the company’s growth, it acquired equipment that served distinct production goals as well as higher-level business goals.
- Five Common Mixing Mistakes to Avoid or Resolve
Lost value due to poor mixing is worth billions of dollars annually across the process industries. This includes wasted income due to low yield, corrections and reworks, prolonged cycle times, unrevealed full functionality of mixture components, product contamination and even worker safety issues.
- New high-speed mixing technology is helping one leading manufacturer meet soaring demand for joint health products
“We are seeing a mass shift in public interest,” says Carl Sell, president and CEO of Botanical Laboratories. “Dietary supplements like glucosamine are taking off among mainstream Americans, and the impact in sales will be exponential.”
- The double planetary mixer, now for ultra-high viscosity materials.
As international markets open and competition intensifies in all of the process industries, plant and process engineers must take special care to avoid making critical business decisions based on experience and presumptions that are no longer relevant.
- FROM BASKET TO GASKET (Adhesives and Sealants Industry).
We have supplied double planetary mixers to China’s largest dry cell battery producer,VersaMix multi-shaft vacuum mixers to large Chinese cosmetics manufacturers, and planetary dispersers to some of the largest multinational electronic thick film paste producers in China.
- Hot sauce maker says no sweat to mixing challenge
High Shear Rotor-Stator mixer provides the intense shear to puree solid ingredients quickly
- More Efficient Pigment Dispersions - The New ROSS PreMax
High shear mixing enhance the premix stage before media milling...saving time and dollars.
- Why & How to Buy Reconditioned Equipment.
Limitations in capital spending, especially in the present environment, do not necessarily have to result in a development freeze. From a processing point of view, companies have a number of creative options available for ensuring that methods and product quality are continually being made better.
- Steer For the Fast Track
Even for those operating in already lucrative markets,assessing the details of an operation and overall production methods can reveal more cost-effective methods that translate to clear market gains. A contract manufacturer of natural and organic soaps considered its development and production capabilities to realize improved gains.