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 Blending Equipment for Pet Foods
One critical step in pet food production is the preparation of intermediates wherein powders, ground solids and other dry ingredients are blended together, sometimes along with minor liquid components.
- Recommended Blending Equipment for Cosmetic Powders
Thorough mixing in a well-designed Ribbon Blender is an effective method for preparing face powders, eye shadows, pressed make-up, foundations, blushes, bronzers and other cosmetics supplied in powder form.
- Recommended Blending Equipment for Baking Mixes
Mixes for breads, cakes, cookies, muffins, biscuits, waffles, brownies and other baked goods demand a high level of accuracy.
- Recommended Blending Equipment for Scented Powders
Blending fragrance into powders is a common operation in the manufacture of cosmetics, personal care and home products.
- Recommended Blending Equipment for Seasonings
Thorough mixing in a well-designed Ribbon Blender is an ideal method for preparing seasonings, spices and herbs with batch-to-batch consistency.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Powdered Detergents
In the bulk production of powdered detergents, sodium carbonate, zeolite and other builders are blended with surfactants, chelants, dispersants, stabilizers, bleaching agents, optical brighteners, processing aids, enzymes, and other additives.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Trail Mixes
Trail mixes are snacks made from combining nuts, dried fruit, seeds, chocolate, pretzels, granola and other ingredients. Because the different components vary in shape, size and density, achieving a thorough blend is the main challenge in producing trail mixes.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Feeds & Fertilizers
Animal feeds and fertilizers require blending of different granules, prills or powders and sometimes spraying of a liquid component such as a vitamin slurry, oil, active ingredient solution or other minor additive.
- Recommended Mixing Equipment for Sweeteners
Proper blender selection is a key consideration in the production of high-quality sugar substitutes, especially as the practice of blending two or more sweeteners has become more popular.
- 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 Nutraceuticals
Nutraceuticals are supplied in many forms including tablets, capsules, drink mixes and powders
- Guard against product migration in your Ribbon Blender.
This bulletin presents some tips for efficiently containing powders in a Ribbon Blender to ensure operator safety, prevent cross-contamination and promote easier clean-up.
- Scale-up of Ribbon Blenders
This bulletin presents some basic guidelines for proper scale-up of Ribbon Blender processes.
- Tips for liquid addition in a ribbon blender
Mixing wet and dry ingredients in a ribbon blender requires an efficient and consistent method of raw material addition. This method depends on several factors including the properties of each liquid and solid component, how they interact, as well as the amount of fluid that needs to be added. This bulletin presents some useful techniques that may apply to your particular process..
- What to look for in a sanitary
Subtle differences in ribbon blender design and construction can significantly impact mixing performance and reliability. Especially in sanitary applications, certain blender features must not be overlooked in the specification process.
- Ribbon blender do’s and don’ts
This bulletin presents some ribbon blending tips to ensure long service life and produce consistent high quality blends.
- Specifying ribbon blenders
This bulletin discusses some best practices and considerations for selecting and specifying batch ribbon blenders.
- Conserve raw materials in a scalable R&D mixer.
Scalable mixing equipment allow R&D scientists to conserve expensive ingredients while following a repeatable, consistent agitation method that can be easily replicated in pilot or production scale. This bulletin presents some R&D mixers and their smallest recommended batch volumes.
- Blending abrasive solids
Solid blends containing abrasive particles may be processed in a ribbon blender, vertical cone screw blender or tumble blender. The advantages and disadvantages of these blender designs are discussed in this bulletin, as well as some strategies for combating abrasive wear.
- Reduce contamination risks in
your ribbon blender operation.
This bulletin discusses ribbon blender features that can reduce cross-contamination risks between batches and improve cleanability. Among the available options is the design for a completely removable agitator which enables high speed product changeover.
- Ribbon blenders are ideal for coating and mixing processes.
Solid-solid mixing sometimes involves powders that need to be uniformly coated with smaller particles of a different component. The ingredient that is coated onto the bulk material is typically a very small percentage of the batch, thus requiring thorough and uniform blending. Ribbon blenders are proven to be highly effective for these coating and mixing operations.
- Direct drive ribbon blenders offer better operating efficiency and performance compared to belt-driven designs.
Traditional belt-driven ribbon blenders are prone to slippage and suffer from subsequent losses in efficiency and production. Direct drive ribbon blenders equipped with gearmotors are more reliable, delivering better performance and requiring less maintenance. Because gearmotors are designed to work well with inverters, users benefit from electronic speed control, soft-start capabilities and overload protection.
- Electronic variable speed promotes processing flexibility in ribbon blenders – from soft start to discharge.
Variable frequency drives enable ‘soft start’ of ribbon blenders, an essential feature that protects the system against a spike in start-up torque. The ability to moderate energy input during the blending cycle to accommodate a variety of ingredients and recipes is another key benefit of variable speed. Finally, ribbon blenders equipped with variable frequency drives also deliver greater flexibility and speed in the discharge process.