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Select the mixing technology that can handle the format of your material
Mixing technology is ubiquitous across industries. From food manufacturing to feed and pharmaceutical, mixer machines are crucial equipment in the transformation processes. The overarching types of industrial mixers are designed according to the material format.
There is mixing technology for powders, liquids, gases, and everything in between – solids/liquids, mash, and other solids.
Adapt the attributes of the mixing technology to the ingredients and manufacturing industry
Besides the material form, industrial mixers must be tailored to the industries. For example, pharmaceutical mixing technology is made from hygienic steels.
However, there are multiple mixing techniques used in the same industry. So, the suitable industrial mixer depends on the process step, the characteristics of the ingredients, and the final product. The attributes of mixing machines, like speed, temperature, and time control, contribute to a specific result.
Apply high-pressure homogenizers to process liquids into high-quality pharmaceuticals and nanomaterials
A high-pressure homogenizer is used for mixing and emulsifying liquids. The liquid flows through a narrow orifice, creating turbulence, shear forces, and cavitation by applying pressures over 20,000 psi. This mixing technology is widely used in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals to produce nanomaterials like green-based biomolecules.
Ensure that the liquid ingredients don’t have a high content of solid matter. This could clog the orifices and damage or reduce the machine’s life. Additionally, clean the homogenizer thoroughly after every use to prevent cross-contamination from products.
Combine immiscible materials with emulsifying equipment
A particular class of mixing technology mixes immiscible ingredients such as water and oil by emulsification. Industrial emulsifiers are used across many industries to make products from sauces and creams to lubricants and disinfectants.
Emulsifying devices with high-speed rotors and impellers combine shearing and expanding forces to generate the turbulences needed to mix the liquids and combine them in a emulsion state.
Alternative mixing equipment to achieve emulsification
Although there are special emulsification machines, mixing technology like high-pressure homogenizers, agitators, and high-shear mixers can produce a similar result with immiscible ingredients.
There is a wide range of emulsification equipment available. Machines operate in continuous or batch processes and from lab to industrial scale. The common principle is that they cause mixing by subjecting ingredients to very high speeds.
Blend food ingredients with specialized mixing equipment
Mixing equipment for food varies depending if the ingredients are solids, liquids, or a mix of both. Another important consideration is whether the food mass is wet or dry.
Vertical and horizontal mixers can handle most types of materials. The main difference in the mixing method is that vertical mixers allow ingredients to scatter by gravity. Horizontal mixers, in contrast, drive the parts from one end to the other using ribbons or paddles. Most mixers, however, are engineered for a specific product type. Kneaders, for example, are designed for dough mixing, while blending systems are for mixing dry powders like fruit extracts or spices.
Feed mixing solutions can be used for dry and wet ingredients
Ingredients for feed products are processed dry (powders) or wet (feed mashes). But apart from the consistency and moisture content, mixing technology needs to consider other factors.
The main three parameters are the sensitivity of the ingredients, the process temperature, and the pressure requirements. Mixing technology is designed to handle each of these differently, and the more complex the final product is, the more specific the mixer needs to be.