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Any form of bulk processing machinery intended to mix or blend disparate ingredients into a homogeneous end product is an industrial mixer. All across the world, processing and manufacturing facilities use industrial mixing machines to mix materials like food, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, household goods, plastics, and minerals. Therefore, industrial mixers are an extremely vital component in any industry that manufactures these materials.
It is important to efficiently operate and manage an industrial mixer, but at the same time, the industrial mixer must be one that is suited for the task. Industrial mixers are understandably designed for some specific processes, parameters, and materials, so a guide should be followed to avoid any incompatibility issues.
The following discussion highlights some vital points that should be kept in mind when purchasing an industrial mixer:
When it comes to choosing an industrial mixer based on the nature of the mixed material, there are several different types of industrial mixers to select from based on the application. Given below is the guideline for selecting the required industrial mixer on the concerned criterion:
Type of Industrial Mixer
Designed For Mixing
Viscous semi-solid materials
Horizontal Ribbon Mixer
Food, chemicals, powders
Low & medium viscosity material, i.e. slurry or cement
Immiscible liquids, i.e. oils
Gasses and liquids
The volume of the material holds equal importance in consideration when buying an industrial mixer. The capacity of a mixer is a custom feature that can be set to meet the batch requirement. The batch volume is set to a value, and a mixer with the required capacity to produce that mix can be selected.
As an example, a standard drum mixer can have a capacity of up to 50-100 gallons (190-380 liters). An agitator mixer carries a capacity of 16-264 gallons (60-1000 liters). So, whenever an industrial mixer is to be purchased, one should consider whether batch production is done or continuous production. The volume of each batch should match the capacity of the mixer.
Finding the most suitable mixer design is often considered one of the most vital decisions in the selection process. There are a wide range of industrial mixers available on the market, with each having different working mechanisms, components, and mixing capacities. In addition, materials that can be mixed in the mixer also vary depending on their characteristics or specifications.
Suppose we make a comparison between two prominently utilized mixers, the drum mixer and tote mixer. It comes to attention that both differ from each other in several aspects. One of the distinguishing aspects is the type of material these mixers can mix. Suppose a choice is to be made between these two based on preference. In that case, it is safe to say that the drum mixer can be preferred over the tote mixer because the latter is an economical choice for mixing thin, non-viscous liquids only. In contrast, the drum mixer can be used to mix heavy materials such as concrete, slurries, and cement.
The blade is one of the most important components of an industrial mixer. The characteristics, types, applications, and materials used are crucial considerations when choosing mixing blades. Other crucial factors to take into account include the mixing blade count, bore size, and outer diameter. When determining the blades of the mixer, the following points must be kept in mind:
When choosing an appropriate motor, it is important to properly grasp torque, energy economy, variable speed, blending environment, and mixer weight. Moreover, air motors are often chosen to operate an industrial mixer. However, the following points must be kept in mind while selecting a motor for an industrial mixer:
Industrial mixers in the modern industrial era are often equipped with custom features. Not only do these industrial mixers come with all the basic features, but they include innovative accessories offering a wide range of services.
Needless to say, there are also some important considerations to look for while looking for these accessories in an industrial mixer:
The best considerations for add-ons are subjective because every industrial mixer can have different add-ons. However, it’s generally good to consider if the add-on:
With the use of gears, shaft placement, and gear arrangement, a gear reducer alters the rotational speed. A gear reducer is necessary for more viscous substances. It also converts low torque to high torque in an air/electric motor so the blade can move at the correct speed.
An elevator in an industrial mixer supports industrial mixers on a horizontal surface. They come with an adjustable height and moving speed in order to function smoothly.
Adjustable blades are necessary when a heavy material is being mixed. Moreover, these adjustable blades work well with either dynamic or continuous mixing.
Hinged access in a mixer that produces large batches makes it easy for the mixer to be cleaned, inspected, or emptied.
Tubes or threaded pipes are required in an industrial mixer when an effective sealed environment is needed for transporting and mixing gasses, oils, and liquids.