Industrial mixers are used to put various types of substances into motion in order to achieve a homogenous composition, as well as to maximize the physical and chemical processes in liquids, gases and solids dissolution. Electric motors or shafts are used to create power to force sediment to this state. These mixers serve wide-ranging applications in the: chemical, pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic, paint, plastic, agriculture, construction and other industries.
Because of advanced technological advancements and the need to get jobs done faster, twin-shaft batch mixers are becoming more popular in the industrial sector. These mixers create high turbulence to a mixture and they can produce almost 100 percent homogeneity in approximately half a minute. Portable mixers are also becoming popular as they are convenient and enable you to do your mixing right on the work site.
There are two major kinds of portable industrial mixers, the direct drive and gear drive models. Direct drive mixers are usually used for small volume jobs with low viscosity. Gear drive mixers are generally used for higher viscosity materials and higher volume jobs. Both types of drivers are often mounted on aluminum housings. However, a direct drive has a ball bearing and a gear drive has a ball bearing and a set of gears.
Industrial mixers can be differentiated based on the flow they produce in terms of: axial, radial, hi-shear, low-shear, etc. They deliver a variety of functions like: agitating, dispersing, emulsifying, kneading, granulating, and power blending, etc.
- Agitators are used to mix a product within a vessel.
- Impellers rotate radial-wise to re-circulate mixing patterns.
- Static mixers consist of fins, obstructions and channels placed in pipes to promote mixing as the fluid flows within the mixer.
- Magnetic drive mixers are ideal for continuous stirred and batch reactors, where contamination-free and leakage-free mixing is critical.
- Turbine mixers serve multiple mixing requirements at reduced speeds.
- Extruder feed mixers incorporate an integral extruder screw to mix and extrude.
- A kneader enhances the mixing through a kneading action.
Some of the factors that need to be considered while purchasing industrial mixers are: the industrial application, the material, the type of mixing and quantity needed.