Most manufacturing and processing industries use one or more mixers in their operations. Mixing machines have many different forms depending on their function, making the mixer market a tough place for buyers who don’t know the different types and their purposes.
Some sorts of industrial mixer are more universally useful than others. Some of the simplest mixers use large paddles to mix ingredients. These are primarily used for mixing liquids which aren’t too thick. The more viscous the liquids, the harder the paddles must work to stir them together.
Ribbon mixers are especially popular in processes involving dry contents. Two metal ribbons rotate in different directions to thoroughly mix things. A faster, more advanced hybrid of a ribbon mixer and a traditional paddle mixer, a fluidizer features a lot of short blades at various angles moving in many directions.
Other kinds of mixer are especially, sometimes exclusively, useful for specific processes. In the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, V blenders offer a more refined way of mixing dry powders. Separate powders are placed in each arm of the V and mixed in the middle.
The cosmetic industry is indebted to high shear mixers, or granulators, with rapid rotors that break apart the particles in a substance to make the final product more viscous, and thus easier to apply.
A planetary mixer is ideal for spherical items, including pharmaceutical pills, plastics, or food products such as dough. It’s called a planetary mixer because the blades rotate in the same way as the earth—vertically, separately from each other but on a common axis.
Submersible mixers are used in large-scale enterprises such as dairy farms, slaughterhouses and meat processing plants, or sewage treatment plants. These machines are submerged in the mixing tanks to suspend solid particles within the liquid sludge.
Having the wrong tool can bring your job to a total stop. Additionally, industrial mixers are an expensive investment. Do your research before purchasing anything, and ask an engineer to ensure you have the correct equipment for your industry.