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How To Choose The Right Industrial Mixer For Every Application

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When searching the surprisingly vast range of options in industrial mixers, few companies ever find themselves underwhelmed. In fact, quite the opposite is true. With such an expansive variety of models to choose from, selecting the right one for any application can be daunting, to say the least. Following are several tips to make these efforts infinitely easier.

Start By Defining Your Needs

Multiple factors must be considered whenever attempting to choose a unit for any specific application. Among these are the viscosity of the liquids that you’ll be mixing, the necessary capacity of the container, your requirements for torque and horsepower, the diameter and rotational speed of the propeller, and the nature of the required mixing cycle. You’ll also have to decide which type of blending machines for your facilities.

Look For A Mixer That Can Stand Up To The Demands Of The Liquids You’ll Be Using.

Liquids are typically classified according to their behaviors, especially when subjected to changes in temperature. For instance, lotions, latex, gels, and paints are categorized as pseudoplastic liquids that decrease viscosity when mixed at increasing speeds. However, newtonian liquids such as water, mineral oil, and hydrocarbon will maintain the same viscosity at every mixing speed. Dilatant liquids will become thicker and more challenging to mix at increased mixing speeds due to relative temperatures and viscosity. Slurries, clay, and candy compounds are several examples of rotational force of a motor that’s usually measured in ounces or pounds. Your needs for torque will be determined by the solutions you’re mixing and the expected changes in their viscosity. Horsepower determines how efficient a mixer’s motor is about revolutions per minute (RPMs) and torque. It’s important to note that even minute changes in RPM or the industrial mixer‘s impeller can significantly increase the amount of power needed for effective mixing.

Consider The Conditions Of Your Lab

Laboratory conditions will often determine the best power supply for these units. In certain instances, air-driven models are required due to safety concerns about electricity use within these environments. In facilities in which other electric equipment exists, standard electric mixers will likely suffice.

Geneva A. Crawford
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