Industrial mixers are often found in drug manufacturers’ laboratories.
Industrial mixers are machines used to mix, blend or combine different elements in commercial environments. They are often found in food factories, chemical and pharmaceutical laboratories, and product manufacturing facilities. Most industrial mixers bear little resemblance to regular household mixers. Industrial models are often very large and often look more like giant boxes or complex machines than anything else. Most industrial mixing tasks are performed in closed containers with limited air supply and controlled temperatures.
Blending technology allows pharmaceuticals to be produced in large volumes.
It is a rare processed food, cosmetic lotion, or pharmaceutical drug that contains only one ingredient. Most consumer products contain proprietary blends of different ingredients and chemicals that are not just blended together, but actually fused together through the scientific process of emulsification or chemical bonding. This special type of mixing is usually achieved with the help of an industrial mixing tool.
Emulsifiers can be added to milk before bottling to prevent separation and extend its shelf life.
The main purpose of industrial mixers is to facilitate some kind of reaction between the ingredients. In most cases, simply combining ingredients is just the first part of the process. Scientists are often able to program industrial mixers to control their speeds, temperatures, and mixing times. Many mixers also offer operators the option to slowly add additional ingredients to the mix at certain intervals.
There are many different types of industrial mixers, many of which are optimized for different reactions and products. Industrial stirrers, for example, are used in situations where liquids need to be stirred together. High shear mixers, on the other hand, are designed to emulsify liquids or powders into solids, often using loaded paddles and different angles of rotation. This type of high-shear mixing is essential for formulating lotions and other cream-like substances. High viscosity mixers soften thick materials such as plastics and pastes by mechanically rolling and kneading them.
Nothing a mixer can do could not be done by a chemist or scientist, and in most circumstances these professionals use their experience and research to manipulate the mixer’s settings. One of the main advantages of the mixer is volume and efficiency. With an industrial mixer, manufacturers can create huge amounts of uniform substances without spending a lot of working capital. In this sense, industrial mixers are essential parts of many modern production ventures.
Mixers are perhaps most common in scientific settings, particularly where mass production of chemical compounds or drugs is required. Once pharmacologists have determined the precise reaction that needs to take place to obtain a particular drug, they can program industrial mixers to facilitate this decomposition and reaction on a much larger scale. Pharmaceuticals simply could not be produced at the volume they are in without some kind of high potency mixing technology.
In food factories, mixers are often used to add and stabilize preservatives. In order for food products to be transportable and suitable for consumption, they are often augmented with various chemical stabilizing agents. These agents must be mixed into the normal composition of foods so that their molecules bind to flavor molecules and other starchy substances.
Almost whenever chemical reactions or bonds need to take place on a large scale, industrial mixers are likely behind the scenes. These mixers not only provide a quick way to ensure the desired end, but also provide manufacturers with the ability to produce a wide variety of uniform products. This reduces the incidence of human error and ensures a steady stream of quality products over time.