New mixing and blending equipment offers efficiency, consistency
Mixer helps give products desired texture
The Admix DynaShear can be used for single pass continuous mix after powder induction, or for recirculating through a batch reactor, helping processors achieve optimal results. The all-stainless sanitary inline high-shear mixer offers shortened batch times, with total blend times as low as 3 to 5 minutes; complete dispersion of powders, gums and stabilizers; elimination of fisheyes in a single pass; and reduction in maintenance and downtime.
Mix and homogenize in one operation
The Batch Formula Pro3 high-shear batch mixer from GEA North America is a versatile mixing system that features a patented dynamic stator system, making it possible to mix and homogenize in one unit operation, going from low shear to high shear with a single point. Powder is brought in below the liquid surface in the mixing vessel, achieving an instant wetting of the ingredients and resulting in very short mixing times with a high degree of process flexibility.
Horizontal drum mixer is energy efficient
The Gentle Touch Mixer from Jaygo Inc. imparts no frictional heat, provides excellent homogeneity, short mixing times of 2 to 5 minutes, quick and easy cleaning, self-emptying and no segregation at discharge. It has no interior moving parts or dead-zones, and is suitable for batch sizes of 10% to 100% working capacity. Differing particle sizes are easily blended together without the risk of separation. Batch sizes from 10 to 25,000 liters are available in standard construction.
Blender offers highly uniform blending and mixing
Model 107B from TD Sawvel is an inline, stainless steel heavy-duty blender featuring an 8-blade mix paddle for highly uniform blending and mixing. This model is typically used in ice cream or yogurt applications where solid fruit or nut bits need to be uniformly blended into a stream of base product. Other applications include creating a pattern inline with two or more products of different colors. This model is available in 2-, 2.5-, 3- and 4-inch sizes.
Batch mixer cooks, cools and super-blends food products
The Chester-Jensen 70N cooker-cooler is a batch mixing processor designed to cook, cool and super blend food products. This unit utilizes a dual agitation configuration, along with a fully insulated heat exchange jacket on the entire cone bottom, to process the most uniform finished product possible. Sizes are available up to 1,000 gallons. Typical products handled include cheese sauce, pudding, pastry, pie fillings, soup and more.
Process plant for batch and inline recirculation operations
The IKA Magic Plant from IKA-Works is a modular laboratory-scale process plant designed for batch, inline high-shear mixing and powder-blending operations for working volumes up to 2 liters. Materials with varying viscosities may be accommodated, ranging from water-like to paste-like material. The 2-liter jacketed vessel accommodates product temperature control and applications that require full vacuum and pressure. The unit’s flexible design makes it the optimal solution for laboratory scale product and process development.
Product goes through mechanical and hydraulic shear in one pass
The X-Series from Charles Ross & Son is a CIP-ready ultra-high shear mixer for inline emulsification, particle size reduction and homogenization. It features a patented, precisely machined rotor/stator that runs at speeds of more than 11,000 feet per minute and forces product through concentric rows of intermeshing teeth. With the high fluid velocity and close tolerances between interlocking channels in the rotor/stator, product goes through intense mechanical and hydraulic shear in a single pass.
Performs various steps in one in-line continuous process
M.G. Newell Corp.’s Boston Shearmill offers high intensity wet milling, homogenizing and particle reduction all in one in-line continuous process. The Boston Shearmill has three sets of shear heads to mix, disperse, emulsify and reduce particle sizes down to 0.5 microns. The low-maintenance design is intended for 24/7 operation, is easy to clean and meets 3-A TPV standards. Break down fisheyes in a single pass and deagglomerate a fluid stream to reduce filter cleaning and wasted raw materials.
Hybrid powder mixer creates high dynamic shear
The Alfa Laval hybrid powder mixer combines the latest pump and powder-dissolving technologies. The hygienic mixer draws powder into the unit while simultaneously mixing and pumping final liquid end-product via a single electric drive. It ensures optimal dissolution by providing a constant suction and flow, while pre-blending the powder and the liquid before the mixture enters the high-shear stage. As a result, solids easily dissolve into liquids without clumping at a much higher rate than conventional powder mixers.
Disperson of dry solids into atomized liquid
Semi-Bulk Systems create higher efficiency, cost savings and batch-to-batch consistency for the emulsions of oil/water constituents. Its patented Vacucam ejector mixer provides a complete dispersion of dry solids into atomized liquid, which exits as a stable emulsion consistently from batch-to-batch. Operators can use the process to make emulsions only, or combine oils, liquids and dry powdered solids to produce homogenous finished slurries quickly and efficiently.
Used to distribute dry or liquid coatings or additives
Tumbling drums from Machine & Process Design can be designed for continuous or batch processing where gentle mixing is required. The tumbling drums are frequently used to distribute dry or liquid coatings and additives. The units have been used in rotary scalping, clump breaking and polishing capacities, and they can be made in all stainless steel, stainless product contact, or carbon steel construction to suit any application. Their sanitary construction meets food or dairy requirements.
Ribbon blender works for powders, pastes or slurries
Munson Machinery’s model HD-3.5-7-S316 ribbon blender blends up to 65 cubic feet of product and meets USDA dairy standards. Constructed of stainless steel, it is intended for the blending of powdered milk, cheese, whey, yeast, curd and other dairy products. The blender’s 2:1 length-to-diameter ratio is said to distribute ingredients uniformly during loading, blending and discharge. It forces a split double-helical agitator through stationary material, producing homogeneous blends in 5 to 6 minutes. There is minimal discharge, material waste and cleaning time.
Tank for heating and cooling of solid-liquid mixes
MixturAll is Boccard’s mobile agitated tank designed for heating and cooling of solid-liquid mixes. This versatile tool for incorporating dairy or baby food powder formulas is adaptable to all types of mixing, including for emulsion or for a liquid-liquid or solid-liquid dispersion process. The ingredients suction system allows faster incorporation and accelerates the hydration kinetics of the powders, and the agitation system can offer food processors efficiency and power.
Applications range from pasteurization to homogenization
The APV Cavitator from SPX Flow offers benefits for heating liquids without scale build-up and can be used for a multitude of sanitary applications. Powerful shockwaves created by bubbles collapsing in a controlled cavitation field creates a very efficient, microscopic mixing effect that provides high mass transfer rates as well as improving hydration and emulsion stability. In dairy and food emulsions, particle sizes of three or four microns can be achieved, making it ideal for difficult pre-emulsions prior to high-pressure homogenization and fast dissolving of dairy powder ingredients/gums.
Powder mixer processes batches as small as 15 gallons
Fristam’s powder mixer is now available in a smaller-batch system. Model 01-10 allows processors to go from R&D to full-scale production, up to 350 gpm, with the same system. The mixers provide quick, high-performance blending of wet and dry ingredients into a fluid stream by integrating an FZX Series liquid ring pump and an FS Series shear blender into a single easy-to-use system. All of the company’s mixers produce consistent batches, devour lumps, clumps and fisheyes, and shorten process times up to 95%.
Powder mixer provides optimal mixing consistency
Ampco Applied Products’ PM powder mixer saves time and money by providing optimal mixing consistency and reduced processing time for wet and dry ingredients. The mixer utilizes the company’s SBH shear blender set inline so there is no limit to batch sizes. Available options include air- or electric-operated hopper vibrator, hopper screen, ball valve and VFD control units. It is available in five standard models that can be customized for specific applications, and with motor sizes from 15 HP to 60 HP.
Liquifiers mix and blend ingredients to liquid mass
Liquifiers from Koss Industrial enable increased product consistency. The liquifier blade provides aggressive mixing/blending action and both mobile or stationary custom sanitary units are available. Options include a standalone, with a built-in pump for recirculation, or as a fully skidded system with incorporated platform, controls and more. The company’s liquifiers are constructed of stainless steel and round or rectangular tank designs are available.
Horizontal processing tank that helps achieve cleaner labels
The VARO HPT (Horizontal Processing Tank) by DCI Inc. is an innovative solution that helps achieve “cleaner labels.” Its unique agitator coil design increases the heat transfer surface by 80%, making cooking faster and more uniform and retaining more of the product’s natural colors and flavors. The system was designed by VARO in Denmark and is manufactured by DCI in the United States, and is designed to ASME standards.