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The definitions of blend and blender

March 24, 2013


If you blend substances together or if they blend, you mix them together so that they become one substance.

Blend has very similar meaning of mix. Sometimes blend and mix can be replaceable. But blend is more popular to be used in food industry when referring to kitchen appliances.

The above mentioned substances include solid, liquid, semi-solid and gas and you can blend any of these substances whether they’re naturally soluble or insoluble.

Blend is the most general term as mix and includes different methods for different blending processes including stir/agitate, disperse and homogenize/homogenise.

Blending operation has two basic types as mechanical blending and gas-flow blending. Mechanic blending is much more popular and widely used in every industry.

Low shear blending generally refers to the blending by slow speed anchor stirrer, scraper and impeller etc. High shear blending generally includes high speed dispersing and rotor/stator homogenizing.


A blender is blending machinery used for blending two or more substances. It has long history and is widely used in chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food, mining, paper, coating, metallurgy and water treatment industries.

Blenders are used as reactors in many circumstances. But most blenders are not used for chemical reactions. They’re used for blending ingredients, heat transfer, mass transfer, making emulsions and suspensions etc.

Blenders are divided by vacuum blender and atmospheric blender. Vacuum blenders have more advantages than atmospheric blenders and are more popular in fine chemicals industries.

A blender generally includes two parts: blending device and blending container. Blending device includes agitator, stirrer, disperser and homogenizer etc. Blending container includes vacuum tank, atmospheric tank, single-jacketed vessel, double-jacketed vessel and single-layer vessel etc.

Most kitchen appliances use blender to combine other words and we also use blender in horizontal ribbon blender.

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