With most walks of life having become highly dependent of synthetically obtained chemicals, be it the food, beverage, dairy, cosmetic or pharmaceutical industries, the industrial equipment that contribute even partially towards the manufacture of these chemicals has become a popular and sought after commodity, and selling such equipment has become a lucrative business. Today, a huge spectrum of the internet is dedicated to websites that offer good deals on the purchase of one or many components of industrial mixing systems. For an independent party who buys a single unit, the investment is a little steep at first, but the global demand for the product that it will help him generate makes sure there is a quick and steady return on the initial capital invested.
Against the backdrop of this scenario, there are some pieces of equipment that are more versatile and can be used in many more manufacturing processes than others. Some are common to two or more processes. As a result, they are often sold separately and purchased by independent parties who wish to add to one or more of their laboratory setups. Mixing tanks make up a huge segment within this category. The typical tank has a cylindrical shape, with a conical bottom. It is designed to remain steady during very high speed mixing and to accordingly withstand very high values of agitation, breaking down and blending the particles of the ingredients into a homogenous mix or slurry as the case may be.
The tanks can be customized as per the specific requirement. From sizes, materials and finishes, to the configuration (whether flat, dish or cone bottomed), to the degree of agitation that they can be subjected to, there are several options available for the potential buyer. Within the general categories if the shapes are further subdivisions. For instance the cone bottomed tank could be a 15 degree or a 30 degree cone. The material of the tank is usually stainless steel, but the grade of the steel can vary. The option on insulating one or many surfaces also exists, and fiberglass or treated steel is employed for this purpose.
Standard sizes range from a capacity between 200 and 300 gallons. This is a very generic figure though; there have been cases which have needed much smaller as well as much larger tanks, for which special fabrication has been done. The mixing tank can thus actually range in capacity from anything between 10 and 10,000 gallons.