Morning till night, the typical day of the average modern citizen of the globalized world is heavily dependent on a lot more than the originally staple trio of food, clothing and shelter. We may or may not realize it, but the quantity of chemicals consumed by this modern global citizen amounts to several tons in the course of a year. Practically every walk of life involves the partial or full use of chemicals. Even the food that we eat today goes through chemical processes that allow it to be safe for consumption and attain the desired consistency for attractive and utilitarian packaging. When the same product is appreciated and opted for by masses across the spectrum of the global population, it only goes to say that there is something about them that appeals to the basic nature of the consumerist human species.
You may be wondering why this article is proclaiming itself to be pertaining to mixing equipment. The reason for this is that only by talking about ourselves as the market for the thousands of tonnes of chemicals produced every year, can we comprehend the gravity of the bond we have with this otherwise random sounding topic. In other words, all the products that we use as ornamental additions to our basic needs, whether gels, toothpaste, shampoos, creams, lotions, medical ointments, vaccines, shoe polish, powders, and even food products such as butter or margarine, are chemicals that require a very specific manufacturing process. This is because the ingredients in these products are mutually insoluble and thus the only way in which they can exist together as a homogeneous mix is by being blended together at very high speeds such that the particles of the ingredients are broken down into extremely fine ones, and the end product is formed as a composite of the ingredient particles in a suspended or dispersed state.
Mixing equipment thus makes the top spot in the list of most sought after laboratory machinery. Since the requirements for the homogenization process are very specific, the equipment has to be designed such that it caters to each one of them. From the material, to the shapes of the containers, to the capacity of raw material they can process, to the insulation needed on the surface, to the electrical controls and presets required, a great deal of effort and technological prowess is invested in the creation of these industrial giants.