When you hear about blenders, most of us may think about our blenders at home. In comparison, an industrial blender is a type of machine used for large scale production. Those blenders we use to make shakes and smoothies at home may resemble the industrial blenders in the basic operating principle, but have differences in applications, capacity, and additional processes.
In this post, we will be using “blending” and “mixing” interchangeably, but they are slightly different in technicality. They are both a process of combining materials, but blending is relatively a more gentle process as compared to mixing. Also, blending often refers more to a solid-to-solid combination, with a little amount of liquid. Mixing refers more on liquid-liquid, or liquid-gas combination.
Industrial blenders are large tanks, capable of mixing large batches of products to be manufactured. However, the ongoing process is more than plain mixing. The aim of industrial blenders is to facilitate the reaction between the ingredients. The first process is mixing the ingredients. Then, the mixture undergoes specific controlled conditions such as mixing speed, time, and temperature to obtain the desired product.
Moreover, these products are made from well-proportioned ingredients that are melded together by chemical bonding, or emulsification. This type of blending can only be achieved using an industrial mixing machine. With this intricacies, industrial blenders differ from the blenders that are commonly known.
The major benefit of an industrial blender is the capacity it can handle in producing mixtures. People can be able to formulate the right proportions needed for a certain product and scale the ingredients up to the capacity of the blender. The mixing can be done more efficiently with these specialized machines. Economically, manufacturers can benefit from coming up with a lot of uniform substances using an industrial blender. This is a very vital device in most modern production endeavors.
Blenders are mostly found in scientific settings, such as manufacturing plants for chemical compounds and medications. For example, once the pharmacologists decide the precise reaction to make, say a certain medicine drug, they program industrial blenders so that it facilitates the breakdown and reaction on a larger scale.
Another example would be in the food industries. Blenders are used in adding and stabilizing preservative. For the food products to be transportable and good for consumption, they are mixed with different types of chemical stabilizing agents.
Additionally, these large blenders are widely used in various manufacturing plants and is used in the cosmetic, agricultural, chemical, and automotive industries, to name a few.
The material used for blenders is commonly stainless steel, especially when the blenders are used in the food and beverages for sanitary purposes. However, for other applications, other materials are also used, such as steel, cast iron, or aluminum.
Generally, industrial blenders are composed of mixing blades, impellers, ribbons, or propellers that are motor- driven. The driving components are also varied, depending upon your need. These drivers may come as a single rotor, twin rotor, or a rotor-stator drive. The drive of your blender will depend upon the application, where appropriate specifications are to be met for the product. Aside from end- product consistency, efficiency, and economic considerations are also the deciding factor in choosing.
There are various types of blenders, which specialize depending on the application. Here are some brief explanation for them:
Paddle blenders are horizontal blenders used in moving dry and powdered ingredients in a lateral or radial movement using paddles attached to the shaft.
Ribbon Blenders are composed of two screw-like blades which are concentric on a single shaft, but opposing in orientation: one helix is counter-clockwise, while the other is oriented clockwise. This works in a similar way as paddle blenders that push ingredients while mixing them. However, this provides for more thorough shearing mixing and is more recommendable for wet ingredients.
Vacuum blenders have vertical or horizontal construction. This type utilizes both internal heat and vacuum pressure to blend the mixture. This type is also used as a dryer as it removes moisture during mixing.
Industrial agitators are mostly used in situations when liquids must be shaken together. High shear blenders have been made in such a way that can emulsify liquids and even powders into solids. This type of high shear mixing is vital when it comes to the formulation of lotions and other types of cream substances. Viscosity mixers soften thick materials such as pastes and plastic through rolling and kneading them mechanically.
Blending and mixing have been a foundation in most manufacturing companies. The same goes Ginhong. Mixing and blending machines have been in their groundwork and continue to provide the best by adopting advanced mixing technologies.
At Ginhong, there are a lot of type of industrial mixers that you can choose from depending on the mixing application.
For inquiries on which type of mixer best suits your application, don’t hesitate to leave us a message.