When it comes to chemical process equipment, chemical mixers are the core business of many companies in the pharmaceutical, food processing, brewing and cosmetics industries. The proper chemical mixer can improve the efficiency, increase the output, shorten the batch time and reduce the operation cost. Obviously, each directly affects the bottom line of the company in the chemical processing sector, so choosing the right mixer is an important decision.
Although the specific conditions of different chemical process equipment will vary according to their intended use, plant operators should consider some important factors when selecting new mixers regardless of their industry.
Batch production or continuous production: depending on your system design, it is important to decide whether your plant will produce a single batch of products or continuously pump out products. This determines the type of mixer you need.
Batch size: do you want to mix a large number of products at a time, or do you want to mix a few small batches? Not every mixer can provide a complete mass mixing. Understanding the capacity of the material you will handle is the key to choosing a blender that can handle your ability.
Sanitary mixer: in order to prevent cross contamination between batches, easy cleaning is important for most industries. However, in the pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic industries, sanitary mixers are mandatory. The sanitary mixer is designed to be easy to clean, prevent the accumulation of bacteria, and ensure that each batch of mixing is free from any pollution.
Space: while this is obvious to many plant operators, it is often a determining factor in the selection of chemical process equipment. Especially in the case of mixers, plant operators need not only space for equipment, but also space for loading, unloading and cleaning machines. Determining how much space is available can help determine which chemical mixer will be suitable for your facility.
The manufacturer’s guide provides a more detailed glimpse of the exact specifications and mixer capabilities. It will be useful to keep these questions in mind as a starting point, as you try to decide which mixer will work for you.