Discover the Three Top–Trends in Mixing Technology

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Trend 2: Fast Batch Changes

The trend towards ever more specific products remains unbroken, whether it is in specialty chemicals, food production or cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Emde for example offers extraction equipment for smaller single-shaft screw mixers with a mixing volume of up to 630 liters. This is targeted particularly at the plastics industry, where frequent color changes are common, but the system is also suitable for food production.

Amixon has also developed a single and multiple shaft cone mixer with very fast emptying. The background: The production of processed foodstuffs occasionally calls for smaller than usual mixers, which can be operated in very short mixing cycles. This requires not only faster loading and mixing processes, but also a very quick and complete emptying.

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To meet these demands, Amixon has developed a single and multiple shaft cone mixer with very fast emptying. The mixer offers an emptying performance of up to 0.001 percent and better. Rotationally symmetrical locking elements are lowered a few centimeters and allow for complete emptying within a few seconds. Thus, a 500-liter mixer can supply a filler with a volume flow of 11 cubic meters per hour.

Dinnissen Process Technology on the other hand presented the advanced Pandora End of Line Mixing as a fast, cost-saving mixing concept for the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries. This concept is also attractive for situations with frequent formula changes. It is suitable for mixing up to ten (micro) components and has a capacity of 50 kg to 100 tons per hour.

The concept consists of a series of precise, gravimetric dosing units and the Pegasus mixer. The dosing units exactly measure the feed of components into the mixer. They can process micro-components (0.01–2% per batch weight) as well as very high percentages (30–220% per batch weight). The short response time of the gravimetric dosing unit shortens the start-up and run-down times in the production process, thereby minimizing the resulting product loss. Attention was also paid to make cleaning quick and easy to reduce downtimes in the production process.