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Mixed Harmony: Precision Mixers for Instant Food and Beverage Powders

Precision mixer for instant beverage powders and instant foods

| Author / Editor: Matthias Böning / Tobias Hüser

Flavourings for milk shakes or fruit gums can be mixed by the patented Sinconvex mixing tool of Amixon.
Flavourings for milk shakes or fruit gums can be mixed by the patented Sinconvex mixing tool of Amixon. (Picture: Amixon)

Instant food and flavour stimulants are barely conceivable without the use of aromas. For the composition of food and flavourings, the mixing process is quality determining. When it comes to characteristics like homogeneity, flowability and dissolving behaviour of food, the most important challenge for a manufacturer of mixers is to meet the customer´s core requirements.

In view of the rapidly growing world population and the budding middle class in the developing countries, it can be assumed that the market for convenience foods will become larger. Before the goods are packed and dispatched, new aromas in powder form are continuously being created for instant food and drinks in view of the changing taste preferences of the consumers in the most diverse cultural circles and continents.

The mixing process of flavourings in particular is quality determining, because bulk materials are substantially affected by characteristics like homogeneity, natural impression, flowability, texture and freedom from dust, as well as dissolving and sinking behaviour when dissolving in liquids.

Mixers Specialised on Aromas and Food

The Amixon precision mixers prepare and process aromas, food stuff and flavour stimulants. The material is mixed inside the mixing container in the form of a thrust current. The mixing container is an upright cone with a cylinder on the top.

A helical mixing tool, also known as a helical spring, rotates at its centre. The helix has a pitch of around of 20°. The width of the helical spring is dimensioned such that a fifth of the entire contents of the mixing chamber is transported with one revolution of the mixing device. The helical spring gathers the mixing materials at the periphery of the mixing chamber and transports them upwards. Once it reaches the top, the mixture flows downwards in the centre of the container. The mixing effect essentially takes place at the interfaces between the two macro-currents.

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