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High-shear mixers that can be quickly and cost-effectively customized to meet unique processing challenges. Mixing processes vary from each application but having a flexible bowl configuration offers greater efficiency and permits working volumes from 30 – 90% of full capacity. Here are a few key functions to look for in all mixers: auto-cleaning and liftable tool systems for easy clean-up and inspections, saving much time in cleaning while reducing set-up time, but most importantly reducing downtime between batches. Having a hydraulic drive system permits torque down to ¼ RPM providing plenty of break-out torque at slow speeds for additional mixing after inspection and continuous discharging to wet milling systems. Another tip is to check to see where the impeller and chopper are located, the best performance is if the impeller is bottom-driven and a side mounted chopper, having a consistent impeller tip speed for all models ensures scale-up. Lastly look for an elliptical or dome shaped lid to permit the product to perform a complete roll over, ensuring a homogeneous mix. Mixers come with a variety of options and features that can include vacuum loading, vacuum drying, nitrogen inerting system, and bowl water jackets just to name a few, each companies needs vary depending on the end results needed.

Fluid Air, a division of Spraying Systems Co., Aurora, IL 60502. www.fluidairinc.com or call 630-665-5001

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