Industrial Mixers and Industrial Dryers
The terms ‘mixing’ and ‘blending’ are often used interchangeably, but
technically they are slightly different. Blending is the homogenous
distribution of differing materials and is usually a relatively gentle
process. It is the process of solid-solid mixing or the mixing of bulk
solids with small quantities of liquid. Mixing is usually a more
aggressive process involving the combining of material through the
beating or stirring of the contents within a static vessel.
Agglomeration is the creation of granules from powders through the
addition of liquids. Drying is the removal of moisture from wet
materials through evaporation by heat. Some mixers can operate as
agglomerators or dryers too.
Blending, mostly, takes place in Double Cone and Vee blenders that gently tumble their contents over and over. Rotating Drum blenders, fountain blenders and low speed ribbon and paddle mixers are used for blending too.
Mixing is achieved by way of high speed rotating ribbon blades, ploughshare blades or orbiting vertical screws. ‘No-dead pocket’ valves with contoured outlets are essential when the entire contents within a static mixing must be fully mixed. Otherwise, some unmixed material will discharge from the mixer each time it is unloaded. Blenders that tumble do not suffer this characteristic as the mixture is all funnelled to the outlet. Ribbon mixers, paddle mixers and blenders can be made to mix gently so that they do not damage delicate products. Ploughshare mixers, on the other hand, are ideal for mixtures that need to be beaten together or where colourings or other coating need to be smeared over the entire surface of other materials. Both mixers and blenders can accommodate the addition of liquids to form pastes or slurries and both can be jacketed for heating or cooling their contents.
Mixing in static vessels can either be batch or continuous, whereas tumbling blenders are purely batch machines. Mixers and blenders can have heated jackets or have warmed, dried air passing through them so that they become dryers or reactor vessels. Additionally, the drying of moist filter cake and other materials can also take place in specialist dryers that do not resemble mixers or blenders at all.
It is the aim of all mixer manufacturers to achieve a homogenous mix in the shortest possible time and then to discharge it without any segregation during the process. Such aims have resulted in a multiplicity of variations on traditional mixer and blender types plus a host of inventive, proprietary mixer and blender designs.
Besides machines that are dedicated to mixing, there are storage silos that mix materials: these are called Live Bins or Fountain Blenders. They use screws, spirals and air to continuously recirculate material during storage.
Agglomerators are devices that fluidise powders so that they can be wetted and combined to form larger particles or granules. The controls associated with the powder flow, fluidisation and liquid injection offer the options of varying particle size, shape and density according to requirements
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Shapa is running a new Introduction to Bulk Handling Workshop to be
held at Nestle in york on the 4th December 2018. This workshop is
specifically designed to take some of the mystique out of solids and
bulk handling...The course which
is aimed at those who have just
joined the bulk handling community and those who already work in the
bulk handling industry in sales, marketing, accounts and operations etc.
who feel that they need a deeper understanding of how
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SHAPA announces the award catagories for 2019
The catagories for the 2019 Solids Handling Industry Awards have been
Finalised, these are, Innovation, Export, Newcomer and Company of the
Year. The presentation of the awards will be on the 30th April 2019. A
venue will be announced shortly
It used to be that all you
needed to store your materials was a large area where your product could
be piled high on top of its self out in the open air. As time has moved
forward the need for more sophisticated storage solutions are required
in order to safely store the ever-increasing range of bulk solid
materials with their differing properties .....
SHAPA July General Meeting
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Since time immemorial progress has been driven by innovation and
invention and the desire to continually improve and better ones self.
The desire to learn, improve and push at boundaries is an integral part
of our nature. Whilst innovation in solids handling and processing
seldom hits the headlines, it nonetheless drives the machinery of
progress across an enormous range of industries.....
2018 has been an excellent year for the Solids Handling industry with
many successes in all areas of Solids Handling, these successes have
produced a strong shortlist for each of the award categories. this year
the sortlisted entrys are
10th Anniversary Digital Marketing Workshop
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Health of the Nation
The need for solid health and safety systems procedures and practices
is more important than ever as we move out of the European and customs
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Many companies are founded on the back of an innovative idea by forward
thinking people skilled in design, engineering, project management,
marketing or other discipline. Whilst still small, the skills required
to operate all aspects may possibly be gained by the founder. In former,
less complicated times this may have been true as the firm expanded, but
the pace of change of technology, standards and legislation as well as
in marketing and particularly in financial accounting necessitates
constant learning and improvement. The huge range of applications and
processes served by our industry just adds to this challenge.....
Reaching the end of a very busy Christmas term, we have lots to look
back on, such as assisting backstage with the school play and Christmas
concert, as well as designing and manufacturing the F1 in Schools
SHAPA January Meeting
The next General meeting will be held on the 24th January at the George Hotel in
Lichfield starting at 10:00
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Applications are invited for the 2018 Solids
Handling Industry awards
Shapa has launched the 2018 Solids Handling Industry awards, these awards are
now open to all UK registered member and non member companies and
institutions operating in the Solids Handling and Processing Industry.
Application forms will be available direct from the website from
01/12/2017 and winners will
be announced and presented at the awards ceremony in the evening of 17th
April 2018 more information is available in the
2018 Solids Handling Industry Awards
Details of the award catagories and award launch date have been
announced, for further information follow the
Solids Dortmund 2018
Details have been released regarding the international Solids
Handling show to be held in Dortmund on the 7th and 8th November 2018,
for more information please follow the
**Abstracts deadline extended to 22-12-17 ** for more information
Financial Awarness Training
This course has been especially designed for Shapa
members and will include content specifically related to our industry
Who should attend ?
Anyone involved in driving
their business forward e.g Managing Directors, Directors/Managers &
Account Managers etc , whatever their level of financial knowledge. The
workshop is designed to enable everyone to take away practical tips and
strategic insight suitable to their skills and experience, whether you
are a beginner, intermediate or advanced. So join us for and inspiring
and enjoyable day out.
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