You’ve likely taken some frozen fruit, ice cream, milk and other ingredients and thrown them together in a blender to create a delicious concoction. While this is an everyday example of how blenders are used for personal use, there are actually much bigger and more efficient blenders out there being used for industry. An industrial blender is essentially that, a large, custom blender specially constructed and designed for daily blending use in industry settings. For the most part, they are reliable, easy to perform maintenance on, simple to clean and very safe to operate.
One easy misconception that business owners make when considering industrial blenders is that as long as it mixes items together that it’s good enough. The truth is that there are different kinds of blenders for different purposes and that needs to be considered. For instance, you may find cone blenders, ribbon blenders, rotary blenders and more. Also, depending on the manufacturer you go to for your industrial blender, there may be differing levels of quality in the construction. Finding the right blender for your application and quality levels is important when it comes to reducing costs and increasing efficiency.
What Types of Industrial Blenders are There?
Typically, there are two main types of blenders that are used in industry: the ribbon blender and fluidizer. The ribbon blender is the blender that most industrial users are used to. They are one of the most popular mixing instruments because of their blend of affordability with initial purchasing, production costs and ongoing maintenance. They are also a fairly universal blender in what they can accurately mix. Ribbon blenders can be used to blend clay, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food products, fertilizers, paint and more. Ribbon blenders are also great for the flow pattern that keeps batches of materials at uniform height, and they also are fairly simple to use when it comes to loading and unloading.
Fluidizer blenders are relatively new to the industry, having only been in used for a couple of decades. That being said, they are growing in use because of their efficiency. At first glance, fluidizers look similar to ribbon blenders but when you get up close you’ll see that blades are setup to go in all different directions to create a counterflow that helps in blending. Whereas ribbon blenders use a slower, gentle mixing action, fluidizer blenders have shorter, angled blades that create a much faster blending process.