Mixers are used across a large variety of industries and with the “Green” boom sweeping the globe, energy consumption concerns are on the fore-front of everyone’s mind. Mixers are designed to efficiently batch several different types of materials, but what many people don’t realize is that the material being mixed in conjunction with the type of mixer used deeply impacts the energy consumption and efficiency of the mixer. Large corporations who use mixers daily often have a processing engineer on staff. The processing engineer ensures that the products being mixed are homogenized consistently for the least amount of time and by consuming the lowest amount of energy. This allows them to stay eco-friendly as well as cut production costs without compromising product quality.
Energy Consumption Factors
Several factors contribute to the energy consumption of industrial mixers. . First and foremost, the behavior of the substances being mixed in their raw states and how they react to other ingredients in the mixture can affect the unique levels of shear to be used on the mix. If the shear is inappropriately proportioned, it can strain the mixer and cause more energy usage.
Also humidity and temperature can play a role in energy mixing consumption due to how the substances thicken or thin due to temperature adjustments. Many substances and products can be temperature sensitive. An increase in temperature for the mixing process can cause thickening which requires more energy usage by the mixer.
Lastly, many mixers have designated properties for specific mixing applications. Should the wrong mixer be used in a batching project, it can result in inconsistent product as well as high energy usage as the mixer attempts to get through the project it was not designed for.
Mixing Methods to Save Energy
Mixing methods to conserve energy often come down to decisions of the processing engineer but certain mixers can work on high shear while performing quick and energy effective blending. One method of saving energy is to use the appropriate mixers on your mixing substances to receive the desired consistency and color. Another method to save energy in the mixing process is to convert to continuous mixing. Continuous mixing can save in energy consumption as well as provide easier drum/tank cleaning, more control and versatility of blending options.
Negate Energy Consumption Concerns
While more and more mixing companies are becoming concerned about being eco-friendly, the energy concerns of mixers can be negated through proper use of mixers and an in depth knowledge of the substances being blended. Choosing the correct mixer can help a company stay eco-friendly as well as cut production costs without compromising product quality.