This is no real trick to understanding the requirements for high viscosity mixing systems. Whether the product in need of mixing is a drilling mud sample with large numbers of cuttings or a pigmented plastisol fluid, there are only a few simple talking points to consider before investing in a mixing system.
Understand Your Requirements
The real estate footprint you have available for a mixing system is just one factor that can play a role in system selection. Power requirements and operator training are equally vital considerations. The volumes you anticipate mixing and any time requirements you have for getting those fluids mixed are key factors for any mixing system selection. Also, keep in mind the downtime for upkeep, the availability/lead times for replacement parts and the safety features included in various systems. Understanding as many details about your application’s real-world requirements can be vital to selecting a mixing system.
Pay Attention to Rheology
The physical property known as rheology can have a direct impact on what high viscosity mixing systems you should be considering for your application. At the basest level, rheology is the science behind deformation and flow. The industrial world that uses non-Newtonian fluids as well as plastic flow solids has a special affinity for its rheology measurements. The rheology numbers can have a direct effect on the selection of mixing system components and therefore you must consider this property. The rheological properties of your materials can dictate blade diameter requirements, allowable blade types and necessary motor strengths.
Stay Aware of Industry Definitions
A disperser is different from an agitator. Dispensers perform the dispersion or shearing processes, which is essentially de-lumping powders and soft solids found in liquids. Agitators are most useful for churning or mixing large volumes of mostly liquids. Using an agitator when you really need a disperser can be a costly mistake. Typically, high viscosity fluids require dispersers to achieve a proper shear. However, this is not always the case. Find as much information about your material and application as possible.
Make an Informed Decision
Keeping aware of the kinds of fluids your application requires will allow you to make an informed decision about the high viscosity mixing system you want to employ. We are always available to answer any additional questions you may have. For further information, please contact CB Mills.