It’s time to stretch your concepts. In 1884, Willis Johnson patented the rotary egg beater. The instrument allows the concept of whisking to be transferred into gears. The gears, or blades, work in opposite directions. Therefore, the once slow rotation of a whisk becomes faster. And this results in a quicker blend.
At some point, an engineer probably decided this concept would work for industrial blenders. And, this may have been how the concept of the rotary drum blender was conceived.
These types of mixers have not been a mainstay in the United States. We have been home to the more common ribbon and paddle blenders. However, they are frequently used in Europe and have started to make their way west. The reason? There are many advantages for an increased Return on Investment (ROI). Both for the business owner and consumer.
A major advantage is in their construction. These mixers have no moving parts inside of them. As a result, product isn’t broken or sheered by the mixing blades of similar models. Therefore, product degradation while in operation is virtually eliminated.
Rotary drum blenders come in a variety of sizes. Yet, they take up less space on the plant floor. Many organizations place these blenders against a corner wall. Having it in this area doesn’t matter. The product can be added and retrieved from the same opening.
Thanks to the lack of internal machinery, the horsepower utilized in the rotary blender is smaller. This helps minimize energy costs. Yet, despite this lack of HP, rotary blenders mix liquids and solids rapidly and efficiently.
Cost is also a plus. Yes, the initial investment is more than one would pay for a rotary or paddle blender. However, the operations costs are lower once in use. If constantly used over a course of years, the ROI will offset the initial investment.
Overall, rotary drum blenders could be your future. Because they are versatile and efficient, more of these blenders and fewer ribbon mixers can result in a large ROI. If you want to learn more, speak to an organization like AIM Blending Technologies. They will explain the benefits of a rotary blender and where it can be placed. They will also work on a price which fits your budget.