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Flashblend Powder/Liquid Mixing Systems

Flashblend Powder/Liquid Mixing Systems

Dispersing powders into liquids and creating a consistent homogeneous product, time after time, is one of the most difficult of all mixing applications. To satisfy this need Silverson has developed the Flashblend, a high shear system for rapid incorporation of a wide range of powders, including problematic gums and thickeners. The Flashblend is designed to incorporate powders on a continuous and semi-continuous basis at rates of up to 30,000 lbs/hour. The system can handle a wide range of viscosities, from low viscosity products through to viscous gels.

Advantages

  • Suitable for large scale production
  • Agglomerate-free product
  • Repeatability
  • Speed
  • Minimum aeration
  • Improve vessel hygiene
  • Viscous liquids can be incorporated into the bulk liquid via the hopper. Liquid additives can also be pumped directly into the venturi.

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How It Works

The Silverson Flashblend is designed to rapidly wet out and disperse a wide range of powders into liquids. The system is based on proven technology combined with new techniques which stem from specific research into powders which are difficult to hydrate. The result is a mixer which can produce agglomerate-free homogeneous dispersion at higher production rates and concentrations than previously achievable.

Flashblend Powder/Liquid Mixing Systems
Stage 1

The process liquid is pumped at high velocity into the venturi chamber and passes into the In-Line mixer. The combination of the pump, venturi and the pumping action of the In-Line mixer creates a vacuum in the venturi chamber.

Flashblend Powder/Liquid Mixing Systems
Stage 2

When powder is present in the hopper, the powder feed valve can be opened. The vacuum rapidly draws the powder down into the venturi chamber where it passes with the liquid stream at high velocity into the rotor/stator assembly of the In-Line mixer.

Flashblend Powder/Liquid Mixing Systems
Stage 3

The liquid/powder mix is then subjected to intense mechanical and hydraulic shear which ensures that it is completely dispersed and agglomerate-free. The resultant product is then passed back to the process vessel by the pumping action of the machine.


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Flashblend – Powder/Liquid mixing system

Workheads

A comprehensive range of workheads and screens is available for all Silverson high shear mixers. These easily interchangeable workheads offer great versatility by allowing any machine to be adapted to perform a wide range of mixing operations including emulsifying, homogenizing, disintegrating, dissolving, dispersing, blending, particle size reduction and de-agglomerating. Changing from one head or screen to another is quick and simple.

Technical Information

Capacity
Powder incorporation rates up to 30,000 lbs/hr.
Materials of Construction
All product contact parts are constructed in 316 stainless steel.
Motor Specifications
The standard range of motors includes TEFC and washdown duty. Stainless steel motors are available on request.
Connections
Tri-clamp fittings as standard.
Cleaning
The Flashblend is designed to be cleaned-in-place (CIP) with sterilize-in-place (SIP) as an optional extra.
Electrical
Integral stainless steel control panel.
Sealing
Single mechanical shaft seals as standard. Double mechanical shaft seals and specialized arrangements are optional extras.

Flashblend Powder/Liquid Mixing Systems
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Total Power HP
 
Typical Powder
Flow Rate (lbs/min)
Standard Hopper
Volume (cu ft)
FLB 20 57 25 ½ 41 8 ½ 30 0.35
FLB 30 49 ½ 39 ½ 52 ½ 17 ½ 50-100 3.5
FLB 45 71 40 ½ 73 30 125-250 10.5
FLB 60 79 40 ½ 75 50 300-550 10.5

Powder flowrates are dependent on product characteristics. The dimensions shown are approximate and certified drawings should be used for installation purposes. All dimensions are in inches. Silverson reserves the right to change dimensions and specifications without notice.

Mixer Options

Flashblend Flashblend - US
Flashblend

The Flashblend is generally configured as a semi-automatic system with a clean-in-place (CIP) mode, allowing the unit to be used for continuous operation and repeated batch production without stoppages for manual cleaning or inspection.

Four models available with powder absorption rates of up to 500 lbs a minute.

Advanced Systems - US
Advanced Systems

The Flashblend can be custom designed and built to incorporate a number of advanced features, including integration with conveyors, bulk containers, feed systems and dust extraction units.

Silverson can also supply ultra-sanitary models for aseptic processing and Clean Room operation.

Powder Feed Hose - US
Powder Feed Hose

The Flashblend’s hopper can be replaced with a flexible hose for incorporating powders directly from their original containers

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