Mobile Batch mixer keeps production moving
Manufacturer attributes success to reliability and versatility
Silverson medium-range High Shear Batch mixers offer unrivaled efficiency, flexibility and reliability - day after day, year after year. For more than 15 years, a specialty coatings manufacturer in Kansas has had a Silverson mixer in constant service. During this time the company estimates they’ve produced well in excess of a million U.S. gallons of product - which is no small feat for an entrepreneurial company in a niche market. Batch sizes vary, usually around 50 gallons but sometimes up to 200, with a typical process time of between 30 to 45 minutes for the mixing stage of their production process. “Clearly, there hasn’t been a lot of downtime in all those years and the mixer has given ‘exceptional service,’” explains Matt Smith, Silverson sales director. “Our customer developed their entire product range using this particular mixer, and it’s become central to their manufacturing operation - the versatility and reliability of their Silverson Batch mixer has been key to their success.”
The versatility of the Silverson Batch mixer is such that a single machine can carry out a wide range of duties - blending, emulsifying, disintegrating, dissolving and homogenizing - through the use of easily interchangeable workheads and screens, available for each mixer. This flexibility is further enhanced by the use of a mobile hydraulic floor stand (local safety regulations permitting) for mixers in the small to medium range - models up to 25 hp. This allows the mixer to be easily moved from vessel to vessel and raised and lowered during operation to optimize performance - for example to create a vortex for wetting out powders with a tendency to float or ‘raft’ or, conversely, to minimize aeration. Robust, simple construction ensures Silverson Batch mixers are easy to operate, easy to maintain and easy to clean.
The Batch mixer has certainly been part of a winning formula in Kansas, where the manufacturer has just recently placed an order for another identical mixer from Silverson. “It’s a pleasure doing business with professionals who make our job easier,” says their president, adding the decision to purchase was easily justifiable based on the performance and reliability of their existing Silverson mixer.