Alfa Laval’s Hybrid Mixers Prevent Lumping in Food Production
New technology increases productivity, enhances product quality and reduces energy costs
Alfa Laval, leading global provider of specialized products and engineering solutions, has developed a versatile new system for high-speed dispersion of even the most challenging powdered ingredients. The Alfa Laval Hybrid Powder Mixer used in combination with the Alfa Laval Rotary Jet Mixer maximizes uptime while reducing initial investment, operating and maintenance costs (Image 1).
Powders are ingredients common to the modern food industry. Difficult-to-disperse powders often pose a significant challenge to food manufacturers due to the formation of lumps or “fish-eyes” during processing. Together, the Alfa Laval Hybrid Powder Mixer and Alfa Laval Rotary Jet Mixer offer an innovative way to deal with powder dispersion issues. Food manufacturers can now take advantage of optimal mixing efficiency and low cost of ownership. By combining the two components into a single, highly effective system, Alfa Laval enables instant and uniform dispersion of even the most challenging powdered ingredients using a single motor.
Unlike conventional powder mixers, the Alfa Laval Hybrid Powder Mixer creates high dynamic shear in three steps using a single motor shaft (Image 2). This requires less energy than a conventional 2-motors powder mixer, to ensure complete dissolution of the powder. The Alfa Laval Hybrid Powder Mixer features a uniquely designed two-stage pump, one high shear stage and one pump stage fitted with a motor with a frequency converter. The pump enables an output pressure of up to 4 bar without requiring an additional pump. It also drives the circulation loop to the mixing tank (Image 3).
Installed inside the mixing tank on the circulation loop, the Alfa Laval Rotary Jet Mixer, a rotating four-nozzle device is powered by the product flow and pressure from the Hybrid Powder Mixer. The Alfa Laval Rotary Jet Mixer (Image 4) can disperse the most challenging powdered ingredients and ensure product homogeneity without having to add an agitator. It is a highly effective tank cleaning machine for the mixing tank and it saves time, reduces energy consumption and boosts production capacity.
Alfa Laval is a leading global provider of specialized products and engineering solutions based on its key technologies of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling.
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