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Optimized Mixing

By Joy LePree |

Improved equipment and controls, as well as continuous mixing, improve efficiency Optimization is imperative for today’s chemical processors who strive to remain competitive by providing higher quality products at lower costs in a more timely fashion. And mixing operations are ripe for optimization, as one of the greatest obstacles to achieving efficient mixing is the often significant time it takes to reach the required homogeneity. Because extended mixing time decreases energy and process efficiency, equipment providers are improving performance via more thorough testing, mixer designs that combine steps and the addition of improved control and monitoring technologies. Meanwhile, some chemical processors are making the leap from batch to continuous mixing operations, where possible, to further optimize these processes. “Poor agitation in process or blending tanks is one of the major problems in industry,” says Hans-Joachim Jacob, process and application engineer with Ystral GmbH (Ballrechten-Dottingen, Germany; www.ystral.com). “It expands process time, blocks the equipment and the operators for long amounts of time, limits the batch size and reduces the possible quality,” he says. “When looking into a process tank…
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