Blending and mixing things on an industrial scale seems to the layman just a larger version of consumer blending, but nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, industrial blenders consist of a diverse group of machinery that cater to different needs and often produce varying results. While some blenders are suited to a wide variety of inputs, many could be quickly outperformed by an industrial blender more suited to your products niche needs of specifications.
Typically, these are less expensive than the other types of industrial blenders discussed here, so cone blenders are often snapped up by new production teams wanting to save initial capital. However, their cost per pound of finished product is usually higher than more elaborate and efficient modern blenders.
One of the most commonly found industrial blenders, ribbon blenders, have a wide range of capabilities. Utilizing long, spiraled ribbons instead of blades, they can retain an even level in the tank while mixing, reducing the inclusion of air if you desire.
Rotary blenders have more niche features depending on your product and they are often custom-built to individual’s needs and specifications. Rotary blenders may be the right call if your product demands a specific outcome, as many do.
The quick, shorter blades of a fluidizer blender blow older designs like the cone blender or ribbon blender out of the water. Initially costing a little bit more due to advanced design and buildout, more materials and metal used to create it, and the difficulty in finding a domestic supplier, fluidizer blenders have not gained traction in American manufacturing the way they have overseas. But these beasts can churn out more finished product at a much quicker rate than outdated models, giving their operators a clear advantage over the competition. Fluidizer blenders can also manage delicate mixing tasks that traditionally were given to a paddle blender, producing quicker results.