FOOD BLENDING CASE STUDIES

  • Progressing Cavity Pump Solves Long-Term Dairy Product Pumping Problem
    Progressing Cavity Pump Solves Long-Term Dairy Product Pumping Problem

    For a major, Wisconsin-based dairy products company, a progressing cavity pump handled the difficult task of transferring sweetened condensed milk out of flash coolers — solving a 25-year-old pumping problem. The NEMO pump provided by NETZSCH features a flexible rod design that eliminates the need for lubrication and protection against mechanical damage or corrosion. Since its installation, the pump has significantly reduced pump downtime, resulting in time, labor, and money savings.

  • Traditional Medicinals Find The Answer To Move Blended Product Gently
    Traditional Medicinals Find The Answer To Move Blended Product Gently

    With over 34 years in the herbal supplement arena, Traditional Medicinals has combined the ancient art of traditional formulating with the most modern scientific methods of quality assurance and production, and remains dedicated to preserving earth’s natural resources, both human and natural.

  • Edward B. Beharry & Co. Ltd. Utilizes Unique Mixer And Mills To Spice Things Up

    With over 30 years of continued success with Kemutec Powder Technologies fine grinding and sifting equipment, the Edward B. Beharry & Co. Ltd. returned to Kemutec to refit their Georgetown, Guyana plant. Seeking ISO accreditation for their spice manufacturing process, they needed to automate and modernize their existing plant equipment while maintaining their high quality finished products. By Kemutec Powder Technologies

  • Blender Loading System Upgrade Meets New Production Requirements

    Desired increases in production rates and some changes in products forced a major food processor and packager in the Northeast to consider upgrading some of its material handling and processing operations. By VAC-U-MAX

  • Innovative Vacuum Blender Doubles as a Highly Efficient Extraction Unit
    Innovative Vacuum Blender Doubles as a Highly Efficient Extraction Unit

    Oleoresin extraction, the starting point for many varieties of flavor development, is a long, labor-intensive and costly process...

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FOOD BLENDING WHITE PAPERS & ARTICLES

  • 12 Do’s And Don’ts When Scaling-Up Food Production
    12 Do’s And Don’ts When Scaling-Up Food Production

    Now is a time of great opportunity for food entrepreneurs. Consumers are demanding more choices, and e-commerce is connecting buyers and sellers worldwide. Food startups can grow in new ways and more rapidly than was previously possible, but when success maxes out production capacity, the entrepreneur faces a new challenge—how to scale to keep up with demand.

  • Ten Things You Should Know When Considering A Tumble Blender
    Ten Things You Should Know When Considering A Tumble Blender

    Whether you're considering a tumble blender for your process or shopping for a suitable piece of blending equipment, here are 10 things you should think about before the making final decision.

  • 5 Steps To Increase Energy-Efficient Mixing
    5 Steps To Increase Energy-Efficient Mixing

    Mixer testing simulation trials are needed to confirm the suitability of a specific mixing strategy. This white paper explores five ways to increase energy efficiency in new and existing mixing processes.

  • Solutions To Batch Mixing Issues
    Solutions To Batch Mixing Issues

    Mixing processes vary from one application to another and there are no fix-all solutions.This white paper presents some strategies for improving commonly encountered batch mixing problems.

  • Efficiencies In Powder Dispersion For Manufacturers
    Efficiencies In Powder Dispersion For Manufacturers

    Uniformly dispersing powders into a liquid batch in a practical amount of time is a common problem for F&B manufacturers. This white paper explores five tips for dispersing powders more efficiently.

  • How To Optimize Solid-Liquid Mixing

    This paper provides practical information on the efficient use of specialty mixing equipment for the preparation of low, medium and high viscosity solid-liquid mixtures under low and high shear conditions.

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FOOD BLENDING PRODUCTS

Double Cone Blender For Manufacturing Double Cone Blender For Manufacturing

Ross Double Cone Blenders design is most often used for the intimate dry blending of free flowing solids. The solids being blended in these units can vary in bulk density and in percentage of the total mixture. Materials being blended are constantly being intermixed as the Double Cone rotates. 

Vertical Blenders For Manufacturing Vertical Blenders For Manufacturing

Ross V-Blenders are most often used for the intimate dry blending of free flowing solids. The solids being blended in these units can vary in bulk density and in percentage of the total mixture. Materials being blended are constantly being split and intermixed as the shell rotates. Normal cycle times are typically in the range of 15 minutes, however can be less depending on the difficulty of blending.

Ross Ribbon Blenders Ross Ribbon Blenders

Ross Stocks New Stainless Steel Ribbon Blenders in many sizes from 1 through 120 cu.ft.

 

Lab Vertical Blender Lab Vertical Blender

This Lab Vertical Blenders are designed for vacuum operation and includes a jacketed vessel wall for heating and cooling

Cylindrical Ribbon Blenders: Model 42C Cylindrical Ribbon Blenders: Model 42C

The new line of Model 42C Cylindrical Ribbon Blenders are designed to mix dry powders, wet granulations and paste-like materials with densities up to 100 lb/cu.ft. Available in many sizes from 1/2 to 1,000 cu.ft. working capacity, Cylindrical Ribbon Blenders can be built for atmospheric, full vacuum or internal pressure operation. A full range of standard, heavy-duty and sanitary models are offered.

Paddle Blenders Paddle Blenders

Paddle Blenders consist of a U-shaped horizontal trough and a fabricated paddle agitator

Finger Blades Finger Blades

The company offers a new blade design for the company’s line of Double Planetary Mixers. The “Finger Blade” design is available for all sizes.

Industrial Dry Blending and Drying Equipment Industrial Dry Blending and Drying Equipment

Ross is the leading supplier of Ribbon, Tumble and Vertical Blenders for dry powder blending and drying for the process industries. Many products including pharmaceuticals, foods, chemicals, fertilizers, plastics, pigments, and cosmetics are manufactured in Ross dry blending equipment.

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ABOUT FOOD BLENDING

Industrial food blending usually refers to the process of mixing two distinct solids or mixing of bulk solids with small ratios of liquids. Blending and mixing are interchangeable terms. However, blending is generally more gentle than mixing, which is why it’s technically different. The outcome of blending is to take two or more pure elements and combine them into a new product where samples of it will contain the same ratio of the elements that were combined to be blended.   

Examples of products created from mixing solids in food manufacturing include: cake mixes, coffee, tea, beverage powders, ice-cream mixes, yogurts, spices, flours, trail mixes, and cereals.

Examples of or products created from mixing solids with liquids in food manufacturing include: confectionary, pasta, ready-to-eat cereals, pet foods, and dairy products.

Blending equipment is offered in various styles. The style that your food-making operation needs will be based on many different factors, such as, but not limited to: what products are being blended, efficiency, batch size, the facility’s available manufacturing space, preciseness of the blend, energy costs, discharging options, cleaning, and sanitation options.

The most-common styles of blending equipment are:

  • Ribbon Benders — are the most-popular blenders. They use helical ribbons, accommodate larger batch sizes, are very versatile, and cost efficient.
  • Vertical Blenders — are cone shaped and designed for vacuum operations. These blenders are easy to clean, are gentler than horizontal blenders, and have virtually 100 percent discharge.
  • Tumble Blenders — are double-cone shaped and rotate on a horizontal axis. These blenders are generally used for precise blends and thorough blending of powders.
  • Paddle Blenders — These blenders use multiple paddles as agitators and accommodate larger batch sizes. They also have very low shear and generate very minimal heat.

After choosing the style of industrial food blender that will suit your company’s food-processing requirements, it will be equally important to make sure the ribbons, paddles, rods, and shafts are matched to the physical properties of the elements being blended. This is imperative to ensuring better efficiency and reducing maintenance downtime.