If you own or work for a manufacturing business, you might find yourself in charge of acquiring a new industrial blender. If you’ve been operating for some time you probably already have a good of what you need, but if you’re just starting up—or branching out into new products—you might have to do a little research before settling on a piece of equipment. Here are some starting points.
How big are your batches going to be? When it comes to tub size, you want something that can handle the volume of your ingredients, but picking something too big for the job may lead to inefficiency and waste.
You shouldn’t just look into the weight of the materials the machine will be processing, but their consistency. If you’re mixing dry pellets or coating items, you probably want a tumbler. If you’re mixing powders or liquids the industrial blenders that make the most sense would probably be paddle or ribbon blenders. The viscosity of substances should also be considered when making your decision.
Number of Tasks
Is the machine going to be used for mixing several different formulas or just one? If you anticipate regular cleaning between batches, you want a machine with as few parts as possible to reduce time and energy spent in the prep stages of production. Fixed mixers are notorious for having ingredients stick to the walls and floor and even with fewer parts, cleaning can require a lot of effort. If you’re worried about contamination, such as peanut dust getting mixed into a product that is supposed to be allergy-safe, buying multiple machines for separate formulas is a worthwhile investment.
You may want to step up production and create huge batches, but can you accommodate them? Keep in mind the space the machinery has to occupy, both height and width, as well as energy usage and the manpower necessary to operate and service them. Can you efficiently warehouse the finished product? Even if your business is growing, keeping operations small may ensure you can keep up with the goals you set for yourself. Be realistic about your capabilities.
Don’t let your decision be dictated by the fastest blend time. Consider other factors such as cleaning and loading to ensure what you pick is the most efficient for the job. Also, avoid settling for a cheap price tag. It may seem like a deal now, but if it’s not what you truly need, you’ll be paying for it later.