For a long time now our production industries have been changing from a heavily staffed unskilled labor force into much more technical and efficient systems. Along with this automation is a tendency to use components that operate without any need for maintenance or supervision. We’re not talking yet about robots making robots; in fact, much of this evolution is the change from clunky mechanical systems to a more smooth and simple process.
Some people may think of futuristic industry as a highly technical progression, but this is unnecessary when things can be completed in a simple manner. The problem with intricate processes is that they are prone to breakdowns and error. We think of a self-sufficient system, we should not overlook the no-maintenance, easy as pie components.
One of the best self-sufficient processes within production is static mixing. This takes the stress away from heavy, large volume mixers that are prone to clogging and error. By creating a mixing environment that maintains flow while integrating inputs completely, static mixers have effectively transformed a well-established nightmare into something that is effectively set-and-forget. Static Mixing is the new iPhone or laptop: smaller, better, more user friendly.
Part of what makes static mixers so independent is their self-cleaning environment. A good system generates a high impact environment between a mixer’s contents and the mixer wall, thus eliminating buildup and scum. These components need no external energy apart from the already existing system flow. Technology isn’t always the answer for a better system when beautifully efficient engineering can eliminate problems.
The industrial revolution is shaping up to look like a bell curve. Things were quite simple at first, and then we began to get more complicated and more intense. Finally, we have reached a tipping point where things are becoming smaller, faster, and less complicated.