It is important to have the right static mixer when it comes to production value and durability. They provide a much greater degree of control when mixing and dispensing the materials, which produces less wasted material. Thus, saving you money on both the production and material costs. However, there is an extensive selection of static mixers and parts to choose from. So how do you know what kind of mixer you need for a specific project? Answering these questions will help you determine the specific features you need in a static mixer.
How you need to have your materials dispenses will be a significant factor in determining which mixer will work best for you. The materials you are using will help to determine your mixer based on the pressure limitation of the nozzle, the acceptable backpressure/retained volume, and the expected, or desired flow rate.
The materials you are mixing will determine the range of elements needed to mix them into a homogenous material. Some materials are much more difficult to mix than others, so it is critical that you have the correct static mixer to get the result correct.
The two main factors you need to know in determining how many elements you will need are the viscosity and material ration. If the two elements that you are mixing have different viscosities, you will need a higher number of elements. If you’re dealing with a mixing ratio of 7:1, a higher number of elements will be needed to get a homogenous mixture.
Knowing the viscosity of the material you are mixing will also help you determine the diameter of the elements you need. The thinner the materials you are working with the smaller the diameter you need to get the proper mix. On that note the thicker the materials the larger the diameter you will need to achieve a homogenous mix.
This question speaks directly to the connection style/inlet you will use with your mixer. There are three main types of connections, bayonet, bell and threaded (integral nut).
If you are not sure if a stock static mixer is what you need, research companies that produce static mixers to see if they offer custom configurations. This way you can choose the number of ports, end fittings, and the styles of mixing elements. At Komax, we are known for creating custom products and have done so for thousands of installations. In addition to having a Triple Action Static Mixer that offers a higher level of mixing than any other inline static mixer on the market. You get serious efficiency with a shortened time span, thus helping you complete tasks faster. Contact us today to get more information on all our products, including this new inline static mixer.