In industrial settings, products often need to be mixed together. Liquids need to be mixed with liquids, liquids need to be mixed with solids and liquids need to be mixed with gases. This mixing can be accomplished with static mixers or with motorized mixers. Having trouble deciding between the two? Take a look at some similarities and differences.
One way to mix products together is to use a mixing tank which uses a motorized mixer. Motorized mixers can also be placed in a pipeline to mix products together. When the mixing is done in the pipeline it’s called an in-line mixer. The mixing can also be accomplished in an in-line mixer by a static mixer. A static mixer doesn’t use a motor and has no moving parts. It’s placed in a pipeline in which products are passed and in that pipeline there are certain obstacles that cause the products, which are passed over them, to be mixed together. The products can be pushed through the pipeline by either man made pressurization or by the use of gravity.
A static mixer has certain advantages over a motorized mixer such as using less energy since the only energy that’s required is the pumping that’s needed to push the products through the pipeline and to adjust for the drop in pressure through the mixer. Another advantage of using a static mixer rather then a motorized one is that the products are mixed together in a shorter amount of time, especially if one were to use a mixing tank. This is an important advantage to meet the many industrial necessities that must be met when mixing products together. A static mixer can also normally be installed more quickly and easily then a motorized mixer. In fact, it can be installed as easily as installing a segment of pipe. A well designed static mixer, such as those designed by Komax Systems, Inc. need minimal space and need very little maintenance. This cannot be said for motorized mixers. All in all, static mixers have several advantages over motorized mixers.