3 Common Problems High Pressure Homogenizers Can Solve

Posted by Jen Hug on Apr 11, 2019 11:30:00 AM

Problems High Pressure Homogenizers Can SolveHigh pressure homogenizers use pressure to force cell suspensions through narrow channels which break cellular bonds (also called cell lysis) and create uniform particles that are easier to manipulate. It enables businesses across a wide variety of industries (such as the pharmaceutical, chemical, biotech and food ones) to make products that are more stable and, thus, more reliable. Take a look at three common problems that high pressure homogenizers can solve for businesses needing to effectively disrupt cells as part of their manufacturing and/or laboratory processes:

Consistency

All industries, whether they make ice cream or sell flip flops or test medical vaccines, must maintain consistent product output or risk losing the public’s confidence (i.e., money). This means that each of their products and processes must be reproducible in the same way every time. And for many cosmetic, food and chemical businesses (to name just a few), it can also mean that each of their products has a physical consistency (viscosity) that is pliable and appropriate for its intended use. By using high pressure homogenizers with customizable controls, manufacturers and scientists alike are guaranteed uniform particle sizing. This necessarily yields products with the same ingredients and the same textures/densities with each manufacturing run, a great solution for a “constant” problem. 

Quality

Consistency is also unavoidably tied to quality. In the pharmaceutical industry, especially, it can be the difference between life and death. Often manufacturers and/or scientists encounter quality issues stemming from subpar materials and/or subpar processing. To solve these types of problems, they can use high pressure homogenizers which consistently deliver the same size and number of particles in any solution. Furthermore, high pressure homogenizers also effectively reduce particle dimension and tighten particle distribution, thereby ensuring that final products have less waste and more reliable ingredients. It’s critical for people needing drugs that actually have the right amount of active ingredients in them. And even when our lives don’t depend on it, it’s nice that we can buy mayonnaise that doesn’t separate and lotion that’s easily applied!

Cost

Finally, one of the biggest challenges facing businesses is how to reduce expenses and increase ROI. High pressure homogenizers have several features that make them the solution of choice for this problem. For instance, high pressure homogenizers so successfully reduce the size of and disperse particles that companies needing to mix ingredients in order to make a product can do so with a lot fewer processing passes. Fewer passes save companies both time and money.

In addition, most high pressure homogenizers are also capable of processing high volumes with higher yields than other options. And our patented high pressure emulsifying system here at BEE International further ensures that products made with our machines are more stable with longer shelf lives, creating long-lasting items that consumers feel confident buying and using. Finally, our high pressure homogenizers are easy to use, clean and service, compounding their value since less time, money and effort are spent on their maintenance. 

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These are just a few of the problems that high pressure homogenizers can solve. If you would like to learn how a high pressure homogenizer can streamline your manufacturing process and help you deliver superior quality and value to your customers and clients, contact our team at BEE International. We can help you better understand the various benefits of high pressure homogenization in all its applications.

 You might also like to download our free eBook, “How to Achieve Efficient & Consistent Particle Size Reduction,” for additional information.

 

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Homogenizer Basics: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Jen Hug on Mar 28, 2019 11:01:00 AM

Homogenizer BasicsHomogenization is the process of breaking apart one substance (a gas, liquid or solid) and mixing it into another (usually liquid) one with which it normally wouldn’t combine. It’s not a particularly complicated concept, except when you consider the fact that it relies on one or more external sources of energy exerting the necessary force to break the substance(s) apart, often into nanoparticles. Many industries utilize homogenization to facilitate more stable mixtures with better bioavailability, controlled consistencies and longer shelf lives. The type of equipment they use to supply the force they need — called a homogenizer — directly depends on the type of substances being mixed, as well as the finished product’s intended use. Here’s a quick overview of everything you need to know about homogenizers on the market today:

Types of Homogenizers

There are many types of homogenizers, ranging from common kitchen implements like mortars and pestles and blenders to more sophisticated equipment like bead mills and cell lysers. They are classified according to the type of force they supply, with the most basic ones being:

  1. Mechanical Homogenizers - which make use of turbulent agitation, stirring, shearing and/or impact to effectuate the breakdown and mixture of substances. Specific examples of mechanical homogenizers include bead mills, rotor-stator homogenizers and blade homogenizers.

 

  1. High-Pressure Homogenizers (HPH) - which force pressurized cell suspensions through small tunnels or holes in order to disrupt their bonds. Many of these types of homogenizers also include some sort of high velocity impact of the product (in addition to pressure) to better ensure cell disruption.

 

  1. Ultrasonic Homogenizers - which combine extreme sonic pressure waves with low temperatures in varying types of vessels to form microbubbles that eventually implode (also called cavitation), breaking covalent bonds and prompting the blending process.

 

How Homogenizers are Used

As discussed, homogenizers are used in a variety of industries for a variety of purposes. Some of the most common ones are:

  1. Food and Beverage - Food and beverage manufacturers rely on homogenizers to improve the stability and appearance of their products. The homogenization process keeps milk from separating into cream and other liquid and viscous substances (like orange juice, milk, mayonnaise, salad dressings and yogurt) from dividing back to their individual parts.

 

  1. Biotech Industry - The biotech industry includes those companies that make products out of living organisms. These types of businesses, mostly concentrated in the medical and agricultural fields, work with microorganisms (like bacteria, fungi and viruses), as well as plant and animal tissues, to modify crops and livestock, create and test medicines and engineer biofuels. They use homogenizers to lyse cells, reduce particle size and create micro and nano particles for both research and production objectives. Specially, homogenizers help ensure that biotech processes consistently maintain scalable results while always preserving the integrity of cell contents.

 

  1. Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries - Whether they use chemicals to manufacture drugs, plastics or other products, both pharmaceutical and industrial chemical companies need homogenizers to help them break apart one substance so that it can be evenly dispersed into another one. Not only does this facilitate easier and more uniform mixing, it creates a final product with “a tighter distribution of smaller particles." This increases the bioavailability and lengthens the shelf life of pharmaceutical products, and it increases conductivity and improves surface cohesion of products used for industrial chemical applications. Indeed, chemical products of all kinds, from life-saving medications to paint, need homogenizers to effectively blend product particles, sustain uniformity and cut down costs.

 

The BEE International Difference

Most homogenizers utilize only one type of force, but BEE International homogenizers combine high pressure with turbulence, cavitation, impact and shear forces to maximize the time, energy and money of the companies who use them. Our patented Emulsifying Cell (EC) technology guarantees scalability of results with customizable options that can be effectively programmed for hundreds of applications. Contact us to learn how our proprietary processes can improve your products, as well as your bottom line.

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5 Benefits of Developing a Cannabis Product with High Pressure Homogenizers

Posted by Tal Shechter on Mar 15, 2019 2:12:00 PM

Developing Cannabis Products with High Pressure HomogenizersThe legalization of cannabis use in places like Canada and many U.S. states over the last few years is changing the way cannabis manufacturers make their products. To remain competitive in a burgeoning market, they are being forced to differentiate themselves in some way. The smart ones are simply making superior products. More than snazzy marketing, quality products encourage trust between consumer and company that often translates into repeat sales. One of the best ways cannabis manufacturers can insure their products’ superiority is by using a high pressure homogenizer (HPH) during the manufacturing process. Long considered a necessity in many food, pharmaceutical and chemical applications, HPHs offer the best solution for particle size reduction and uniform mixing. Take a look at why cannabis manufacturers believe this matters:

Increased Bioavailability

High pressure homogenizers are adept at breaking apart substances. And our patented BEE International homogenizers compound this efficiency with specialized cannabis-specific homogenizing agents that reduce cannabis particle size even further. Breaking the cannabis into the smallest pieces possible maximizes the surface area of the cannabis as a whole, which increases the rates of dissolution and absorption (i.e., the bioavailability) of the active ingredient by up to 75%.

Reduction of Active Ingredient Amount

Increased bioavailability also means less active product is needed for the same effect. Because high pressure homogenizers reduce cannabis particles and mix them together so well, the final cannabis product is uniform throughout the whole of its composition, ameliorating disparate concentrations of its active ingredient and allowing maximized absorption to occur. If there’s more active ingredient being absorbed, you don’t need to use as much.

Reduction of Response Time

Similarly, HPHs reduce the amount of time it takes for cannabis products to take effect. They create such small particles of active ingredient that are easier to dissolve. And faster dissolution equals faster response.

Increased Shelf Life

High pressure homogenizers create more stable mixtures than lower shear mixers. They so effectively combine particles that the particles don’t separate, even after a certain amount of time. Thus, you can store cannabis products that have been homogenized using high pressure longer and still remain confident of their stability and their efficacy.

Better Appearance and Taste

Finally, high pressure homogenizers ensure that cannabis products always look and taste the same. When ingredients are properly combined, you can’t differentiate their individual parts. Cannabis-infused lotions will appear smoother and more homogenous, and edibles will be uniform in texture and test. These are all important qualities. If manufacturers create products that always look and smell and taste the same, then consumers can trust them with each and every purchase, making it easy to come back for more.

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High pressure homogenizers enable the precise particle size reduction and mixing of many types of substances. They are especially beneficial for cannabis manufacturers who need to guarantee the potency, consistency, efficacy and appearance of the products they make. Our patented and proprietary high pressure homogenizers here at BEE International allow for automated and continuous operation and feed. Our machines are sanitary and temperature-controlled with the capacity to immediately scale up or add secondary products. If you need help determining the best high pressure homogenizer for your own processes, contact our team. We can help you match the right product to your needs.

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What Makes a Great Homogenizer Manufacturer?

Posted by Tal Shechter on Feb 18, 2019 2:45:58 PM

homogenizer manufacturerThere are over a hundred homogenizer manufacturers in the U.S. alone. Choosing the right one depends on your understanding of what you really need and a manufacturer’s ability to deliver it. Here’s a quick look at six features that great homogenizer manufacturers should always guarantee:

  • Consistency


It should go without saying: a great homogenizer manufacturer has a proven track record of producing high-quality machines that yield the same results time after time. Homogenizers aid processes across several industries, many of which manufacture life-altering products; companies in the pharmaceutical, food, chemical and biotechnological sectors, especially, rely on homogenizers to process products that are reliable and accurate every time.

  • Scalability


In addition, results should always scale-up from initial testing to meet final manufacturing demand. Great homogenizer manufacturers verify that their equipment produces the same results regardless of product load.

  • Efficiency


Great homogenizer manufacturers also ensure that their machines are efficient, creating a product in the fewest number of passes and/or offering accessories that improve laboratory, pilot and industrial operations when needed. The ability to customize their homogenization processes is especially important for businesses wanting to maximize budgets and save time.

  • Durability


Businesses need equipment that is durable, continuing to operate at full capacity for the longest time possible. Homogenizer manufacturers must create machines that are easy to clean, maintain and repair.

  • Safety and Security


With changing regulations and mounting privacy concerns, it’s more important than ever that businesses safeguard both their operators and their practices. Homogenizer manufacturers should implement safety features into their equipment and provide homogenizer software that is secure, programmable and responsive, assuring the privacy of data and alerting operators when maintenance needs or other issues arise.

  • Testing, Installation and Training


Finally, great homogenizer manufacturers allow opportunities for the testing of equipment before purchase and deliver ongoing customer service afterwards. A relationship with a homogenizer manufacturer should extend far beyond point of sale with warranties and support offered throughout the life of the machine.

 

Are You Ready to Learn More?

At BEE International, our patented Emulsifying Cell (EC) technology enables our homogenizers to deliver reliable, scalable results. Using multiple forces (rather than the usual one of many other homogenizer manufacturers), our equipment effectively enables high pressure pasteurization and ruptures cells, reduces particle size and creates dispersions and micro/nano emulsions. Researchers and manufacturers around the world trust our products to make everything from life-saving medicines to soup. Contact us to learn more about the other features that set us apart from the competition, making us the right homogenizer manufacturer for you, too. 
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Particle Size Reduction Equipment: Why Homogenizers Stand Out

Posted by David Shechter on Feb 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM

particle size reduction equipmentReducing large materials into smaller ones is a common and often necessary occurrence in the natural world. From the earth itself eroding to food being digested to rocks being broken into tools, the physical process of reducing something into smaller bits frequently permits advantages (or wonders!) that otherwise wouldn’t exist. Take, for instance, the splendor of the Grand Canyon or the awe-inspiring fact that our bodies can break apart food and air and water into life sustaining nutrients or the many ways humans have made valuable tools from rocks and wood and other resources. Indeed, the world’s very first tool — the hammerstone — was made by ancient hominids and served a purpose not unlike today’s own particle size reduction equipment: to turn something bigger into something smaller.

Modern particle size reduction equipment is categorized according to four basic types:

  • Crushers - which break apart large particles into smaller ones
  • Grinders - which further crumble crushed particles into powder
  • Ultrafine Grinders - which pulverize ground powder into pieces 1-50 micrometers in size
  • Cutters - which yield particles of a specific shape and size

Considering product hardness, consistency and volume (many machines are better suited for certain capacities), companies may use one or more of the equipment types. Many pharmaceutical companies, for instance, opt for ultrafine grinders that can reduce active pharmaceutical ingredients into superfine particles to increase bioavailability. Baby food and soup manufacturers, on the other hand, might need cutting capabilities to ensure that all food pieces in their products are similarly sized. Some manufacturers might use crushing techniques followed by grinding ones or run their products through one system multiple times. It really just depends on the overall purpose of the product being manufactured, the initial ingredient composition and how much money a company has to spend.

With all this in mind, savvy manufacturers started considering the use of high pressure homogenizers as a fifth alternative for businesses in need of particle size reduction equipment. Homogenizers effectively mix together two normally immiscible substances using high pressure. A happy result of the process: homogenizers also reduce particle size! For manufacturers looking to make an equipment investment that not only works, but works across numerous applications, a high pressure homogenizer has become a solid choice. Unlike traditional particle size reduction equipment that only makes use of one type of mechanical force, a high pressure homogenizer utilizes several different ones. And at BEE International, our proprietary system not only uses turbulence, cavitation, high shear and impact to break apart product, it also has modular components that can be customized for specific purposes. Turbulence and cavitation treatments can be altered, shear times can be reduced or lengthened and impact and intensity can be tweaked. So, just want does all this mean? 

The Benefits of Using High Pressure Homogenizers (HPHs) as Particle Size Reducers:

  1. HPHs produce tighter distribution of smaller particles.

  2. HPHs achieve better particle reduction in fewer passes.

  3. HPHs increase manufacturing efficiency.

  4. HPHs reduce manufacturing costs.

  5. HPHs help create products with longer shelf lives, increased bioavailability and improved sensorial and biophysical properties. 

Want to Learn More?

Homogenizers can be used for a lot more than milk production and laboratory tests. Manufacturers in nearly every industry can use them to accurately reduce product particle size with a flexibility unmatched by other equipment types. Contact our team at BEE International for additional information on the ways a high pressure homogenizer can streamline your manufacturing process, improve your product integrity and benefit your bottom line.

Please feel free to also download our free eBook, "How to Achieve Efficient & Consistent Particle Size Reduction,” for more tips.

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How to Improve Oil Emulsification with a Homogenizer

Posted by Deb Shechter on Jan 31, 2019 11:00:00 AM

oil emulsification with homogenizersEmulsification is the process by which two naturally immiscible liquids are forcefully mixed together. Salad vinaigrettes, mayonnaise, butter, cold creams, lip balms and medicated ointments are all examples of emulsions. Depending on the ratio of oil to water, emulsions are typically categorized as either oil suspended in water (o/w) or water suspended in oil (w/o). Using the right emulsifying agent and the right kind of force, you can compel either type of mixture, effectively manufacturing many textile, plastic and paper products and improving the stability, bioavailability and viability for a variety of food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical ones (among others). Take a look at how a high pressure homogenizer can improve the oil emulsification process in particular, giving you better products in less time:

But First…The Difference Between an Emulsifier and a Homogenizer

Both emulsifiers and homogenizers forcefully mix many substances. But while an emulsifier only makes use of one type of mechanical force, a homogenizer makes use of many. At BEE International, our proprietary homogenizing system combines turbulent premixing with product progression through highly pressurized spaces, utilizing shear, cavitation and impact to break apart particles and uniformly mix and blend them. The result is a product with multiple benefits.

The Benefits of Using a Homogenizer in the Oil Emulsification Process

The benefits of using a homogenizer to create emulsified products are two-fold:

  1. It Reduces Particle Size

The high pressure and additional forces used by high pressure homogenizing systems (like those with our patented BEE International Emulsifying Cell technology) drastically reduce product particle size. Sub-micro particles have more surface area per particle, which means each has more opportunity to interact with another. This not only makes it easier for mixing agents to do their job (after all, they have a larger area on which to apply their “glue”), it also creates a final product with identical (i.e., homogenous) properties, improving the texture, consistency and appearance of many consumables, (especially important for those in the food and cosmetic markets) and increasing the bioavailability of drugs for the pharmaceutical industry.

  1. It Efficiently and Effectively Mixes Resistant Substances

The vigorous and multiple forces utilized by homogenizers make it harder for product particles to resist initial mixing and harder for them to separate afterwards. It also allows for large volume processing since homogenizers have greater capacities than traditional emulsifiers. The ability to create more stable products with longer shelf lives in shorter amounts of time with fewer passes saves time and money, valuable benefits for companies wanting to make the most of their resources.

Ready To Learn More?

The value of a high pressure homogenizer extends far beyond mere mixing of substances, making it the equipment of choice for companies wanting to maximize their processes while still achieving a superior meld. If you need assistance determining if or how homogenizers can improve your manufacturing turnover, as well as provide you with superior oil emulsifications, contact our team at BEE International. Our HPP homogenizers aid all types of businesses, including those in the food, pharmaceutical, chemical, biofuel and cosmetic industries and more. 

Feel free to also download our free eBook, "How to Achieve Efficient & Consistent Particle Size Reduction," for additional information about the value of smaller particle size within a manufacturing context.

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2 Types of High Pressure Pasteurization Equipment

Posted by David Shechter on Jan 17, 2019 7:06:25 PM

two types of high pressure pasteurization equipmentIn the mid 19th century, Louis Pasteur helped France safeguard its beer and wine industries by establishing a manufacturing process that preserved and protected alcoholic products from spoilage during export. The principles of that system, eventually known as pasteurization, were based on his observations not only that microorganisms could change the molecular makeup of substances, but that they could be killed when exposed to high temperatures. Coupled with the scientific significance of French chef Nicolas Appert’s previous research on sterilization and canning techniques, thermal pasteurization quickly became the de facto approach for food manufacturers wanting to guarantee the safety and preserve the quality of their liquid and some semi-solid products.

The only problem: exposure to extreme temperatures often changes the way a food tastes, as well as its nutritional value. Believing that neither should have to be sacrificed because of safety and preservation concerns and buoyed by additional scientific advances, as well as increasing public interest in clean eating, more and more manufacturers are starting to use a high pressure processing system (HPP or pascalization) instead of heat to pasteurize their products. HPP effectively removes most pathogens and other harmful microorganisms and extends shelf life, but does not alter a food’s nutritional content, its color or its flavor. Take a look at the two most common types of high pressure pasteurization equipment: 

Water Tanks for Prepackaged Food Pasteurization

Certain prepackaged liquid and solid food items can be pasteurized using a large steel tank filled with a liquid (usually water). After the packaged food is loaded in to the tank, pumps apply pressure that changes the food’s cell structure, effectively inhibiting cell division and killing most microorganisms. According to food science research at Rutgers University, “vegetable and fruit products such as juices, salsa, dressing and guacamole; meat products such as ready-to-eat deli meats and poultry; and seafood such as shellfish and fish products” can all be processed using a high pressure pasteurization technique. The tank method is capable of processing a lot of food at one time, making it a good choice for manufacturers with high volume productions.

Homogenizers for Liquids and Semi-Solid Pasteurization

Liquids and some semi-solid products can also be pasteurized with high pressure homogenizers that push them through a series of tubes using a hydraulic pumping system that creates pressure and sterilizes them. The homogenizer then expels the product through a small opening with a drop in pressure that forces cell rupture, breaking the product apart into equally sized pieces that can be easily and uniformly mixed. Combining the pasteurization and homogenization process allows manufacturers to more efficiently manage their time, reducing their energy use and waste, and serves as a viable alternative to thermal pasteurization in the milk and juice industries especially. 

Want to Learn More?

High pressure pasteurization equipment improves the shelf life of products and maintains food flavor and nutritional value. At BEE International, our high pressure homogenizers also provide the added benefit of completely dispersing the particles of your products, allowing for uniform texture in addition to taste. This means you can use our homogenizers to enhance more than just food products. Our high pressure pasteurization equipment improves pharmaceutical, chemical, biofuel and cosmetic manufacturing and aids in RNA extraction and oil emulsification processes. Contact us to learn how it can help you, too.

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Three Reasons Cannabis Product Manufacturers Choose BEE International

Posted by Deb Shechter on Dec 27, 2018 11:30:00 AM

homogenizers for cannabis1At BEE International, we understand that quality products are reliable ones. Our high pressure homogenizers produce ingredients that make cannabis product manufacturing uniform and, thus, more effective. And in an industry where news of even one bad product or experience — whether due to poor quality or poor regulatory oversight — can give those opposed to legalized cannabis consumption the fuel needed to stoke their flames of dissent, it’s paramount that licensed cannabis manufacturers take the necessary steps to ensure that the products they deliver are of the highest quality. It’s not enough simply to get a product out there.

Cannabis manufacturers must verify both the consistency and the constancy of their products even if the market doesn’t officially demand that they do so. Take a look at three reasons cannabis product manufacturers choose to partner with BEE International:

Our Homogenizers Guarantee Efficacy

Our team at BEE International has developed cannabis-specific homogenizing processes into our equipment that effectively reduce cannabis particle size. By reducing particle size, the surface area of the cannabis increases, thereby also increasing the rates of dissolution and absorption (i.e., the bioavailabilty) of the active ingredient. This facilitates many advantages, from reducing the amount of active ingredient and time needed to produce optimal effect to stabilizing and extending shelf life for storage. These benefits translate into better products and more sales for you at the end of the day. 

Our Homogenizers Reduce Costs

Our specialized inline processes mean better results in less time. Our homogenizers establish reproducible results quickly, making it more efficient for you to validate product quality. By reducing your processing time, we can help reduce your manufacturing costs! And because our homogenizers are so good at minimizing particle size and increasing bioavailability, products made with our machines need less active ingredient to ensure superior performance. Thus, you can source less active ingredient and still produce the same great effects, saving you time and money. 

Our Homogenizers Create Stable and Uniform Particles for Quality Control

Regardless of end use, a cannabis product must be reliable and capable of being exactly reproduced. Its appearance and function must meet certain standards, with potency, appearance, consistency and even smell remaining uniform across manufacturing batches and through all moments of time. Our BEEI homogenizers help verify and maintain quality control by producing similarly sized ingredient particles that are uniform in appearance, smoother in texture and easier to mix together. We guarantee “a golden clear high performance oil” for quality products that are visually appealing and functional no matter the application. 

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Increased efficacy, lowered costs and guaranteed quality are just a few of the benefits BEE International homogenizers offer. Download our free eBook below to better understand how our proprietary processes can strengthen your cannabis products, securing you valuable market share.

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What Are Homogenizing Agents & How Do They Improve the Homogenization Process?

Posted by Deb Shechter on Dec 17, 2018 12:10:59 PM

homogenizing agentsFor most people, “homogenization” and “homogenizing agents” aren’t words that just roll off the tongue. But for us here at BEE International, talking about them comes as easily as discussing our favorite TV show or the day’s weather. So, if you’ve ever wondered what “homogenized milk” meant or how your face cream was made or why some peanut butter doesn’t have to be stirred, we’d love to share with you the facts about high pressure homogenization and homogenizing agents. Consider the following:

An Overview of the Homogenization Process

Homogenization is the process of combining two substances by breaking them into uniform pieces and mixing them together evenly. Homogenization facilitates many laboratory and manufacturing processes, such as those in the pharmaceutical, biotech, chemical, cosmetic and food industries. Not only does homogenization change the physical characteristics of materials, making it easier for scientists and manufacturers to work with raw components, it also helps ensure product quality, maintain long-term storage of materials and isolate certain particles when necessary. All of these things are necessary for superior performance among a variety of products. Homogenization makes our milk taste good and keeps our peanut butter from separating into a lump of peanut paste and a pool of oil. It keeps our lotions thick, yet spreadable, and our medicines effective.

But what if certain materials resist homogenization attempts by mechanical equipment alone? What if they need something more to help break them apart and realign their parts equally? In these cases, homogenizing agents are used.

What are Homogenizing Agents?

Homogenizing agents are resin-based mixtures which are usually added at the beginning of a homogenization cycle. When heated to certain temperatures, they turn “sticky” and help to moisten and soften the surfaces of the substances being melded together. 

How Do They Improve the Homogenization Process?

Because of their tackiness, homogenizing agents make it easier for some substances to blend and distribute their particles evenly. They also encourage filler acceptance. And by helping to shorten the time it takes to blend materials regardless of their “molecular weight, viscosity or polarity,” homogenizing agents save energy and other valuable resources.

In scientific and research settings, efficient homogenization can do more than just save time, though. It can also save lives. The right homogenizer and the right homogenizing agents can reduce the number of passes it takes to get viable results, ensuring that all steps in the testing cycle are consistent and go as smoothly and quickly as possible.

In more industrial settings, the right homogenizers and homogenizing agents ensure that applications are customized according to overall purposes, whether that be securing product stability; guaranteeing sterility; improving color, texture, taste and nutritional value; or simply maintaining cost effectiveness. 

Need More Info?

If you need help selecting the right homogenizer for your homogenization process, contact us today. Our high pressure homogenizers are customized to suit your own unique needs with multiple mechanical forces that create thoroughly mixed products.

And for additional information, you might also like to download our FREE eBook: "How to Achieve Efficient & Consistent Particle Size Reduction." In it, we show how equipment that reduces particle size saves you money by extending shelf life and strengthening biophysical properties. 

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Homogenizers for Cannabis: How To Deliver More Consistent & Uniform Particle Size

Posted by David Shechter on Nov 29, 2018 11:30:00 AM

homogenizers for cannabisIf you’re looking into cannabis processing options, homogenization might seem a bit complicated at first. While there are certain elements to homogenization that are technical, homogenization is actually a pretty simple process! When it comes to particle size reduction, homogenizers work to combine two or more ingredients in a uniform manner. Since homogenization is mechanical, it doesn’t involve adding preservatives or other materials to the mixture. Thanks to pressure and other forces, particles become uniformly dispersed in the homogenization process.

When it comes to cannabis products, one of the best benefits a homogenizer can offer is how they deliver more consistent and uniform particle sizes in their dispersions. Here are the top three reasons why this should matter to you:

1. No More “Hot” and “Cold” Spots

As mentioned above, when you homogenize two or more ingredients, those particles are reduced to a small size and uniformly dispersed throughout the mixture. So without homogenization, there’s not a good way to determine where the cannabinoids are in your products. Therefore, you may have one item that is chock full of cannabinoids while the next item doesn’t have any. In fact, a recent study found 31% of cannabis products tested did not contain the amount of cannabinoids their labels claimed. That’s an unacceptable number in any industry, but can be particularly embarrassing for companies that are looking to establish themselves in the relatively new commercial cannabis industry.

2. Increased Drug Efficacy

Next, a smaller particle size will have a greater total surface area which can increase the rates of dissolution and absorption of any active ingredient. Therefore when working with cannabis, you need to ensure your products have small, uniform particle size for a greater absorption rate and there’s no better way to do this than using a homogenizer. Homogenizers can help you reach your target particle size reliably plus you can run a filter through the end product to see that all particles are the target size. Further, smaller particles can increase bioavailability by up to 75% by increasing the surface area and you can actually reduce the active ingredient required to achieve the same effect.

3. Product Appearance

While this doesn’t apply to cannabis products alone, a smaller, more uniform particle size can be beneficial for aesthetic reasons. When particles are homogenized properly, the end product can appear smoother and more homogenous. Therefore, when looking to add cannabis to lotions, food products, and other items, having a beautiful product can make all the difference when it comes to sales.

Final Thoughts

There’s a long history of businesses across all industries using homogenizers to guarantee uniformity in their product, which is something that everyone in the cannabis industry should want when creating new products. Plus, consumers want to associate with brands and products they can trust. So when you use high-pressure homogenizers in your process, you'll be keeping the promises you already make to your customers.

To learn more about CannaBEE, our homogenizer solutions customized for cannabis, check out this page for more information or download our free eBook:

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