How High Pressure Homogenizers Benefit Dispersions

Posted by Deb Shechter on Aug 29, 2016 12:30:00 PM

high pressure homogenizersDispersions occur when particles of one (solid) substance are scattered throughout another (liquid) substance. The solid particles are sometimes referred to as agglomerates or aggregates. Dispersions can be further categorized into solutions (homogeneous mixtures) or suspensions (heterogeneous mixtures). A colloid is a third type of dispersion that is somewhere in between a solution and a suspension.

The IUPAC definition of a colloidal dispersion is: A system in which particles of colloidal size of any nature (e.g. solid, liquid or gas) are dispersed in a continuous phase of a different composition (or state). The name “dispersed phase” for the particles should be used only if they have essentially the properties of a bulk phase of the same composition. A dispersion can be defined as a colloid if particle size is between 0.001 micrometer and 1 micrometer.

High Pressure Homogenizers in Manufacturing

Dispersions are used to produce thousands of products across many industries like the pharmaceutical industry (e.g. antacids or antioxidants), the food industry (e.g. ketchup or sports drinks) and the chemical industry (e.g. inks and dyes). Although dispersions are a very useful application, the production of dispersions is not without its challenges. Problems can include instability, agglomeration (clumping) and equipment clogging, inability to reduce particle size to meet requirements, and contamination caused by wear on the mixing equipment.

DeBEE High Pressure Homogenizers for your Dispersion Products

BEE International systems are designed to produce consistent dispersions with a tight distribution of smaller particles and to reduce agglomeration by consistently distributing surfactants. Our proprietary technology applies force with no grinding or mixing action. The energy is applied fluid-on-fluid, offering an exceptionally long life cycle of all parts.

Our flexible technology also addresses products with unique processing challenges such as pastes requiring fine particles, agglomeration difficulties, hard materials and products requiring a longer shelf life.

Visit our website to read more about the particular benefits of using a high pressure homogenizer in the pharmaceutical, chemical, biotech and food industries.



Improved product quality

Longer shelf life

Increased bioavailability

Improved sensory characteristics like taste, texture and color

Improved nutritional value


More efficient productivity due to fewer passes

Lower manufacturing costs due to fewer passes

Less clogging, maintenance and downtime

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