If you were asked about some of your favorite products, a high-pressure homogenizer may not make the list. However, as we’ve discussed in a previous blog, the homogenization process produces a lot of products you most likely use and consume in your daily life. That’s one of the reasons we here at BEE International love homogenizers…but there are more! Let’s take a look at some of the most popular uses of high-pressure homogenization and the benefits they offer consumers.
Particle Size Reduction
High-pressure homogenization utilizes mechanical force to break down particles or droplets in a liquid into smaller and more uniform sizes, resulting in a dispersion, which is where fine particles of one substance are scattered throughout another substance. Dispersions can be further classified into solutions, suspensions and colloids, a mixture somewhere between a solution and a suspension.
Some high-pressure homogenizers can reduce particle size to as small as a single-digit nanometer. Plus, they ensure the composition is equal throughout, and the overall molecular makeup of the sample isn’t compromised. Many high-pressure homogenizers are able to produce emulsions, dispersions and suspensions at particle sizes of 100 µm or higher, and a select few can achieve a size of down to 0.1 µm. Key benefits of particle size reduction include:
Increased dissolution rate.
Improved drug delivery.
Controlled rate of reaction.
Consistent texture and product appearance.
Enhanced sedimentation stability.
Improved mineral processing.
Food and Beverages
Though one of the most well-known uses of high-pressure homogenization in the food and beverage industry is for milk, it is also widely used in the manufacture of sauces, spreads, salad dressings, fruit juices and concentrates, fish and meat pâté, sweeteners, baby food, egg product, other dairy products and more. It helps companies utilize to efficiently, cost-effectively and safely produce their goods. Food homogenizers also aid in the delivery of a product with uniform texture, flavoring and taste through a scalable process that allows for a longer period of freshness than food comprised of larger particles.
Pharmaceuticals, Chemicals and Biofuels
High-pressure homogenizers are used for numerous products from the chemical and biotechnology industries and products such as pharmaceutical tablet coatings, vaccinations and creams. They can be used to create cost effective medicines, modify microorganisms, synthesize new chemicals and develop alternative biofuels.
Cosmetic Creams and Lotions
Due to its ability to provide potent particle size reduction, enriched texture and consistency and strengthened emulsion stability, high-pressure homogenization is a preferred method for improving the production of cosmetic creams, lotions and other cosmetic products. It is especially beneficial for beauty creams and moisturizing lotions because they have to have a combination of the right texture and consistency in order for the skin to be able to effectively absorb them.
Utilizing homogenization for RNA extraction enables processing to be effectively and repetitively processed in only seconds, thereby eliminating heat production. Its force and high pressure produce consistent and uniform samples, and it can process both small and large samples. Plus, homogenizers are scalable and compatible with many sample types, including those with tough cell walls. Using a powerful chaotropic salt solution, RNA extraction purifies RNA from biological samples by quickly disrupting cells or tissue to release the nucleic acids from the cells. These released RNAs are valuable in providing details on which genes are expressed (used to make products), to what degree the genes are active, how they work to regulate each other via small, regulatory RNAs and which structural RNAs (i.e. rRNAs, mRNAs and tRNAs) are produced.
Due to the fact that water and oil are immiscible, powerful mixing is essential to conducting oil emulsification. Therefore, specialized machines such as high-pressure homogenizers are preferred because they not only impart high shear but also are able to reduce particle sizes much more efficiently than other blending and emulsification methods. They are used in a wide variety of research and scientific uses and by many industries that require the use of active ingredients because they reduce active ingredients to a small enough size to ensure a thorough dispersion throughout the medium produced. Additional benefits of high-pressure homogenization for oil emulsification include production of stable emulsions, improved product consistency, shelf-life, texture, color and flavor and the ability to overcome the resistance caused by two immiscible liquids.
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BEE International offers homogenizers that are both high-quality and reliable. Our line of equipment is suitable for virtually every industry and can work in just about any environment. Contact us today to learn how our products can maximize your homogenization processes.