How Homogenization Improves Your Colloid Mixtures

Posted by Deb Shechter on Sep 16, 2019 11:10:57 AM

Colloid MixturesIf you had to write down a list of the qualities that all great products possess, what words would you choose? You’d probably start with functionality — a good product needs to serve a purpose. You’d also want it to taste or look or perform well. You might write down “value” and “sustainability.” And maybe you’d throw in “superior customer support.” While all of these characteristics accurately describe great products — no matter the industry — perhaps the most important one would be “reliability.” Great products are great only if they can be produced over and over again. For many industries (such as the food, pharmaceutical, chemical and biotech ones), great products depend on being mixed in the right way so that they appear and function the same way every time a new batch exits the manufacturing line. For colloidal suspensions, like those found in many food items and cosmetics, this means that they don’t separate or deteriorate while sitting on a shelf or in a drawer. Take a look at how you improve colloidal suspensions by using a high quality homogenizer:

 

Reduction of Particle Size

Put simply, homogenizers break apart substances. By disrupting a sample’s molecular bonds, homogenizers reduce particle size and facilitate the effective mixing of all the sample’s components. And clearly, smaller pieces make better mixtures. However, while most homogenizers utilize only one type of force to break apart and mix a sample (pressure, cavitation, turbulence, shear, or impact), our homogenizers here at BEE International are unique. Our equipment combines high pressure with all the other forces so that covalent bonds are less violently disrupted (thus, preserving other key elements), particle size is further reduced and components of a sample are more thoroughly mixed. Our proprietary homogenizing system has the added benefit of being completely customizable, allowing operators the ability to manage the duration, intensity and dominant force used at every stage of the mixing process.

 

Reduction of the Number of Passes

Furthermore, if a homogenizer does its job well, you don’t need to repeatedly pass product through its system for maximum results. Thus, fewer production passes means saved time and saved money, especially when used for large-scale manufacturing runs.

 

Preservation and Extension of Shelf Life

Another benefit of homogenization is its ability to help preserve products by creating a tighter distribution of very small particles. A tighter distribution of particles equates to more surface area on which chemical reactions can occur, with the result being better stability. Indeed, a tight distribution of particles helps mixtures stay coalesced for longer periods of time (i.e., better viscosity, consistency, texture, appearance and/or flavor), improves chemical reactions (i.e., better absorption and bioavailability) and eliminates volatile organic compounds (VOCs). When high pressure homogenization (HPH) is specifically used to mix colloidal suspensions, benefits are further compounded, as HPH acts as a preservation method, its intense pressure killing harmful microorganisms that could threaten the colloid suspension’s overall quality and length of its usefulness.

 

The BEE International Advantage

All industries need reliable products to be successful. If you’re in a business or research setting that requires you to mix together substances, you need equipment that ensures you the smallest particles and, therefore, the highest quality solutions and colloidal suspensions. Our patented Emulsifying Cell (EC) technology guarantees scale-up to production and reproduces reliable results. Every. Single. Time. Contact us to learn why manufacturers, researchers and lab managers around the world trust our equipment with their needs.

Please also download our free eBook, “Advantages of BEE Homogenizers for the Pharmaceutical Industry,” for more specific information about the benefit of using homogenizers within the pharmaceutical industry.

 

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3 Benefits of Ultrasonic Mixers

Posted by Deb Shechter on Aug 29, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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All homogenizers work to disrupt molecular bonds so that two substances can be thoroughly mixed together. The force used to facilitate such mixtures varies; the most basic way to separate different types of homogenizers is by labeling them either mechanical (those using physical forces such as agitation, stirring, shearing and/or impact to break covalent bonds), high pressure (those using pressure) or ultrasonic (those using sonic sound waves and cavitation). There are drawbacks and advantages to each type of homogenizer depending on your application and resources. In this post, we consider the greatest benefits to using an ultrasonic mixer (also known as a sonicator) for your homogenizing needs.

 

Ultrasonic Mixers are Versatile

All homogenizers can effectively mix liquids, and some can mix samples of a solid with a liquid; ultrasonic mixers do both. When ultrasonic waves are applied to a liquid medium, a cycle of alternating high and low pressure eventually creates vacuum bubbles. These bubbles grow and merge together, ultimately reaching a size that collapses and sends a shock wave through the mixture (i.e., cavitation). The effect of these shock waves, as well as the vibrating tip of the ultrasonic mixer itself, disrupts surrounding covalent bonds of a sample, making an ultrasonic mixer a valuable piece of equipment capable of dissolving a wide range of materials (even gummy bears!).

 

Ultrasonic Mixers are Easily Controlled

Many variables impact how well a homogenizer does its job. These include size, concentration and temperature of the sample; the shape, speed, amplitude, intensity, pressure and duration of the “agitator;” and the temperature, viscosity and volume of the medium (as well as the type of container that holds it). While these factors can be difficult to adjust when using other types of homogenizers, they are easily manipulated when using an ultrasonic mixer. Indeed, technicians, scientists and manufacturers can easily adjust any or all of these elements in order to enable light or vigorous agitation (i.e., homogenizing) based on the need at hand.

 

Ultrasonic Mixers Have Fewer Parts

It might not seem like a huge advantage, but having fewer parts means ultrasonic mixers are less difficult to clean and less challenging to repair. Consisting of only a power source, a converter (which transforms electrical energy into mechanical motion) and a probe, a sonicator doesn’t have much to maintain. There is little frictional wear of parts and no intricate parts to clean.

 

Want to Learn More?

Ultrasonic mixers are just one type of homogenizer. If you need assistance choosing a homogenizer that meets the requirements of your own application(s) and makes the most of your own resources, contact our team at BEE International. Our proprietary and patented equipment addresses a wide range of functions at a reasonable range of costs. Not only do our homogenizers create a tight distribution of small particles, they always scale up and reproduce reliable results. Whether used inline or for batch processing, our homogenizers can be trusted to deliver the finest quality emulsions and dispersions available time after time.

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Ultrasonic Homogenizer 101: The Basics

Posted by Deb Shechter on Jul 31, 2019 12:43:50 PM

Ultrasonic HomogenizerHomogenizers come in a variety of shapes and sizes and operate under several different kinds of forces. The ultrasonic homogenizer is a specific type of homogenizer which uses ultrasonic waves and cavitation to force apart and reduce the size of particles (both liquid and solid) within a liquid substance.

 

The What

Also known as sonicators, ultrasonic homogenizers consist of three parts:

  1. A generator, which supplies energy.
  2. A converter, which converts and increases electrical energy into mechanical motion.
  3. A horn, probe or tip, which when placed into a liquid moves in a rapid fashion and causes bubbles to form. These bubbles expand and contract, breaking apart the surrounding particles (called cavitation).

 

The Why

Of course, the goal of homogenization is not only to break apart, but to mix, particles. And in this sense, ultrasonic homogenizers hold an advantage, as their stimulation of cavitation so effectively disrupts molecular bonds that the total particle surface area is greatly increased. This is because breaking apart particles creates more particles with more surfaces. And when there is a greater total surface area and a tighter distribution of particles, there is improved opportunity for particle agglomeration and overall improved stability.

 

Furthermore, ultrasonic homogenizers have fewer parts to maintain and to clean, and they can be customized according to specific amplitude and pressure ranges, making them great choices for scientists and manufacturers wanting complete control over the cavitation process.

 

The When

Ultrasonic homogenizers can be used to homogenize samples, lyse cells, reduce particle size, extract biological material, refine chemical processes and more, but only with liquid (or mostly liquid) samples. They are appropriate for application in both laboratory and industrial settings and are especially valuable when a sample can’t be stirred, doesn’t require grinding or cutting for processing and won’t be degraded by heat (as high temperatures often result with the rapid agitation of the sonicator tip).

 

The Who

As mentioned, ultrasonic homogenizers can be used in a wide variety of industries by all kinds of professionals. Life scientists can use them to facilitate sonoporation. Jewelers and opticians can use them to clean their merchandise. Food scientists, agriculturalists and chemists can use them to enhance their "soft goods" processing. Archaeologists can use them to uncover microfossils. Pharmaceutical researchers can use them to produce betters drugs. And these are just a few examples!

 

Want to Learn More?

Picking the right kind of homogenizer depends on the type of materials with which you work and what you want to accomplish with them. If you need help selecting the right homogenizer for your task, contact our team at BEE International.

 

Please feel free to also download our complimentary eBook, “7 Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a Cell Lysis Method,” for practical advice on enhancing your time, budget and skills with the right piece of equipment.

 

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What Does a Homogenizer Do?

Posted by David Shechter on Jul 16, 2019 9:25:31 AM

What Does a Homogenizer Do?There are many types of homogenizers, from the basic kitchen blender and handheld, laboratory dounce homogenizer that use mechanical force to break apart and blend food or other “ingredients” to the numerous kinds of large, industrial homogenizers that rely on pressure to effectively disrupt and mix microscopic components of a sample. There are even ultrasonic homogenizers that use cavitation to produce similar results. But just what does a homogenizer do, you might wonder? How does it work?

 

While the specifics of how a homogenizer does what it does changes based on the composition of the materials on hand and the proposed intent of the product to be made, the basic premise of what it does is always the same. Thus, despite the fact that there are dozens of different types of homogenizers, all of them basically do the same thing: apply force(s) in order to separate the parts of one substance and thoroughly mix them with the parts of another.

 

Why Use Homogenizers?

Homogenizers are used to completely mix a solid, liquid or gas into another substance, but they also offer several other key benefits and, thus, are invaluable across numerous industrial, chemical, biotechnological and food manufacturing processes. Specifically, in addition to the aforementioned blending purpose, businesses use homogenizers to reduce the particle size of various types of substances; facilitate the elimination of pathogens in food products (also known as pasteurization); improve the stability, appearance and texture of chemical compounds (including things such as paint, makeup and medications); increase the bioavailability of pharmaceutical products; extend product shelf life; maintain consistent levels of quality; and reduce manufacturing costs.

 

In short, homogenizers enable companies to guarantee efficacy and efficiency no matter their application. Indeed, some homogenizers achieve results by agitating and stirring. Some do it by crushing and grinding. Others push suspensions through narrow passages, and some use pressure and impact. But regardless of the type of force used, all homogenizers aim to mix together two naturally immiscible substances so that any number of the above benefits can occur.

 

Ready to Learn More?

Homogenizers do a lot of different things, making them useful tools that foster a myriad of advantages across several separate industries. If you need assistance determining the type of homogenizer best suited to your needs, contact our team at BEE International. Our homogenizers combine high pressure with turbulence, cavitation, impact and shear forces, which, when coupled with our patented Emulsifying Cell (EC) technology, serves to improve manufacturing and laboratory processes and saves you valuable time and money.

 

And for additional information, feel free to download our complimentary eBook, “How to Achieve Efficient & Consistent Particle Size Reduction." In it, we detail how our proprietary in-line processing technology maximizes particle size reduction in fewer passes and helps you maintain cost-effective manufacturing practices.

 

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When is the Right Time to Purchase an Industrial Homogenizer?

Posted by David Shechter on Jun 12, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Industrial HomogenizerIn manufacturing terms, bigger is often better, especially if you’re talking about the equipment that companies need to process the products they sell. Indeed, profitability frequently depends on a company’s ability to meet consumer demand while simultaneously maintaining quality and safeguarding costs. Many accomplish this by utilizing large capacity processing equipment to render bigger outputs in less time. By increasing product volume, decreasing manufacturing duration and maintaining the integrity and reliability of both via automated (not manual) processes, companies in all types of industries can generate bigger financial gains.

 

For those industries tasked with creating homogenized products, large scale equipment can facilitate better micronization, better mixing and better scalability (i.e., better overall results). If you’ve ever struggled to meet the demands of your customers or to verify the accuracy, efficacy, constancy and consistency of your products, then investing in an industrial homogenizer will likely solve a lot of your problems. Here’s how you’ll know it’s the right time to purchase an industrial homogenizer:

 

You Have High Product Demand

Industrial homogenizers are created specifically for bulk processing. Whereas laboratory homogenizers are perfectly capable of (and generally preferred for) handling small batch loads, industrial homogenizers can accommodate large quantities of materials, making it easier for companies to process a lot of product in less time. If you’ve moved past the initial research and development stage and have a final product to mass produce, it’s the right time to buy an industrial homogenizer.

 

You Need Flexibility for Processing

An industrial homogenizer is usually more versatile than a laboratory homogenizer, with advanced options available for tailoring processing functions according to individual need. At BEE International, our industrial homogenizers incorporate our patented Emulsifying Cell (EC) technology, a linear process that guarantees scalability of results each and every run. Our machines also include proprietary software, the “most advanced, reliable, and versatile intensifier technology on the market” and an automation system that allows for continuous operation, advanced data collection and integration with plant controls, generating countless opportunities for customization.

  

You Want To Minimize Costs

Bigger machines can cost more and warrant more maintenance. However, our DeBEE 4000 industrial homogenizer model comes equipped with hydraulically-driven vertical intensifier pumps that effectively lower maintenance costs and a “unique CIP position [that enables] flow through the high pressure cylinder for faster and more thorough cleaning.” Both of these features help keep our machines running smoothly and cleanly. Oftentimes, smaller homogenizing systems become overstressed trying to accommodate the processing of an unrealistic load. This not only wears out the machine’s mechanics, it requires more labor, more maintenance and probably more repair, all factors that accumulate more expense in the long run. A BEE International industrial homogenizer can mitigate that problem.

 

You Must Verify Safety Compliance

Manufacturing plants are required to adhere to certain sanitary and safety guidelines. Thus, most industrial homogenizers support compliance with FDA, CGMP and 3-A standards. Our BEE International industrial homogenizers offer this feature, as well as additional ones meant to make cleaning machine parts easier and more effective so that you can adhere to industry standards with minimal disruption to the production process. You should purchase an industrial homogenizer if you are required to verify any trade and/or government guidelines.

 

Want to Learn More?

Homogenizers are essential expenses for companies needing to homogenize and/or reduce the size of the particles in their product(s). Industrial homogenizers, in particular, can help large companies meet manufacturing demand, validate quality and ensure product stability and performance. All our equipment comes with a two year warranty to further protect your investment, your time and the trust of the people you serve. Contact us to learn more.

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What is a Polytron Homogenizer?

Posted by Deb Shechter on May 29, 2019 10:27:50 AM

Polytron HomogenizerIn the world of homogenizers, it’s a lot like Shakespeare’s Juliet said: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Depending on where you are and who you are, you might call a homogenizer a sonicator, a lysor, a bead mill, a high shear mixer, a disperser or a tissue tearor. You might even call a standard blender or whisk a homogenizer. Sometimes, people refer to all homogenizers by the brand name Polytron® (much like many call all tissues “Kleenex®”), and sometimes they specify the kind of homogenizer according to the type of force it supplies, like a mechanical, high-pressure or ultrasonic homogenizer. In the end, however, all these names refer to the same basic piece of equipment that is used by laboratories and in industrial processes to disrupt and blend the components of a product.  

 

But just because there are multiple ways to say “homogenizer,” it doesn’t mean each homogenizing application isn’t specific in some way. Indeed, the preferred way of referencing a homogenizer usually points to how it will be used, making it especially important for you to understand the differences in homogenizing applications.

 

For instance, in industry talk, a Polytron® homogenizer indicates a specific brand of immersion dispersers, which uses a rotating blade to dissolve solid particles in a liquid substance. Thus, “polytron homogenizer” is often used to reference a homogenizer being used with plant and animal matter in a lab setting. Similarly, “cell lysors” and “tissue tearors” are terms most likely used in biotech applications where it’s important that users maintain the cellular integrity of the products they’re manufacturing and/or studying.

 

The term “high shear mixer,” on the other hand, is more often used when discussing homogenizing processes for the food /beverage and chemical industries, where the mixing part of the homogenizing process is seen as being more emphasized than the disruption part (whether it’s true or not). In much the same way, you might talk about “bead mills” to indicate homogenizers used in industrial settings since they can accommodate the grinding of solid samples without a liquid.

 

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Choosing the right term to indicate each type of homogenizer is often confusing: Do you need a disperser? Do you call it a polytron homogenizer? And what about bead mills and all the other options? Add in the multiple ways in which each homogenizer can be applied, and you can quite easily become overwhelmed with possibilities! If you need assistance determining the right equipment for your needs, contact our team at BEE International. We offer a range of laboratory, pilot and industrial homogenizers that can effectively provide:  

 

Our proprietary and patented Cell Emulsifying System guarantees a customizable combination of homogenizing forces for optimal results and reduced costs. In addition, we offer stellar service, warranty support and preventative maintenance programs, benefits that enable you to maximize your time and resources and enhance the lives of the people you serve.

 

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Homogenizer Mixer: 3 Benefits for Your Application

Posted by David Shechter on May 2, 2019 4:43:57 PM

homogenizer mixer benefitsMixers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from the common wire sauce whisks found in most home kitchens to the large drum mixers used in many industrial plants. Choosing one type over the other really comes down to what and how much you’ll be mixing, as well as how often you’ll be doing it. For example, a whisk is an appropriate tool for mixing cake batter, but you’d never try to mix cement for your new patio with one. And if you own a commercial bakery, you’d probably want an electric heavy-duty floor mixer that’s capable of stirring enormous amounts of ingredients day after day instead of a tiny whisk you have to beat yourself.

Another type of mixer is the high pressure homogenizer. At BEE International, our homogenizers pull product through a proprietary system that produces a constant pressure up to 45,000 PSI and pumps out a “high-velocity jet strong enough to cut metal.” The jet then enters our patented “Emulsifying Cell (EC)” and combines with other forces to yield a final product that is thoroughly broken apart and blended. Unlike other types of mixers, a BEE International homogenizer is versatile across many different applications. Here’s why:

Smaller Particle Reduction

Different mixers use different forces to break apart particles. For example, stirrers and agitators use turbulence; sonic mixers use cavitation; high shear mixers use shear; bead mills use impact; and high pressure homogenizer mixers use pressure. High pressure homogenizer mixers effectively reduce product particle size on their own, outputting products with better sensorial and biophysical properties with longer shelf lives. However, BEE International homogenizer mixers combine high pressure with all of the aforementioned forces, facilitating a gentler cell disruption and even smaller particle reduction than any other one mixer type. Operators can adjust the duration, intensity and type of forces used in the mixing process, ensuring that the cell walls of different biological materials are lysed in ways that preserve their intercellular components and

create a "tighter distribution of smaller particles [...] in fewer passes." This not only improves manufacturing efficiency, it reduces manufacturing costs!

Stable Emulsions and Dispersions

In addition, high pressure homogenizer mixers are so adept at reducing particle size that they also more successfully combine materials that don’t normally mix. The unique variety of forces used in BEE International homogenizer mixers especially combine to generate clearer nanoemulsions in all liquid products (emulsions) and more uniform distribution of solids within “liquid solutions, suspensions and colloids” (dispersions). Other mixers that only use one type of force can’t get particles small enough to enable that benefit.

Improved Pasteurization Results

Similarly, while high pressure homogenizer mixers can be used to remove pathogens from various types of food, BEE International homogenizers have the added benefit of allowing hold times under pressure to be customized. This means manufacturers can achieve maximum pasteurization results for a variety of products with only one machine. It also means operators can target specific organisms by applying the least amount and length of pressure necessary to kill each one, thereby preserving other vital components of the final food product for better taste, nutritional value and appearance.

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High pressure homogenizer mixers offer manufacturers and researchers a variety of benefits. They produce stable products with longer shelf lives, improved bioavailability and better rates of dissolution. And they do it with less waste and less resources since high pressure homogenizer mixers require less chemical and thermal processing to achieve maximum results. If you want to save time and money while still making superior products, contact our team at BEE International. We are industry leaders in quality homogenizing systems and can help you pick the right equipment for your own distinct needs.

You might also wish to download our free eBook, “How to Achieve Efficient & Consistent Particle Size Reduction,” for more tips on maximizing your manufacturing processes (as well as your ROI) with high pressure homogenizers.

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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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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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