In industry, the most popular type of blender is the one known as the ribbon variety of blender. The way these work is with two ribbon spirals; one moves one way while the other moves another direction. This keeps whatever medium inside consistently mixed from top to bottom. The ribbons move horizontally.
The First Type
There are two types of ribbon blenders. The first is the center bottom discharge variety. It mixes on a horizontal plane and then can be discharged from the bottom. This is the most popular variety of the blenders. It can mix anything from foods to concrete, fertilizer, soil, paints, plastics, chemicals and more.
The Second Type
The second type of ribbon blender is known as the end discharge variety. It also mixes on a horizontal plane but is more commonly used in smaller applications. A customer can discharge the blender from one end to dispense an amount of the product inside. This would be like the frosty machine at gas stations.
As mentioned, both types can be used in industrial mixing. They come in all sizes so imagine one that is ten feet long and three feet in diameter or larger. That is how large quantities of mediums are mixed together when it comes to mass production.
You will find this with various industrial applications. Primarily, it is used for liquids and non-dense solids that can be mixed with this type of machine. They have many advantages and applications. Chemical mixing is the primary use, and food mixing is secondary.
One of the primary advantages of these blenders is that the parts and cost of running them considering what amount of material can be mixed in them is relatively cheap. As a result, these are the most commonly used in industrial mixing.