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How to Choose the Right Tote Mixer

Mixer Selection April 23, 2016

Tote mixers are becoming increasingly popular across several liquid production industries, and it’s easy to see why. In today’s fast paced world, we’re constantly choosing convenience, finding faster ways to get a job done. Enter the tote mixer: a portable mixing unit which allows shipping containers to transform seamlessly into distribution containers. Unlike some other ‘convenient’ choices, using a tote mixer doesn’t mean you’ll sacrifice on results—as long as you choose the right mixer for the job. With many tote mixer options, it can be tricky to know exactly what you need, so we’re offering a few tips to help out.

When choosing a tote mixer, the first thing to consider is the product being mixed. This tells a lot about the type of tote mixer and accessories needed, particularly when examining the viscosity of the liquid. Viscosity is a measure of the internal friction (essentially the ‘thickness’) of the liquid and is commonly compared with water. As the relationship between viscosity and resistance is so predictable, it makes a great place to start when determining which tote mixer will work best. In general, higher viscosity liquids (higher than water) will be more difficult to mix with a tote mixer. This means you’ll want to set up your tote mixer on a lower gear and with a larger shaft to power through the increased resistance. Knowing the desired mixing results will also help you know how much power you’ll need to run your tote mixer.

Another factor to consider is the container itself. The shape and size of the container will also give information on what tote mixer will be most effective. Deeper containers will require longer tote mixer shafts, while shallower containers will need shorter ones. Is the container square or round? Though they can be used in rounded drums or tanks, tote mixers are commonly used in intermediate bulk containers (IBC) which are cube shaped. While these containers are great for transport, the corners are not always tote mixer compatible. In this case, longer tote mixer impellors will help move more liquid within the corners and achieve a more even mix. The IBC tote opening size will also influence the tote mixer that can be used. Folding tote mixer impellors offer more powerful mixing capabilities, even when space may not allow it.

A variety of other situational factors may also influence your tote mixer purchase. Does the tote mixer need to be portable? With various weights on tote mixers, it’s important to consider how often you’ll be carrying or relocating the mixer. Heavier tote mixers can be fitted with fork lift channels for easier lifting. If you’re on a budget, you’ll want to consider how much to invest in a tote mixer. We can help you find the most effective tote mixer without paying for features you don’t need. For highly individualized jobs, many tote mixer aspects can be customized to your specifications.

Mixing Equipment Services specializes in custom IBC tote mixers which are used for sanitary mixing applications, biopharma grade agitation, tote agitators used for tricky or difficult blending applications, mixer exotic alloys, non metallic mixing wetted parts, plastic and poly mixing impellers, and a variety of mixer setups for carboy mixing in smaller plastic tote containers.

If you’re in the market for a tote mixer, you’ve come to the right place. At Mixing Equipment Services, we’re here to help you find the appropriate product to get the job done. For further questions on tote mixers or any other mixing related queries, contact us today and a knowledgeable representative will reply shortly.

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