Do you ever wonder how industrial sized batches of things get mixed properly? Everyone has seen a cement mixer on the streets so most people are aware of how streets are made, but do you wonder how large batches of other things get mixed properly? What about commercial-sized batches of paint, potting soil or cookie dough? There are thousands of products that require extensive mixing before they are available to consumers. And if we’re talking about something like peanut butter, a hand mixer simply won’t cut it – no matter how many staff you may have working at the same time.
1. What is a Ribbon Mixer
There are a few different kinds of industrial sized mixers that vary depending on what kinds of substances you’re mixing. One of the most popular choices for mixing up large batches is to use a ribbon mixer. Ribbon mixers vary in size from 5 cubic feet to 500 cubic feet. These powerful contraptions are made mostly from stainless steel and are designed to withstand high volumes of work. They are called ribbon mixers because there is a spiraling piece of metal located in the middle of them, which looks reminiscent of a piece of ribbon.
2. How to Use Industrial Mixers Safely
When dealing with large pieces of machinery it is critical utilize all safety features and to follow all safety recommendations. It’s important that you are properly trained in how to use heavy machinery before you try to operate it.
All units come with safety grates. Make sure these are properly in place before turning on the power. There is also a safety switch on discharge and on all lids.
3. Personal Protective Equipment
You should wear personal protective equipment any time you operate heavy machinery. This may include a hard hat, gloves, ear plugs and goggles. You should also always wear closed toe shoes if you’re working with any type of industrial equipment.