Paddle mixers are almost identical to that of the bottom half of a canoe or kayak paddle. The paddle portion is the thick rectangular half or the end one would stick in the water. This part of the paddle is flat and rather thin in thickness, but is very durable. The paddle mixer is used for mixing heavy solids or when mixing wet and dry ingredients. These types of mixers are usually used for mixing dry materials, like minerals, but can also mix rubbers, plasters, and chemicals.
Placement of each paddle head is strategically placed and distributed so that the best mixing can take place. When mixing, the paddle heads rotate and mix the ingredients in a rectangular shaped bin. More elaborate bin mixers allow paddles to be interchanged for more than one type of mixing.
Industrial mixers come in many other types also such as a vacuum mixer, jet mixer, mobile mixer, screw blender, ribbon blender, double cone blender, high shear rotor stator, continuous processor, double and triple shaft and many more. The paddle mixer, like many of the mixers mentioned, has its own unique characteristics that provide different mixing patterns. Mixers play a very important role in the manufacturing industry when material requires mixing before the production of a product can begin.