Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mix it Up with Emulsifiers

Not to be confused with the emulsifier agents such as eggs, emulsifiers are specific mixers used to mix two liquids that cannot be joined in a homogenous solution. The difference between an emulsion and a solution is that there is no dissolving of a solute into a solvent. Instead, emulsions are mixtures of materials in which there is a near-even dispersion of all of the involved materials throughout the mixture. Emulsifiers are the tools that are used to create emulsions.

To achieve its purpose, emulsifier mixers use high-speed rotation and centrifugal force to get emulsification. There is a large need for emulsifiers throughout industrial industries due to the variety of industrial processes and operations in which there is a need for the mixture of liquids. They can be used as tank circulators in the processing and storage of high-viscosity chemicals. Outside of the context of chemical processing, emulsifiers can also be used in the food and beverage industry as well as in research and development applications.

Emulsifiers used for chemical storage must be capable of continuous operation. If left alone for long enough periods of time emulsions are known to separate. Once the constituent materials in emulsion become separate, the mixture ceases to be an emulsion and will need to be mixed again to regain the status. There’s no question that emulsifiers are very important tools for industry, and as long as there is need for the processing and storage of emulsions, industry will need emulsifiers.