Blenders and mixers often are mistaken for one another, and rightfully so they both do just about the same thing. So what is the difference between the two? Both mix or blender multiple materials into one complete mixture. But while the difference may be small, there are some subtle differences when it comes to mixing and blending. These differences, while minor are important to distinguish because it will make a difference based on the application you are looking to implement them in.
Mixing is more often used with mixing liquids with other liquids, gasses, or other viscous materials. While blending often deals with the mixing of solids and liquids or even solids with other solids. So while these two actions are fairly similar it is important to know how you might be using them, especially in the manufacturing world. If you purchase a machine that is designed for the mixing of two or more liquids and suddenly you throw a solid in there and expect the same result, you may end up damaging your machine and potentially wasting materials.
So in summary, mixing and blending are pretty interchangeable at the surface level or in day to day conversation. But when you get into the details and take into account the value they bring to manufacturing companies, it is important to distinguish between the two. Failing to do so may result in machine downtime, loss of materials and loss of profit.