4 Reasons Your Lab Needs a High Pressure Homogenizer

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Tal Shechter
Apr 14, 2016
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4 Reasons Your Lab Needs a High Pressure Homogenizer

High pressure homogenizers are becoming increasingly common in an industry saturated with mixing equipment. Potential users have a wide array of options, from mechanical mixers to energy-driven machines to simple chemical application. So of these many choices, how is it that more and more scientists are deciding on a high pressure homogenizer? Here we present 4 key factors that differentiate high pressure homogenizers from its competitors, and which make a strong argument for its acquisition.

  • Achieves smaller particle size

Many products, in particular pharmaceutical drugs, require particle sizes that are as small as possible. This drive for small particle size is based on research showing that products comprised of smaller particle sizes can perform more effectively, efficiently, and safely. For example, nanoparticle research is of high interest to the scientific community due to their potential uses in gene delivery, tissue engineering, protein detection and more. The significant pressure working alongside mechanical forces in a high pressure homogenizer reduces the size of nanoparticles, which increases their surface area and bioavailability. (1)

  • Can be used across industries

There is a small pool of machines that can be used by most scientists, regardless of their industry. High pressure homogenizers can achieve multiple mixing goals, such as creation of emulsions, suspensions, dispersions, and rupture of cells; as such, their reach extends to the various industries that need to accomplish these items. Whether you work in the chemical, biotechnology, food, beverage, or pharmaceutical industry, you are guaranteed to have a critical need for access to a high pressure homogenizer.

  • Creates stable emulsions

Emulsion synthesis can be troublesome, given that the immiscible liquids can impart resistance on the mixing process. The high shear achieved by a high pressure homogenizer can overcome this resistance, and importantly, provides long-term stability that prevents the two phases from separating. (2)

  • Reduces manufacturing costs

Compared with other mixing equipment, high pressure homogenizers are incredibly efficient; importantly, this efficiency can translate to significant financial savings. For example, a sample being run through a high pressure homogenizer may only require 1-2 passes before achieving a uniform and consistent state. Other mixing equipment may need 4 or more passes, which requires additional time, reagents, and energy expenditure.

Pion: The Homogenizer Advantage

As you hunt for homogenizer equipment that will suit your lab’s purposes, consider how looking for the above-listed factors will help secure a highly functioning and efficient machine. Although many companies manufacture homogenizers, few are of the high quality needed to achieve reliable and reproducible results. One example of equipment that does meet such expectations is the high pressure homogenizer by Pion.

Pion's BEE brand products are trusted by researchers and lab managers around the world for key benefits, such as production of nano/micro emulsions, dispersions, and suspensions; importantly, this equipment can achieve consistent particle sizes at or below 100 nm, a key benefit for researchers & corporations across a wide variety of industries.

Learn more about Pion's equipment or contact us today to find out how we can benefit your particle size reduction application!

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