How BEE’s Patented Homogenizing Cell Promotes Customizability

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David Shechter
Jun 22, 2016
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How BEE’s Patented Homogenizing Cell Promotes Customizability

Mixing equipment is frequently used by laboratory researchers to produce many of the products we use on a daily basis. In particular, homogenizers, which cause intensive mixing, are a popular choice due to their consistently effective outcomes. Pion manufacturers higher quality homogenizers due, at least in part, to its patented homogenizing cell. This refers to core technology that both meets application needs and allows the user autonomy to customize the process setup, while also minimizing contamination. Keep reading to learn more about the homogenizing cell and how it promotes process customizability.

Pion's BEE brand homogenizing cell has two configurations; both make use of control pressure, cavitation, turbulence, impact, and shear, each of which can be adjusted to the user’s needs. In the first configuration, process control begins at the product intake, which can be laminar (for a more gentle process) or turbulent (for pre-mixing). The product then flows through a small nozzle, is converted to a high velocity jet stream, and continues into the absorption cell. Within the absorption cell, orifices, both small and large, create turbulence and cause impact, and then the product flows out. Back-pressure can then be imparted to prevent boiling if undesired. In the second configuration, the jet is made to reverse on itself and exit near the nozzle, which causes more impact and shear.

Regardless of the configuration used, either can result in a narrow particle size distribution, emulsification, efficient cell rupture, and more. The homogenizing cell configurations described above allow for independent control of multiple variables in either configuration. For example, pressure can be set up to 45,000 PSI and the size of the nozzle that causes cavitation can be anywhere from 0.04” to 0.08”. Additionally, flow, impact, shear, and process duration can be altered to best suit the user’s process needs. And finally, special configurations within the homogenizing cell allow for feeding of hot, viscous, hard and abrasive phases, and grinding of hard particles.

Regardless of what your intended application will be, it is prudent to consider Pion's BEE brand and their patented homogenizing cell for your mixing needs. They are globally recognized among laboratory managers and researchers for their high quality products and excellent customer support. Although cell rupture and particle size reduction are common applications, nano/micro emulsions, lipids, suspensions, and dispersions are also easily achievable. Additionally, the equipment is easy to use, produces higher yield in less time, and achieves results that are reproducible and scalable. And of course, the homogenizing cell allows for customizability, which promotes quick and effective process optimization.

Learn more about how Pion's BEE brand homogenizing cell technology can improve your experimentation by contacting us today. 

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