How to Choose the Right Inline Homogenizer

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Deb Shechter
Dec 28, 2016
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How to Choose the Right Inline Homogenizer

Homogenization, also known as particle size reduction or micronization, is the process of reducing the particle size of molecules in order to facilitate dispersion, emulsion, or otherwise distributing microscopic particles throughout a given medium. This process is widely used across several industries, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, cosmetic, drug, and food.

When selecting the right homogenizer for your application, it is important to think about your industries’ needs, as well as the needs of your particular process. There are two main types of homogenizers offered:

Batch Homogenizers

Batch homogenizers are typically a stand-alone unit. In this type of homogenizer, all of the ingredients are mixed in a tank before being homogenized. Batch homogenizers are useful for smaller volumes (typically less than 400 gallons).

Inline Homogenizers

Inline homogenizers are positioned within the production line, and allow for continuous homogenization. These types of homogenizers are suitable for any size production volume, and are ideal for continuous processing of dispersions and emulsions.

Inline homogenizers are more commonly used in pilot plant and industrial applications, where larger production volumes are needed; however, they are also useful in smaller lab or R&D settings. Inline homogenizers are an efficient and economical choice, and allow for greater control over the mixing and homogenization process, since they are fitted within the production line with the flow of product. This allows for greater consistency in the mixing and homogenization process, and improved and consistent results for each production batch.

Inline homogenizers also offer the following benefits:

  • Significant reduction of the chances of contamination
  • Product remains within a closed pipeline system
  • Work well with Clean In Place (CIP) systems
  • Easy to disassemble, clean, and maintain
  • Positively affect the aesthetics of the final product
  • Create stable and consistent emulsions and dispersions
  • Rapidly dissolve solid material and accelerate chemical reactions

Pion's BEE brand offers a number of inline high pressure homogenizers to suit virtually any production need. Our DeBEE High Pressure Homogenizing Systems offer reliable and consistent operation, ensuring repeatable results for any industry.  Our systems have a solid reputation for reliability and consistent results, and offer the following features:

  • Computerized control and monitoring
  • Constant pressure to the homogenizing cell
  • Online spare intensifier pump
  • Simple maintenance with easy access and computer scheduling

Please contact us today to learn m more about how our line of high pressure homogenizers can help with your industrial homogenization needs.

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