Why Pion's BEE brand High Pressure Homogenizers Yield Better Results Than High Shear Mixers

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Deb Shechter
Feb 5, 2016
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Why Pion's BEE brand High Pressure Homogenizers Yield Better Results Than High Shear Mixers

Homogenization has been in existence since the early 1900’s, when the food industry began producing homogenized milk. As the years progressed, homogenizer technology evolved to the high-functioning machines we are now familiar with. Aside from homogenizers, high shear mixers and other less commonly used equipment also have a space in the science industry. So when you have a product that requires powerful mixing, how will you decide whether a high-pressure homogenizer or a high shear mixer is your best option? Keep reading to understand high pressure homogenizers from Pion are your best bet for both type of equipment and company.

Contains a Proprietary Emulsifying Cell

Pion's homogenizers contain a proprietary Emulsifying Cell (EC,) which has significant benefits for processes that involve cell lysis and/or particle size reduction. Specifically, its design replicates passing through the cell multiple times in just 1-2 passes. This ability is due to reactors that induce absorption, which creates a new blend of products and/or extends the process duration. Additionally, the Emulsifying Cell has multiple locations that can be adjusted, which allows scientists across industries to optimize their processes. And finally, the Emulsifying Cell has impressively high shear compared with other high shear mixers. Impacted by both velocity and length, this higher shear allows for significantly further reduced particles. As such, the Pion Emulsifying Cell should be the go-to equipment for any homogenizer needs.

Higher Amount of Energy Imparted

The central difference between high pressure homogenizers and high shear mixers, in addition to other such equipment, is the amount of energy transmitted on a product. This can be measured indirectly via pressure and particle size, as smaller particle sizes require higher pressure and therefore larger amounts of energy imparted into the product. Pion homogenizers have a maximum operating pressure of 3100 bar, which allows them to achieve impressively tight distributions of small particles in only 1-2 passes.

Equipment Flexibility to Meet Diverse Needs

Pion’s high-pressure homogenizer offers the user the autonomy to alter multiple factors, so as to accommodate various industries and products. For example, the maximum process intensity is 45,000 PSI, yet you may be working with a product that requires low intensity for a long period of time. Lowering the process intensity to your specifications is as simple as the turn of a dial. As noted above, Pion homogenizers can also achieve an impressively high operating pressure, which can also be easily adjusted. In addition, other mechanical forces with central roles in process effectiveness are built into the homogenizers and are easily alterable; these include cavitation, shear, and turbulence. In contrast, most high shear mixers do not have the option of adjusting many of these components. In fact, may homogenizers also don’t offer these options, which should impart the importance of selecting Pion over other brands and mixers.

The Pion Homogenizer Advantage

As you work to determine whether a high-pressure homogenizer or high shear mixer will be better suited for your laboratory, begin your search with Pion homogenization technology. We are globally recognized among laboratory managers and researchers for our high-quality products and excellent customer support. Cell lysis and particle size reduction are two of a variety of applications for our BEE homogenizers; nano/micro emulsions, lipids, suspensions, and dispersions are also easily achievable. Additionally, the homogenizer processes can be controlled to suit your product, which will allow you to customize to your cell type. And finally, the equipment is easy to use, produces higher yield in less time, and achieves results that are reproducible and scalable.

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