High-Performance Mixing Systems in Pharma & Food

In this article, we looked at the growing demands for mixing performance from 21st Century manufacturers

Here we focus on three recent examples of applications where Greaves has developed and delivered high-performance mixing systems for our customers…..

1. Contract manufacturer of healthcare and pharmaceuticals

Greaves client is a volume manufacturer of gels, lotions and creams. As a trusted manufacturing partner of major healthcare and pharmaceutical brands, hygiene and bio-security are of prime importance, alongside the ability to switch products rapidly and ensure consistent quality.

The solution – A 3000L CosMix System featuring:

  • Vacuum degassing & pressurised reactor
  • 4 fixed mixing tools – homogeniser, disperser, incorporator and helical anchor scraper
  • Fully isolated heating & cooling jacket
  • Direct injection of powders and liquids
  • Multi-jet high-intensity cleaning system
  • Touchscreen programme controller

4 alternative mixing tools permanently installed

Overview of the system in operation

2. Veterinary healthcare and pharmaceuticals

Greaves client specialises in the manufacture of veterinary pharmaceutical products> Prior investment with Greaves they had experienced problems shelf life and product quality and experienced particular problems with emulsion instability and processing heat sensitive products.

The solution – A 1000L ViscoShear System featuring:

  • Electro-hydraulic removal of mixing tools for easy cleaning & batch change
  • Interchangeable/portable vacuum degassing & pressurised reactor
  • 2 installed mixing tools – High-shear homogeniser and helical anchor scraper
  • Fully isolated heating & cooling jacket
  • Multi-jet high-intensity cleaning system
  • Touchscreen programme controller

3. Premium Chocolatier

Greaves client manufacturers premium quality chocolates and confectionery.

Batch volumes are low to medium but have a high value and products are often very sensitive to excess heat resulting in historically high levels of waste.

Product changes are frequent, so the client required a system to facility rapid batch switching.

The solution – A 400L ViscoShear System featuring:

  • Electro-hydraulic removal of mixing tools for easy cleaning & batch change
  • 2 installed mixing tools – High-speed disperser and anchor scraper
  • Quick release, easy clean scraper blade system
  • Fully isolated heating & cooling jacket
  • Spray ball high-intensity cleaning system
  • 0.5Ra polished 316L stainless steel free of residue traps
  • Touchscreen programme controller
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