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Shampoo, Conditioner & Handcream Manufacturing

Manufacture of shampoos, conditioners, and creams by dispersing high viscosity thickeners

There are many different types of shampoo, conditioners, and cream available, each designed for a specific hair or skin type. These include 2-in-1 shampoos, conditioners for color-treated hair, dandruff treatments, and products with UV and SPF protection.

The typical manufacturing process for shampoos

  • Dispersion of Carbopol, HPMC, Xanthan Gum (powders are high viscosity thickeners, highly hydrophilic, and difficult to disperse without fisheyes), flake wax, and other minor ingredients into water and/or alcohol
  • Typical batch size 6000L
  • High capacity, single-pass dispersion into the water and/or alcohol.

Quadro's Approach to Manufacturing Shampoo, Conditioner, Handcream

  • ZC3 Powder Disperser with liquid feed from water supply line for single pass powder incorporation and dispersion. Powders are manually dumped into the hopper from a mezzanine
  • Full flow ball valve to ensure the mass flow of powders in the hopper
  • The pressure gauge on the discharge to monitor pressure on the discharge line.

Quadro Ytron® ZC Powder Disperser Advantages

  • Rapid incorporation & dispersion of solids during the liquid fill cycle
  • Powder incorporation time was reduced to less than 1 hour. Total batch time was reduced from 72 to 8 hours. The previous method included dumping the powders into the vessel and mixing using a 3-blade pitch impeller resulting in baseball size lumps and 'fish-eyes'
  • Less air entrainment
  • Improved product consistency from batch to batch
  • Increase in viscosity. Single-pass processing eliminates over-processing common with conventional mixers preserving the rheological properties of shear-sensitive products
  • Instant dissolution of wax flakes at a reduced temperature. Reduced from 85 to 67°C results in reduced cooling time
  • Did not have to expand the manufacturing facility to increase production and they were able to eliminate mix tanks to free up manufacturing space
  • With the reduced batch times, they can now produce the products as ordered and reduce inventory and warehouse demands and still meet their 3-day delivery requirements
  • Comments from end-user: impressive features include "speed & versatility". "Draw less air into the product". "The ZC3 is a remarkable piece of equipment"

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Posted by Matt Baumber


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