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  • Food and beverage production is big business, with big profits at stake. America’s groceries are seemingly bright, happy places. Don’t be fooled, though. Margins are notoriously thin, and competition for shelf space is fierce. Like some Darwinian landscape, survival accrues to the fittest. In the...
  • Have you ever wondered how makeup is made? Cosmetics are big business. In North America alone, we spend about $35 billion annually on mascara, foundation, lipstick and all the rest. Clearly, the art of artifice sells. However, the former popularity of lead and mercury used in makeup underscores...
  • Proper mixing is a bit like alchemy. Is it an art? A science? Or a little of both, with a hint of magic thrown into the mix? Despite efforts to share facts about the high shear mixing process, certain mysteries and myths still pervade the industry. Efficient mixing is arguably a bit of an art...
  • Ordinary agitation-type mixers essentially rely on mechanical stirring to blend two or more substances. Most of these inherently “low shear” devices are capable of reliably performing simple mixing jobs well. Yet their effectiveness largely depends on the viscosity and certain other properties of...
  • The Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) is an ambitious federal project launched in 2015 and ramping up to full steam in 2016. Its intention is to help researchers learn more about early signs of disease. President Obama and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) hope this information will...
  • The Quadro Ytron® ZC makes quick work of incorporating difficult-to-disperse ingredients. The ZC excels at powder dispersion — the integration of difficult-to-wet granular solids into a liquid stream. Thanks to its unique engineering, the Ytron® ZC accomplishes this difficult dispersion/...
  • In-tank mixing is still a popular method for the bulk processing of liquids on industrial scales. Unfortunately, in-tank mixers often cause processing bottlenecks, especially when thickeners and other rheology modifiers must be incorporated into the mix. Needless to say, time is money, and...
  • When we eat whole foods, the body has to work to break these foods down into their simplest constituents. Of course, the process begins with chewing, but it also involves the activity of various enzymes, followed by the time spent in the harsh crucible of the stomach where potent hydrochloric...
  • Take a trip down the aisles of any grocery, department store or big-box retailer and you’re likely to encounter a wide range of consumer products that more or less define us as an early 21st-century civilization. We are a society of avid consumers, with an insatiable need for items of every...
  • All signs point to growing interest in “naturally functional” beverages among consumers. These are products that incorporate purported health benefits from natural foods into convenient, ready-to-consume drinks. Consumers are increasingly savvy about nutrition, and there’s clear interest in...