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  • Many industrial processes require the incorporation of dry powders into liquids. Unfortunately, the powder induction phase is among the trickiest of steps in any such process. To say that powders often resist hydration and smooth mixing is an understatement. Difficulties with powder incorporation...
  • Some would argue that perfection is an unattainable ideal. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive for it. When it comes to beer, the path to perfection begins with the brewing process. Many factors impact the final product, from the quality of the ingredients, the provenance of the hops and...
  • Homogenization is a fundamental process that underpins the production of many popular foods. Generally speaking, homogenized and/or fortified food products benefit from improved aesthetic properties — including enhanced appearance, flavor and/or “mouth feel,” as well as better...
  • Technically, mixing various components to achieve suitable foods, cosmetics, topical creams or lotions, etc., can be achieved using technology as primitive as a mortar and pestle. In reality, today’s highly homogenized, often emulsified products require the type of mixing that can only be...
  • It’s estimated that pet-loving consumers will spend a whopping $75 billion on pet food in 2019. That’s a few billion more than customers spent in 2018. The trend in pet food expenditures has steadily climbed for more than two decades. One can glean at least two key takeaways from these statistics:...
  • Confectionery manufacturers who transition from ordinary batch mixing equipment to more efficient high shear homogenizers typically realize significant savings. While not inexpensive, this superior mixing technology may improve your bottom line by reducing waste and boosting raw ingredient yields....
  • In 2016, the personal care and cosmetics industries generated more than $80 billion in the lucrative U.S. market alone. By 2020, that number is expected to skyrocket to nearly $97 billion. Clearly, there’s substantial money to be made by selling beauty, comfort and skincare products. And speaking...
  • Viscosity is the property of a given liquid that describes its resistance to flow. A highly viscous fluid tends to be thick, like honey or cold maple syrup. Compared to a relatively nonviscous fluid, such as water, highly viscous liquids flow much more slowly. Of course, when you add energy, in the...
  • “Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge What could be more basic than water? It’s a fundamental component of all life. Ubiquitous, ordinary and extraordinary, it’s the universal solvent. Yet it’s immiscible with lipids. Its boiling and freezing points are...
  • Emulsions represent a sort of chemistry magic trick. Everyone knows that oil and water do not mix. Pour olive oil in some vinegar, for example, and watch as they separate into two distinct layers (also known as phases). They refuse to intermingle. Yet through a bit of physiochemical sleight of...