High Shear Mixer solutions for Pesticides and Herbicides
Pesticides and herbicides are familiar to any home owner and although the application may vary considerably, the manufacturing process is often similar from one product to the next. The material often consists of a liquid base with an active ingredient suspended in it. The formulation may also contain a number of other additives including wetting agents, suspending agents, anti-foam, etc. The solids are dispersed into the base liquid and the mixture is then milled until a desired particle size is achieved (this is often <5m m for spraying applications). The product is then either sent directly to packaging or to a spray dryer. The challenges to the manufacturer are to produce a consistent product with the appropriate particle size distribution, while maintaining safety for employees (the active ingredients are often toxic to humans). IKA® Works’ experience in this industry allows customers to partner with a company capable of addressing all of the above concerns.
ADVANTAGES OF IKA® WORKS MIXERS FOR MANUFACTURING PESTICIDES & HERBICIDES
- Reduced employee exposure to toxins. IKA® Works manufactures sealed systems, which allow customers to add toxic materials directly to their product without any operator contact.
- Reduced process time. Traditional methods often require long agitation times to ensure a complete and uniform dispersion of all ingredients and reduction of any agglomerates. IKA® Mixers utilize rotor / stator technology (see Tech Info) to ensure an instantaneous and uniform dispersion, while breaking down any agglomerates that may form. Further, plants traditionally utilized media mills to ensure proper particle size reduction of the finished product. This process was energy intensive and time consuming. IKA® Mixers are capable of milling solids to <5m m in a fraction of the time required by traditional techniques.
- Reduced capital costs. The modular design of the IKA® Works 2000 Series allows customers to tailor the mixer to their process, while enjoying the cost benefits of economies of scale.
IKA® MIXERS SUITABLE FOR MANUFACTURING PESTICIDES AND HERBICIDES