Lancaster Products offers a unique and valuable High Shear Mixer Rental Program for materials processors who are considering the purchase of a high shear mixer to satisfy their production needs.  Rental mixers allow customers to try out the Lancaster Mixer in their own facility to determine if it is the right equipment for the customer needs before making an investment to purchase.  Rental mixers allow for an extended testing period and play a critical role in defining required specifications and fine tuning the process to improve performance for outcomes such as increased yields, reduced mix times, reduction in additives, and overall increases in efficiencies.  Moreover, rental mixers are an excellent, cost effective way to compare results of existing equipment lines against a Lancaster Mixer to determine performance improvements and calculating Return on Investment with real world data.

lancaster-products-high-shear-mixer-rentalsHow does short term rental equipment solve the need for long-term continual processing applications?  The methodology behind the science of materials processing closely follows the scientific method: start with a hypothesis–>test it–>observe and record–>modify–>test–>repeat until the final result is reached.  As a result, the majority of new projects presented to the Engineers at Lancaster Products must be proven in physical testing before they are ready for mass production, which means our involvement goes beyond taking the order for a mixer and manufacturing it to meet the mechanical specifications.  Most projects start with small batch testing in a K1 Mixer at the Lancaster Products testing facility.  This is where theories are proven and formulations are developed.  But, scaling up from small batch processing to large production runs doesn’t necessarily follow a linear scale so additional testing in a production sized mixer is recommended.

To ensure optimal performance we recommend to ramp up testing on a production sized mixer (K4 or larger)  to simulate a in the field production environment.   While Lancaster Products can test at its facility it is even better if these test runs are performed on-site over a period of time so other factors related to the equipment itself such as footprint, size, location, electric and air, etc. can be evaluated as well.  It is during these test runs that unanticipated issues are often flushed out, thus helping in both the proof of concept of the process itself as well as any equipment modifications that may be required to fit the needs of the application.

Lancaster Products offers a variety of equipment rental possibilities.  We have a fleet of mixers in a variety of sizes from K1 (.9 cubic ft. pan) to K5 (40 cubic ft. pan) that is ready for use by any company looking to run sample processing on-site in their own facility.  While we offer rental terms of various durations, most tend to be short term.

Contact us to learn more about rental options

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Proof of Concept Testing in Lancaster K1 Lab Mixers

Lancaster Products is dedicated to optimizing our customers’ mixing processes and recipes. This 3 part video series will focus on our on-site lab and testing capabilities. In this first video, we demonstrate proof of concept testing with a chicken litter material for a fertilizer product.

We use our K1 lab mixer during these initial tests. We load the K1 mixer with the test material and then program the steps and feeds. After the mixer begins, we add a liquid binder to it to allow the material to agglomerate into granules or larger pellets.

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Rotary Table Feeders Turn Batch Processing to Continuous Batch Processing

Rotary table feeders act as a critical piece of equipment in Lancaster Mixers continuous batch processing lines. They provide a mechanical conduit to continuously meter and feed materials from each batch of material processed to the next process in line. The cone and cylinder over the table is used as a surge hopper to temporarily store the material batch while the table feeder continuously discharges the material. Their role may seem simple compared to the processing equipment they’re connected to, but is significant to maintaining continuous throughput and ensuring overall system performance.

Lancaster Products’ high shear mixers process materials in batches which allows for tight control over the physical properties of the end product and thus, higher on-size, homogeneous yields. Most batches are processed completely and ready for discharge in a matter of minutes. By positioning a Lancaster rotary table feeder under the mixer’s discharge chute and feeding product downstream to the next piece of equipment, the batch processing is converted to a continuous process.

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