How is your Lancaster mixer performing?

Are you noticing a drop in yields or inconsistencies in product quality?

This may be an indication that your high-speed rotor needs to be repaired or replaced.

The high-speed rotor is the primary mixing and pelletizing tool in industrial high shear mixers and in many ways,  it is the most utilized part of the machine.  But rotor wear is also a good leading indicator of your machine’s overall operating condition as it is a direct result of material processing.  Chances are, if the rotor is worn, there is other preventative maintenance to be done.

The images below show examples of rotor vane wear from an abrasive mix process over time.  As you can see, it is fairly easy to identify the degree of wear by simple visual inspection in between batches.  Rotor vanes exhibiting a loss in base metal should be replaced to maintain optimum batch yields and quality of end product.

Lancaster Products’  upgraded control systems are pre-programmed to alert the operator with a maintenance reminder when it’s time to inspect the rotor based on a predetermined interval of batch cycles to ensure that your Lancaster Mixer is performing at optimal levels.

NOTE: Because every material processed in our mixers is different, we encourage all machine operators to visually inspect the rotors with regularity, so the controls can be re-programed as needed to match the wear patterns in your process.

Not sure if your rotors need replacement?  Contact us today because the Certified Service Technicians at Lancaster Products are always available to assist with any on-site or remote diagnostics, repairs, and replacements of rotors or rotor vanes.

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Lancaster Products
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What Preventative Maintenance Will Prolong the Life of My Mixing Equipment?

Industrial mixers are built to run and withstand a great deal of abuse, however, regular preventive maintenance efforts can help keep your mixer running like new. The two most critical components that can affect the life of your mixer are lubrication and inspection of working tools. Below is an overview of the in-depth information provided in our full maintenance schedule available for download below.

 

Lubrication: Proper lubrication can encompass multiple areas on your mixer, not just the shaft seals of the mixing tool. Lubrication of all seals as well as drive gears, discharge valves and other locations where bearings are utilized is the best way to extend the life of your mixer. Automated lubrication systems on larger production mixers help maintain proper lubrication intervals, but regular visual inspection should be scheduled to assure the system is working properly.

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In January of 2020, Lancaster Products/Kercher Enterprises owner, Curt Snyder, acquired the assets of Bradley Pulverizer and we are thrilled to add over 130 more years of complementary industry experience to our 70+ years. While each will continue to operate as 3 separate businesses, we are already leveraging the benefits of the new acquisition. When Snyder first explored this opportunity he immediately identified 5 primary synergies between the businesses that would benefit from cross-company collaboration and improve efficiencies to benefit our organizations as well as our combined pool of clients.

In just a short amount of time a strategic plan has been instituted to align the best of all 3 companies with a focus on the following:

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    2. Overlap in Customers and Industries Served
    3. Expansion of Manufacturing and Fabrication Capabilities
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