Lancaster Products has deep experience blending, mixing and pelletizing materials in the ceramics industry. Our High Shear Counter-Current Mixers excel in homogenizing powdered materials of different densities. Lancaster Products Mixers provide high-intensity mixer preparation of glazes for ceramics.
Our mixing action produces reduced process times and improved productivity, and produces a more homogeneous solution for glazes and other applications.
- Granulation of the raw material for improved quality and strength for pressed tile.
- Preparation of the slip for use in the casting process for sanitary ceramics and technical ceramics.
- Preparation of plastic bodies for extrusion and formable bodies.
- The ability to prepare the dry raw materials and the plastic body in a single mixer.
- Excellent distribution of additives even in very small quantities.
- Simple corrections in moisture when required.
- Reduced processing time allows higher throughput from a smaller machine.
Lancaster Mixers provide high intensity slip preparation for castable shapes. Our mixers result in reduced processing times versus the standard preparation in a blunger. Reduced aging times for the slip occur because of the high shear and desalination of the clay particles during processing. This results in the ability to cast the slip immediately after preparation without the typical 8-12 day aging period.
Lancaster Mixers are used extensively in ceramic proppant preparations that include the mixing of raw materials and the graduation of the materials for green pellet production. This process can be completed with clay-based proppants, fly ash based proppants and many other materials that can be fired into a final proppant product.
High Shear mixers are used in a wide variety of applications in many different industries. Finding the right blend and being able to produce the same mix consistently is the key to success at Highwater Clays, a clay and glaze supplier to the arts & crafts industry. The company has two locations with the main production center located in Ashville, North Carolina. Highwater Clays produces a wide range of clay bodies using fireclays, ball clays, kaolin, and stoneware clays. All the clay bodies consist of complex compositions and must be mixed into one reliable consistency.
We are excited to announce several recent improvements to the design of our low shear mixer product line. These mixers are often pushed beyond the limits of other mixers due to their widespread use in mixing dusty, abrasive, corrosive, highly viscous or explosive materials. The enhancements listed below were designed to improve the performance of our low shear mixers and to minimize maintenance and repair costs, which lowers the overall lifetime cost of ownership for our clients.
- Split drivetrain: pan and tooling on separate drives
The counter-rotating pan and tooling are now operating on separate drives allowing for individual control of tool and pan speeds. This simple split drive design provides increased flexibility to customize mixing recipes for different materials as compared to a single vertical shaft. Maintenance and trouble- shooting of issues relating to the pan or tooling also become easier.