Lancaster Products High Shear Mixers are used for the batch preparation of various types of glass, such as sheet glass, bottle glass, automotive glass, artisan’s glass, and the high-precision, flat panel glass used in the majority of the world’s LCD and LED thin glass applications.
The Lancaster Mixer produces granulation of the raw glass batch materials. Granulation of the raw materials can result in reduced melting times in the furnace and an overall reduction of the energy required to melt the raw materials in the glass furnace. Granulation of raw materials can also reduce any demixing problems.
Advantages of Lancaster High Shear Mixers In The Glass Industry:
- Reduced mixing times
- Higher homogeneity of the end mixture
- Reduction in energy required from the melting furnace
- Reduced iron contamination due to the reduced wear in the mixer because of the rotating mixing pan used to transport the material into the mixing tool
- Consistent mixing of all raw materials, even when they have different densities, particle sizes and grain shapes
A cleaner glass batch preparation process can be produced with the Lancaster Mixer. Reduction of dust and easier handling and transport of the material is accomplished by mixing and blending the glass batch with water in the Lancaster Mixer prior to the introduction to the furnaces.
Lancaster Products Roll Crushers are used extensively by glass manufacturers to reduce recycled glass prior to reintroduction into the furnace. Our double roll crushers are designed to reduce, in a single pass, material previously requiring primary and secondary crushing for reintroduction into the production stream.
The high intensity mixing action produced by a Lancaster Mixer produces foam glass more efficiently than using a horizontal paddle style blender. This mixing process produces reduced process times and a higher quality mixture. The foam glass is typically used as a light weight aggregate in the building industry.
Synergies Between Lancaster Products, Bradley Pulverizer, and Kercher Industries Lead to Improved Efficiencies and Market Growth
In January of 2020, Lancaster Products/Kercher Enterprises acquired the assets of Bradley Pulverizer and we are thrilled to add over 130 more years of 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 Curt Snyder (owner) 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:
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.