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.
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.
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.