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.
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This is the third video in our lab and testing series. The Lancaster Products Lab is equipped with a production-sized K4 mixer to test and optimize mix recipes at full scale. In this video, we are testing a clay type of material for pelletization.
The K4 mixer introduces a third tool, the low-speed plow, which, along with the rotating pan, transports material to the high-speed rotor. You can see how the high shear counter-current movement creates a rolling action which agglomerates the materials into pellets. The K4 mixer has a bottom discharge; the plow allows for the rapid and complete evacuation of the mixing cavity. After the mixer is fully evacuated, the bottom discharge closes, and reseals ready for the next batch.
This is the second video in our lab and testing series. The Lancaster Products lab is equipped with a small production-sized K3 mixer to test and optimize mix recipes at a prototyping scale. In this video, we are testing a clay type of material for pelletization.
Looking inside of the mixing cavity, you see the counter-current mixing action. The pan rotates clockwise, and the high shear mixing tool spins counterclockwise. The mixing pan actively transports material to the primary mixing tool. Slowing the action down gives us a good view of how the Lancaster mixing action creates a tumbling that promotes agglomeration by rolling the particles much the same way as a snowball growing larger by rolling down a hill.