Wherever liquids or powders need to be processed in industrial settings, mixers of an appropriate sort are likely to be found. Much of the work done by companies ranging from paint producers to food manufacturers and pharmaceutical concerns, in fact, involves mixing disparate substances until they come together in an appropriate way. There is a whole range of equipment that is used for these purposes, and it is some of the most important of all in terms of what it enables.

While industrial mixers of the fixed, permanent kind that most people think of are common, more specialized ones are equally so. One common kind of specialized mixing device, for example, is the tote mixer, a special attachment that can be used with containers of virtually any kind. What a mixer of this kind allows for is mixing within the vessels that a given liquid or powder would already normally be transported and stored in. That results in less overall work, often increasing efficiency and productivity quite significantly.

Another common kind of specialized mixing equipment is the autoclave mixer. An autoclave is a special kind of oven that combines heat with high pressure as a way of effectively sterilizing whatever is put inside of it. Those conditions, of course, can be just as hostile to industrial equipment as to the microbes they are designed to target. A mixer of this kind, then, is designed and built to withstand the treatment an autoclave supplies, allowing it to be sterilized securely and quickly. Mixers of this type are invaluable in a whole range of fields, from food production to pharmaceutical research.

Even for the more common kinds of mixers found in industrial settings, too, there are typically many options and variations. For example, the choice of tank material can have an impact on everything from mixer price to performance, so making good decisions of this sort is always important. Even different kinds of mixing blades and implements can be more suited to one task or another, with fine tuning often being required. Although the work of mixing is, in some ways, fundamentally simple, then, the fact is that there is an incredible variety of equipment used to do it every day.