Core Series

Industrial Lab Mixer


Process: Mix

Custom Options Utilized

The unique combination of Marion's process knowledge, our client's needs, and these custom options made this configuration possible. What can we design for you?

At Marion Process Solutions, we take pride in being the only horizontal mixing and blending company that is 3-A authorized. We are committed to providing an efficient sanitary solution, with sanitary finishes and fits as well as 3-A certified incidental contact zones.

Marion’s paddle agitator is designed for gentle mixing of solids of dissimilar size, shape, density, and viscosity. Materials travel in a 3D figure-eight pattern, constantly pulling from the end of the mixer to the middle for consistent mixing of product. Our paddle agitators can work effectively down to 20% of rated capacity, and are available welded, bolted, or a combination of both depending on the application.

Ribbon agitators are ideal for low-density, free-flowing materials that are of like size, shape, and density. The greater shearing action of an industrial ribbon mixer is a good fit for mixes with small agglomerates as well. The inner and outer ribbons of the Marion double ribbon agitator move product from end to end in opposite directions, blending by rolling material back and forth. The continuous helix of our double ribbon mixing solution has no gaps between flightings, providing uninterrupted product flow and eliminating the potential for pockets of unmixed or undermixed material.

For the most demanding applications, Marion offers innovative welded/bolted configurations. Replaceable paddle blades provide flexibility to account for routine wear, while welded arms allow for enhanced cleanability. Our heavy-duty welded and bolted agitator design is advantageous for abrasive applications and materials where frequent wear is a concern and thorough clean-out is required.

Marion offers fluidizing paddle mixers for fast and gentle mixing. The fluidizing agitator uses large paddles with dual-directional sweeping movements, creating a fluidizing bed within the mixer. Direct contact with paddles is minimized as material is swept by moving air continually pushed both outwards and inwards in fluid mixing movements. The fluidizing mixer design is ideal for delicate materials, offering fast processing, low maintenance and easy cleaning. Food-grade finishes are available to meet sanitary design requirements.

At Marion, we offer innovative and durable SealGuard™ air supply manifold technology to prevent costly seal damage. Acting as an insurance policy that ensures air pressure is on and flowing to the seals prior to mixing, it is a simple yet effective component of preventive maintenance that will ensure your industrial mixer is performing optimally.

Staying competitive in today’s world requires intelligence in and on all fronts. That’s why Marion Process Solutions has invested in an expert team of talent to create intelligent solutions through smart controls. iNCONTROL™ is much more than a control system capability. It’s a toolbox of resources and knowledge that will take your machine to the next level of performance. Your smart resource from day one.  At a minimum, all control packages include:

  • An enclosure with a NEMA or IEC rating depending on the application
  • A lockable service disconnect suitable for lock-out/tag-out devices
  • Fuse or circuit breaker protection
  • E-stop and safety limit switch circuitry where applicable

Custom is what we do, and our covers are no exception.  Doors, inlets, dust collection vents, threaded temperature probes and pressure relief ports are just a few of the endless ways our covers can be configured to meet your needs.  It all starts with safety and ergonomics.  Hinged doors that provide full-width access can be counter balanced and/or counter weighted, as well as cylinder actuated for easy opening.  The doors and safety grates located underneath are guarded by electrical interlock switches to prevent unsafe use.  

  • Shaft mounted with torque arm for precision alignment
  • Helical cut gears for speed and torque conversion
  • Dual tapered bushings for simplified maintenance
  • Cast iron body for rugged industrial applications
  • TEFC or explosion proof frame construction
  • Direct drive options configurations for industrial to sanitary applications- no belts, pulleys or excessive maintenance
  • High locked rotor torque for starts under load
  • Inverter duty for variable frequency drives if required
  • Motors designed for sanitary requirements

A superior product may be achieved by installing a chopper that provides the ability to blend and disperse in one operation. Mounted through the sides of the mixer trough, the agitator continually brings material into the chopper zone while mixing. Various styles of cutting edges on the intensive 3600 rpm chopper blades rip apart and circulate lumps and agglomerates, break up liquid-rich shot balls, open matted fibrous materials, and distribute pigments. Sample chopper applications include:

  • Mixing agglomerated pigments into plastic powder by dispersing the pigment and developing the color
  • Mixing resin into compacted asbestos, synthetic fiber, or fiberglass by allowing the resin uniformly penetrate and coat the fiber matrix
  • Blending blocks of solid shortening (or liquid shortening) into bakery mixes  PVC resins, oily plasticizers, fillers and pigments
  • Blending dry pharmaceutical preparations with thick liquid binders to break up liquid-rich lumps and coat particles to produce a homogenous, compactable mix
  • Dispersing colored pigments into grout/cement mixes

Suitable for steam, hot oil or water, our ASME code rated jackets with optional external insulation provide a reliable solution for products that need to be heated or cooled during the mixing process.

  • With the addition of heat, a mixer can be used to cook, dry or create a chemical reaction.
  • When cooling, the benefits include chilling, freeze drying or the ability to stabilize a chemical reaction.
  • Marion Process Solutions has experience in working with applications that require temperature ranges from +600ºF to -20ºF.

When you need to add product to the mixer in a unique way, our liquid manifolds, shortening presses, liquid pumping units, and nitrogen blanket inlet ports can be the answer to your problem.  

Accurate batch sizes are a snap when utilizing integral load cells.

  • Industry-leading suppliers available
  • Value added integration allowing for batch weight consistency and process validation
  • Ability to incorporate with control package and have multiple cell readouts for ease of operation.

Marion seals feature:

  • Air-purged single and double-lip options
  • Superior performance over rope packing
  • Disassembled, cleaned and re-installed within 5 minutes
  • Less expensive than mechanical designs

Marion Style “F” 6” diameter adjustable seal housing assembly

  • Easily disassembled seal housing provides access for cleaning and maintenance
  • Minimized pocket size inside mixing vessel for reduced material build-up
  • All pneumatic components plumbed and regulated
  • Offers proven quality over rope packing seals and are less expensive than mechanical seal designs
  • Advantage of seal disassembly, cleaning and re-installation in less than 10 minutes
  • Proprietary to Marion Process Solutions

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