Ribbon Blenders: The Right Tool For Your Blending Job?


When it comes to blending, it is important to understand which type of blender is best for fulfilling your needs. From ribbon blenders to jacketed blenders, each type of blender excels in certain areas. So, when choosing a blender that can take on your job, consider each type of blenders strengths and weaknesses.

At Howard Industries, we specialize in blending both solid and liquid products, so you can count on us to recommend the best blending and blender options for your job.

For many jobs, ribbon blenders are the most common mixing device due to their versatility. Ribbon blenders can be used to mix thousands upon thousands of products and chemicals across all different industries, ranging from food to packaging.

How A Ribbon Blender Works

Ribbon blenders get their name from the ribbon agitator that makes up part of their design. A U-shaped horizontal trough makes up the rest of the structure of a ribbon blender. The ribbon agitator within the blender is made up of a set of inner and outer helical blades.

These blades work with each other to ensure the most thorough blend possible. As the outer ribbon moves material toward the center of the trough, the inner ribbon moves that same material toward the outside of the trough. Moving at speeds of about 300 fpm, materials are moved laterally and radially in a shorter time period than other blenders.

As you can tell, the design of a ribbon blender is relatively simple. The simplistic design is part of the reason why ribbon blenders are a popular choice for a wide variety of blending jobs. Not only does a simple design equal relatively easy maintenance, it also means they are rather easy to build as well.

The Best Jobs For Ribbon Blenders

For agricultural jobs, ribbon blenders can be used to blend fertilizers and food products. On the consumer end of things, ribbon blenders can also be used to blend household goods like cosmetics. Your options are nearly endless when it comes to products that can be blended with a ribbon blender.

How Can Howard Industries Help?

What was once a simple matter of matching your drive and ribbon design to the bulk density of your product, is now just the first step to completing a blending job. You also now need to consider materials, seals, packing, discharge valves, etc. Each option will affect blending productivity. The large variety of choices you can now make when it comes to ribbon blenders helps to boost productivity.

We know this can be a lot to take in, especially if you are thinking to yourself, “All I want is a consistent and quality blend within my price range”. That’s where Howard Industries comes in. With over 53 years of experience in blending, we can advise you on the entire blending process from blender choice to which design will be the most beneficial for your job and budget.

Beyond blending, Howard Industries can solve every single one of your product processing needs. Post-blending, our team of experts can package your freshly blended material to your exact specifications, letting you focus your time and resources on building your business and reaching new customers.