Mixers: Paddle Vs. Ribbon

by | Jul 2, 2020

When running a feed mill, you have two options when it comes to choosing a mixer: paddle mixers and ribbon mixers. This speaks to the shape of the paddles used in the mixing process. Both styles can be effective, but they are designed for different applications and uses in the feed processing industry. Learn more about the differences between these two types of mixers and how they can benefit your business.

Paddle Mixers

Paddle-shaped mixers tend to be the most efficient when it comes to the overall mixing time. They can mix an entire dry batch in just a few minutes. It typically takes much longer for conical and circular-shaped mixers to achieve the same results. For example, the Buhler SpeedMix uses pear-shaped paddles, much like the ends of traditional boat paddles. This limits the amount of empty space in the mixing chamber, while still maximizing efficiency.

Paddle mixers are also considered easier to maintain than other types of shapes. You can easily replace and adjust the position of your paddles. Use a paddle mixer for that gentle touch. Your ingredients will be gently pushed through the machine instead of spinning them around at high velocities.

Ribbon Mixers

Ribbon mixers use long twisted pieces of metal that spin the feed through the machine. This makes them the ideal when choice when it comes to getting rid of lumps. The mixer also uses a shearing action that may come in handy when adding liquids to your feed. However, the shearing may further grind down your feed, changing its shape and size.

Additionally, you may have to spend more time maintaining and cleaning the machine. Ribbon blades are harder to replace as they run up and down the entire length of the mixer. You may also have trouble cleaning in between the blades.

Ribbon and paddle mixers tend to be the most common options on the market, but both come with their fair share of pros and cons. Improve your approach to feed processing and contact the professionals at Halverson Company to learn more about feed mill construction.