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  • Scarborough, ME

    As a world leader in industrial mixer manufacturing, KADY International offers high-performance industrial mixing machinery including top and bottom entry batch mixers, high shear mixers and chemical mixers. Featuring a worldwide network of representatives and agents, we outreach other industrial mixer companies in consumer reach and accessibility and offers excellent customer service.

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  • Carol Stream, IL

    Frain Industries is the world’s largest provider of high quality processing machinery! We offer a wide variety of mixers based on the product and volume our customers require. Frain Industries offers mixers made of stainless steel and carbon steel! We have a skilled team of engineers and technicians that are able to design mixing solutions around your unique applications. Call us today or visit our website to learn more about our mixers!

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  • Hauppauge, NY

    Ross is a manufacturer of industrial mixing, blending and dispersion equipment since 1842. We offer sanitary, standard and custom equipment designed to meet the varied mixing requirements of our customers from virtually all the process industries. Our plants in the United States, China and India are all fully equipped with advanced engineering and production tools. In the US alone, we operate five plants and maintain an 8000-sq.ft. Test & Development Center. Call us or visit our website today!

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  • Londonderry, NH

    Admix, Inc. manufactures stainless steel mixing technologies & assists with tough mixing issues for a variety of markets. Choose from products such as basic mixers, Rotomaxx™ high torque mixers, BenchMix™ programmable lab mixers and a multitude of other innovative designs from Admix for your mixing needs. Our equipment meets 3-A, USDA-Dairy, AMS and AG-Canada hygienic & safety standards.

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  • Chicago, IL

    PerMix has been manufacturing mixing and blending equipment since 1954 for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmeceutical, food, and chemical industry. PerMix leads the industry in innovative, performance driven, Value Added Engineering mixing solutions of all types for all industries. With over 28 types of mixers, we lead the industry in mixing solutions when it comes to mixing powders, liquids, or pastes. The largest selection of mixers available of ANY brand in the industry.

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  • Marion, IA

    For more than 75 years, we have provided custom designed industrial mixing, drying, moving and controlling solutions for the food, plastics, minerals, chemicals, and biomass industries, manufactured to fit the specific requirements of one type of application- yours. It’s simple really, when you’re proud of your work, you sign your name to it. You’ll find it on everything we build. After all, it’s a Marion. Connect with us at or 800.397.6371.

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  • Carlstadt, NJ

    At ARDE Barinco, our goal is to help our clients mix, disperse, deagglomerate, grind and compound their high quality products in the shortest amount of time with the lowest operating and capital cost. Complete, up to date pricing for all standard mixers and spare parts is show on our website.

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Agitators Industry Information


An agitator is a type of mixer that deals with low-viscosity substances in low-shear applications. They can range in size from small agitators used in laboratories to large agitators used in industrial settings that are capable of holding up to 10,000 gallons. Their primary functions are ensuring substance uniformity and producing flow within a vessel. Therefore, the functions of agitators are secondary, and they serve as an aid to the mixing process.

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Applications of Agitators

Agitators can be found in applications such as the creation of household, commercial, and industrial products like liquid detergents and heating compounds. Common substances that agitators are used for include grease lubricants, adhesives, varnishes, inks, and paints.

Design and Function of Agitators

The process of agitation differs from mixing, in that agitation involves the designed and specific movement of a liquid, while in mixing, the movement is random and non-specific. Agitation keeps an already mixed solution in a state that is necessary for the final product. The component that powers an agitator is known as the impeller. The impeller is the component that adds force to the material being mixed. Examples of impellers include paddles, anchors, gates, turbines, propellers, and the blade located in the center of a washing machine.

Impellers fall under two categories: axial flow impellers, and radial flow impellers. Radial flow impellers apply a horizontal flow to the mixing process and are typically selected for elongated vessels and low-level mixing processes. Unlike their axial counterparts, radial flow impellers do not have a high turnover flow. Axial flow impellers implement an axial (up and down) flow pattern.

Common examples of axial impellers include:

This impeller works with liquids of viscosities up to 3,000 cps. One advantage of this type of impeller is the implementation of laminar flow – or the movement of the fluid particles in parallel layers – in order to reduce turbulence.
Pitch Blade
The most versatile of impellers, and are ideal for blending two or more liquids, and are capable of mixing liquids with viscosities up to 50,000 cps.

Marine-type propellers are often used on marine vessels. Benefits include cost and energy efficiency. However, they are not recommended for larger applications due to their price and weight. Marine-type propellers are ideal for mixing liquids with viscosities up to 5,000 cps.

For high-viscosity products such as polymers, adhesives, and grease lubricants, mixers with multiple agitators are used. These mixers contain several agitators that operate independently from one another and a flexible control system that allows for it to switch gears. This control system enables the machine and its operator to work with a fast-changing multitude of products, making it a recommended machine for companies that require a fast turnover time for products of different materials.

Benefits of Using Agitators

Technological advances are constantly being made in developing new mixing machines. The primary focus of this research has been toward the heat transfer, controls, power, and liquid induction and the overall design of the agitator. The newer designs of mixers allow for up to three different agitators to operate within one vessel during the processes of charging, mixing, and discharging the vessel’s ingredients. Each agitator can be independently powered and controlled by an electronic variable-speed drive. When a third agitator is added, the mixer’s functionality greatly increases. Two challenges that are commonly found in mixing are stratification (separation of liquids that are incapable of being mixed) and solid suspension (state of a solid of which its particles are capable of separation). Fortunately, the velocity of the mixer can be calculated in order to achieve the desired level of mixing.

Factors to Consider When Purchasing Agitators

Agitators are primarily used in liquids, as they do not work well with thicker, more viscous materials. Agitators in food mixing and industrial products can have similar configurations. Alternatively, they are available as removable rods that can be placed in a substance long enough to agitate it. Agitators can be used in conjunction with other mixing devices within a vessel. Outside of maintaining consistency, promoting heat transfer and producing flow, agitators do not have as much of a practical use. A variety of agitators are available, such as paddle agitators, gate agitators, anchor agitators, radial propeller agitators, propeller agitators, turbine agitators, and helical agitators. All of these types have their own advantages and disadvantages. For instance, some types require more power, and others work well with only certain types of substances. Therefore, it is important to take into consideration gravity, viscosity, and properties of the desired material, as well as the application for which the agitator will be used.

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Custom Design Process Vessels - Charles Ross & Son Company

Offering over 175 years of experience in designing and building process equipment, Ross is uniquely equipped to accept a wide range of custom fabrication projects – from simple jacketed vessels and agitated tanks to pressurized reactors and large tank farms.   Pictured is a 300-gallon vessel designed for 5 psi internal pressure at 300°F. Product wetted surfaces are stainless steel type 304L polished to 240-grit finish. The vessel is agitated by a special disperser blade driven to 1,150 rpm by a 75HP explosion-proof motor. The agitator shaft utilizes a mechanical... Read More About This