The Ross X-Series Ultra-High Shear Mixer is ideal for products that require great uniformity in a dispersion or emulsion. This inline mixer is often used in processes wherein exceptionally narrow particle size distributions are desired within a single pass. The X-Series delivers more vigorous mixing, greater size reduction and higher throughput compared to conven, fruit tional colloid mills. In certain applications, even formulations that previously warranted a move to expensive high pressure homogenizers can now be successfully produced in an ultra-high shear mixer. Sample applications include flavor emulsions, salad dressings, sauces, spreads, condiments, gum dispersions pulps, syrups and beverages.
The X-Series generator (US Patent No. 5,632,596) consists of a precisely-machined stator with concentric rows of teeth and a matching rotor turning at tip speeds over 11,000 ft/min. Process fluid enters the center of the generator and accelerates outward through channels in the intermeshing teeth of the rotor/stator. This subjects the product to intense mechanical and hydraulic shear — and thousands of shearing events in a single pass.
Shown is the newest design “X-5” X-Series model. The rotor/stator gap can be controlled through an external shimming arrangement for fine-tuning shear input. Wetted parts are stainless steel type 316 polished to 150-grit finish. The standard mix chamber is designed for 150 psig internal pressure at 250oF. X-Series rotor diameters are offered in 3”, 6”, 9”, 12” and 15” for different throughput requirements.
A high-performance cartridge-type double mechanical seal with barrier system is supplied on all standard units. Options for gas seals, sanitary connections and mix chambers, heating/cooling jackets, and Hastelloy, titanium or hardened stainless steel rotor/stator sets are available. Services include no-charge mixing demonstrations, a flexible trial/rental program and optional factory acceptance testing.