In processing plants around the world, ribbon blenders are used to mix many
thousands of products, from fertilizers and plastic resins to flavored coffees and
cosmetics. The ribbon blender is one of the most common mixing devices in
service today, because it is one of the most versatile and cost-efficient mixers ever
created. Its simple design makes it relatively easy to build. Simplicity also
ensures easy maintenance.
But during the last few years, business conditions have changed in many
industries. Competitive pressures have mounted worldwide to increase
production, reduce waste, and improve end-product quality and consistency.
Suddenly process managers are finding that the "common" ribbon blender isn't so