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In Line Blending and Homogenization Case Study

The Problem: Inefficient, Multi-step Process

One of our clients recently came to Sonic with a blending and homogenizing application. The client was taking inputs from totes and bulk storage and weighing them into 55-gallon drums. Once the correct ratio was achieved the material was mixed using a propeller mixer inside the 55-gallon drum. After mixing was completed the […]

High-Pressure Homogenizer – Design In Focus

One of the most important considerations for Sonic when custom building a Sonolator high pressure homogenizer system is the chemical compatibility of elastomers within the high pressure pumps and inline homogenizer unit itself. Standard elastomers often include: Buna, Viton, EPDM and Teflon or a Teflon blend.  Sonic will help define the best compounds to use […]

Homogenizer – My History with the Sonolator

In college I never thought I’d someday get involved with homogenizers, never-mind a homogenizer called a Sonolator!  Sure, I figured valves, pumps, flow meters, etc.  This was standard fare for process engineering after all. Homogenizers are a bit trickier and less well known.  Wikipedia defines them as such:

“Homogenizer”

A homogenizer is a piece of laboratory or industrial equipment used […]

The Problem with Purchasing Used Custom-Built Equipment

Occasionally, we receive an inquiry regarding used equipment.  The client might want to know the specifications for a system built 10-30 years ago. Sometimes, we have the records and can provide detailed specifications. Often, the unit is too old for our records and we can provide an educated guess as to the original design. Additionally, […]

Engineering Spotlight Video: In-line Blending

Sonic Corp specializes in the design and manufacture of in-line blending systems for blending miscible fluids on a continuous basis.  Most of our equipment solutions are customized to meet the challenges of a particular application.

Over the next few months we will be publishing several Engineering Spotlight videos on our YouTube channel.  These Spotlight videos will demonstrate […]

Homogenizers and Honeycomb Cereal?

I find it amazing how prevalent liquid mixing and homogenizing are in our everyday lives. These processes are needed, either directly or indirectly, in the making of everything from the clothing we slip on every morning to the Honeycomb cereal we eat for breakfast.

I’ll apologize now to all those modern-day, health-conscience eaters who might squirm […]