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Rob Brakeman

About Rob Brakeman

Owner & Director

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 […]

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 […]

Homogenizer Case Study – Pharmaceutical Eye Ointment

The Problem: Undesired Particles in Eye Ointment Carrier Medium

A pharmaceutical company approached Sonic with an eye ointment production issue — the ointment, while effective, had very small particles in the carrier medium. This meant that the patient using the ointment would feel the small particles.  This sensation is similar to the feeling of having something […]

What is In Line Blending?

In many instances, in-line blending means the act of liquid processing in a pipeline as fluid is pumped from point A to point B.  The equipment that handles this process is called a static mixer.

Static mixers mount inside a pipe and are installed after some pumping mechanism […]

Holidays at Sonic Corporation

Every year around this time, Sonic employees are very aware of how our manufacturing shop is progressing. No doubt the rest of the year we all pay attention to the production in our shop. However, this time of year is special. According to the owner/director of Sonic, Rob Brakeman, if all the work is completed […]