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About Rob Brakeman

Owner & Director

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 […]

SLES Dispersal Case Study

SLES 70 is a surfactant system used widely in the personal care industry to make shampoos, conditioners, body washes, detergents, soaps and more.  SLES 70 almost always needs to be dispersed and diluted into water prior to use.  What is the best method to disperse this SLES 70 into water?  Like anything else there are […]

What Are the Differences in Positive Displacement Pumps

The world of positive displacement pumps is very large and growing. As a manufacturer of custom process skids and pumping skids, I often get questions about the various types of pumps out there. We have to be familiar with a large variety of high-pressure pump technologies in order to design a system that will emulsify or homogenize fluids. […]

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