Homogenizing

Homogenizing

The process of homogenizing requires the break down of particle sizes to create a uniform emulsion or suspension. Particles or droplets must be reduced in size and be evenly distributed within some liquid medium. The Sonolator homogenizer achieves outstanding homogenization of fluids and de-agglomeration of solids through:

  • Fluid Acceleration
  • Extreme Ultrasonic Cavitation
  • Turbulent Flow

The Sonolator does not require mechanical shear and uses no moving parts to achieve excellent homogenizing results. No moving parts means better scalability from pilot to production floor.

homogenizer orifice accelerating fluid

Many homogenizer manufacturers use a high-pressure pump that is built into a cumbersome casing with motor and belted connection. Attached to the outside of this clunky shell is a spring-loaded variable mixing valve that functions like a relief valve, generating back -pressure.  This spring-loaded valve mixing concept allows for some variability as the spring continuously opens and closes, albeit unnoticeable to the naked eye. This variability leads to variable results which then requires higher and higher pressures to make emulsions.  

Other homogenizer designs tend to be of the rotor-stator high shear type that rely on mechanical shear to homogenize and given the fact that you can only turn something so fast, there are limits to its effectiveness. These types are also difficult to scale up because you quickly see that RPM and horsepower start to become your enemy as the amount of material you need to process increases.

The Sonolator homogenizes by using a fixed Orifice specially engineered to optimize shear along it’s very sharp edges.  There is less variability this way.  Added to this is a fixed Blade that subjects the high velocity fluid to extreme cavitation, further obliterating droplets and agglomerates!  By not having a spring-loaded mixing element and by not using mechanical shear or moving parts, scalability becomes a non issue and quality results can be achieved at lower pressures and lower energy costs.  To make homogenizing our way even more attractive is the fact that we do not disguise the PD pump element in some obtrusive case.  Instead, we use any of a variety of PD pumps to match fluid viscosity or hygiene needs.  As a final innovation, the Sonolator homogenizer is adaptable to high-pressure multiple-feed homogenizing, where several process streams can be accurately metered at ratio to combine in our mixing chamber to make emulsions instantly.  This means a reduction in tank usage as water and bulk materials can be metered from their sources rather than be tanked in a premix vessel.  It also means hot and cold streams can be metered simultaneously, thereby reducing