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26 March 2021

Lab Mixer for Development and Small-Scale Production

With its L series, Lödige Process Technology offers laboratory mixers that combine the typical Lödige mixing quality with sophisticated equipment and ergonomic design.

The machines were designed for development tasks and small-scale production in the food industry and related branches. They are available in several sizes with drum volumes between 5l and 50l. Consistent use of proven standard components pays off in the form of high mixing quality at an attractive price.

A broad range of applications in product and process development can be covered with the L series of lab mixers. In particular, they enable the processing of powdery, granular and fibrous components, the addition of liquids for moisturising, granulating and coating, the processing of fragile materials without destroying their structure and the incorporation of fats, lecithin and similar into the mixture.

As Ploughshare batch mixers, the laboratory machines operate according to the mechanically-generated, fluidised bed principle introduced by Lödige to industrial mixing to generate a mechanical fluid bed. Equipped with mixing impellers that are geared to the respective task, they deliver top quality mixtures that are always reproducible. The mixer shaft is unilaterally mounted. The machines of the L series consist of a basic module and three interchangeable mixing drums with volumes of 5l, 10l or 20l. The housing fits all three drum sizes, ensuring a high degree of flexibility.

The stainless steel housing was designed to fully enclose all technical elements of the slim, standardised machines. In addition to the standard version on rollers, it is also available as a tabletop model. Optional equipment includes a double jacket for heating and cooling, a dust-free feeding hopper and sealing solutions for shaft feedthrough and discharge flaps.

Ploughshare® Mixer type L 1 – the smallest machine in company history

A special addition to the L series is the Ploughshare® laboratory mixer type L 1. The smallest machine in the company’s history has a drum volume of only 1l and is specially designed for the unique requirements of high-containment applications. The compact Ploughshare® laboratory mixer is perfect for creating exceptionally complex dry mixtures.

These powdered substances can be extremely sensitive, extremely expensive or even extremely hazardous to health and the environment. That is why Lödige has developed a design that meets containment conditions thanks to a gas-tight isolation unit, also referred to as a ‘glove box’. This means that the mixer can only be operated and serviced within a glass safety housing using integrated gloves.

For this reason, the machine must be designed to meet special requirements and the mini-mixer meets all of them in full. Thanks to its small drum and an angle drive, it is incredibly compact. At the same time, it is consistently easy to operate. Moreover, all components are easy to remove, meaning that particularly wear parts, which must be inserted into the glovebox through an airlock, are easy to replace and reinstall.

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