Research and development of industrial mixers

Industrial mixing requires extensive knowledge, experience, and research to be able to apply it correctly; both for simple processes such as homogenization, flocculation, and coagulation, as well as for more complex processes such as fermentation or the suspension of solids.

At CFG Mixers we take data analysis very seriously, therefore we use software that allows us to design reliable industrial mixers that are adapted to the needs of each specific task.

What is research and development?

Research and development (R&D) is a term that refers to all the systematic activities used to obtain knowledge, which allows creating better products, services, processes, and technologies. This must be based on scientific methods for the results to be accurate.

In our case, through cutting-edge technology, research, and development we can carry out the task of creating industrial agitators that are efficient in any industry.

Design of new models

At CFG Mixers it is a priority to have devices that can meet the needs of our customers in each process.

How do we design the new models?

This is where the research and development department plays a critical role since it is in charge of locating new opportunities, technologies, and everything that helps to create quality systems.

Therefore, designing a new device is an exhaustive process, in which a series of requirements have to be met, such as: carrying out key studies, where applications are taken into account to define characteristics, and carrying out CFD simulations and experimental tests, to determine the details of each new geometry.

Mathematical models

With the results of the studies and simulations, a mathematical model is generated to obtain the operating parameters. Additionally, this enables information management and allows automatic calculations to be carried out using dedicated software.

All of this is done during the designing stage since it allows the following values to be obtained immediately:

  • Power values.
  • Stress and resistance values of materials.
  • Operating parameters.

With our mathematical model, we carry out software simulations and experimental tests. Thus, the results obtained must match or have a minimum difference, so that in this way we obtain a mathematical model with precise values, automating the processes each time new equipment is manufactured.

Constant development of agitation software

The research team is constantly developing tools that allow us to offer a product suited to the needs of the industry and its evolution.

One of the main tools we use is our own calculation software, used by the technical and commercial team to carry out complex mathematical operations automatically.

Which are its benefits?

  • Speed up customer service.
  • Facilitates the design and manufacturing process.
  • Guarantee quality and eliminate human errors.
  • Helps to verify the reliability of the equipment.
  • Helps to verify stirring parameters and ratios.

This software is constantly updated, to add new mathematical models under development, and to improve the existing ones. As well as integrating technological breakthroughs in processes and materials.

All this adds up to the best experience when acquiring a piece of mixer equipment, and the results are immediately perceived.

Industrial agitation simulations

We use high-tech simulation tools for the mathematical development and design of our industrial mixers.

What is a simulation? Abbreviated, it is a recreation of any activity in the real world, through the use of technology and mathematical operations.

Thanks to simulations we can experiment, test different hypotheses and verify if they are viable in the real world.

This way, we can obtain a better approximation of the operation of industrial equipment before its manufacture, and know if it meets the parameters required by our client’s application.

Simulation of fluid behavior and mechanical resistance

CFD Simulations

What is CFD?

But what is CFD? It is “Computational Fluid Dynamics”, a software specialized in simulating the behavior of fluids, mechanical resistance, and thermal and mass transfer.

With the assistance of high-performance computers (and depending on the characteristics of the industrial process) CFD performs millions of mathematical calculations to solve each of the problems related to fluids, and thus provide data with a minimum margin of error.

Why is CFD important?
  • The mathematical equations of fluid dynamics are extremely complicated, so it is more reliable and efficient to do it through software.
  • The computational method of CFD is more accurate than the simple analytical one and less expensive than the experimental one.
  • The results obtained are very detailed, which allows optimizing and exploring different possibilities.
  • It enables the visualization of the operation and performance of industrial mixers before manufacturing.
  • Thanks to its calculations, we can perfect the intensity-consumption ratio of all our agitators.

VPS suspension

HPS Homogenization of tequila

VPS Homogenization of honey

Industrial Mixer VPA Series

What is FEA and what is it for?

The second type of simulation essential in the design of our industrial agitators, and a pillar in mechanical engineering: FEA, “Finite Elements Analysis”

This software helps us analyze each piece of equipment in thousands of finite elements (in a mesh) to obtain a more detailed idea of how each component reacts to the forces to which it will be subjected. Thus, we can predict the behavior of the equipment before a wide variety of physical effects.

Some examples of such effects are:

  • Mechanical stresses.
  • Vibration.
  • Fatigue.
  • Critical speed.
  • Movement.

What is the importance of FEA? The most important part of this type of simulation is the safety and guarantee of the equipment, since this way the design and materials of the agitator can be checked before starting the manufacturing process.