Mixing tanks are an integral part of many manufacturing industries. They are used to mix paint, pharmaceuticals, beverages, fuel and more. There are two main types of mixing tanks to consider. Typically mixing tanks are made from either plastic or metal. It is essential to think about what you will be doing to choose the right vessel material. Plastic mixing tanks can be made from polypropylene (PP), high density polyethylene (HDPE), Teflon (PTFE) and polyvinylidene (PVDF). In certain industries, it is crucial to select tanks for food grade or sanitary applications which must be approved by the FDA. Turn to a leader in the industry to help you find the proper poly mixing tanks for your business.
The main parameters that are reviewed when you choose a mixing tank are the contents, resistance and corrosion as well as location, volume and temperature. Other conditions may also be factored into the final decision based on the type of business you run. Plastic mixing vessels have distinctive advantages over metal mixing tanks. Often plastic mixing tanks are more affordable. They are lighter weight for added convenience. The fabrication time is faster when compared to metal mixing vessels. Also, you can easily see the liquid level which helps as you are mixing various substances. There are some exceptions such as critical heating and cooling applications that might be better accomplished in a steel mixing tank.
Poly mixing tanks are USP VI rated. Many of them are made from polypropylene and polyvinylidene. These plastic mixing vessels are commonly used in RO and DI ultrapure water systems. They are preferred to use for biopharma mixing applications such as media prep and buffer prep. The first step is to define how the mixing vessel will be used. Consider what liquids are being mixed, the required temperatures and where the vessel will be stored. Review your budget and contact an industry professional to help you get a mixing tank in the right size and material for the jobs you need to accomplish. Consider whether you need to comply with established sanitary requirements to choose an approved plastic mixing tank.