Every year around this time, Sonic employees are very aware of how our manufacturing shop is progressing. No doubt the rest of the year we all pay attention to the production in our shop. However, this time of year is special. According to the owner/director of Sonic, Rob Brakeman, if all the work is completed in a timely fashion, then Sonic will shutdown between Christmas and the New Year. As you might imagine our shop foreman, Anthony, is inundated with 'helpful' inquiries from the rest of Sonic staff as to the progress the shop is making toward this goal. These 'helpful' folks are often the same people to push the button (a few times too many) on the dancing/singing snowman which resides in our lobby during December.
I believe, as I believe others do, that manufacturing, in all it's various forms, can be considered artistic in nature. Krisztina “Z” Holly coins the expression, "The Art of Manufacturing," in her podcast series of the same name. Z is an engineer and tech entrepeneur who conducts a series of interviews online to show just how artistic manufacturing can be. This is the opener to her podcast:
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. High pressure for me is defined as anywhere from 300 psi to 10,000 psi. Once you get into this pressure realm, you are outside your typical material transfer pumps. A small sampling of low-pressure pumps would include:
Identifying mixing equipment components sometimes years after installation can be a bit tricky. Often the paperwork has long been filed away and/or misplaced. The system might have material covering labels. Typically the team who installed and worked with the equipment when it was originally installed has long since moved on or retired.
There are a number of different models of the Sonolator homogenizer manufactured by Sonic Corporation. In this blog we will show how to change the orifice in the Model A Sonolator homogenizer. Orifices in general are considered a wear item. Orifices are made out of two standard materials -- stainless steel and tungsten carbide. The stainless steel is used for most applications, but the tungsten carbide material is used for abrasive applications. The tungsten carbide orifices are more expensive than the stainless steel orifices, so a cost analysis should be performed once the preventative maintenance cycle has been defined for a given application.
Identifying mixing equipment sometimes years after installation can be a bit tricky. Often the paperwork has long been filed away and/or misplaced. The system might have material covering labels. Typically the team who installed and worked with the equipment when it was originally installed has long since moved on or retired.
Topics: mixing equipment
You may have noticed, or not, that many of my blogs are relatively dry and technical. Well a colleague recently encouraged me to lighten up a bit and share with you some images from my recent trip to South Korea. I traveled to Korea to start-up two new Sonolator systems recently purchased by one of our customers.
The Sonolator homogenizer has been used for years to disperse fumed silica into resin. In fact, the Sonolator is so effective that it is mentioned by name in Evonik's literature for their fumed silica product Aerosil. See an image of the Evonik website below: