Montana Patent of the Month – November 2023

Spray coating application often suffers from poorly mixed or combined materials. This is particularly difficult when trying to coat small particles uniformly. Resodyn Corporation, a research and development firm, has tackled this challenge. Their recently patented fluidizer introduces a vibratory mixer capable of mixing and coating even the smallest of particles.

Resodyn’s vibratory mixer operates at a frequency range between 50 Hz to 70 Hz, ensuring that the mixing vessel’s entirety moves linearly, creating a fluidized bed and allowing for even distribution. This approach also provides a unique advantage by not needing mixing blades or impellers, making the process more efficient and less prone to contamination.

The system’s versatile design includes multiple features to refine the process. Nozzles spray the secondary material directly onto the fluidized bed, ensuring a precise and controlled application. The system also offers means to regulate pressure, detect the mixing stage with sensors, and even control temperature with heating or cooling mechanisms.

One key aspect of this innovation is the ability to induce micro-mixing and bulk mixing simultaneously. This combination streamlines the process, enhancing the overall mixing quality. Additionally, the system offers means to ensure the absence of unwanted materials via a filter and advanced features for detecting temperature and mixedness within the vessel.

The vibratory mixer’s comprehensive system presents a wide array of applications. From coating to drying and chemical reactions, this technology is a game-changer in material science. Additionally, it significantly reduces the loss of reaction gas, providing more precision and cost-effectiveness.

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