Selecting the Right Mixer for Animal Feed

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Choosing the Ideal Animal Feed Mixer: Key Factors to Consider

While both paddle mixers and ribbon blenders can be used for mixing animal feed, there are certain characteristics that make paddle mixers a better choice for some animal feed production processes.

Paddle Mixer Advantages:

  • Paddle mixers can provide more effective mixing and improved product homogeneity, particularly for dense and viscous ingredients, due to their high-speed paddles.
  • Typically, has a larger batch capacity and are designed for easy maintenance, making them a more efficient choice for high-volume feed production.
  • More effective micro-ingredient handling and batching.
  • The durability of paddle mixer components can withstand the demands of continuous use, reducing downtime and maximising production efficiency.
  • Some paddle mixers, like the CPE C Series Mixers, offer better accessibility for maintenance and cleaning.
  • Animal Feed Mixer Range

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However, it is essential to carefully evaluate the specific requirements of a production process and the characteristics of the ingredients being mixed, as the suitability of a mixer will vary based on several key factors.

Key Factors to Consider: Finding a Suitable Animal Feed Mixer

  1. Efficiency and Homogeneity – The mixer must be able to evenly mix all ingredients, resulting in a consistent and uniform Total Mixed Ration (TMR). Paddle mixers, with their high-speed paddles, can provide more effective mixing and improved product homogeneity, especially for dense and viscous ingredients.
  2. Repeatability – Mixer must be able to repeat the same mixing process time after time.
  3. Consistency – Beside being repeatable, the mixer should be able to produce the same results every time, with no variations in the feed mixture. This is crucial for feeding a high quality mixed feed.
  4. Batch Capacity – Choose a mixer with a batch capacity that matches the volume of feed you need to process in a single batch. The mixer should have enough room to accommodate the desired quantity of feed.
  5. Durability and Longevity – The mixer should be built with high-quality materials that can withstand the demands and wear and tear of continuous use, especially in micro-ingredient handling.
  6. Ease of Use – It must be easy to operate and must have control systems that enable operators to adjust mixing parameters.
  7. Ease of Maintenance – Mixer designed with features that make it easy to maintain and clean, will reduce downtime, saving you costs in the long run. This is beneficial in batching processes.
  8. Versatility – The mixer must be able to handle a variety of feed ingredients while also allowing for changes in mixing parameters. Essential for producing different types of TMR for different animals.
  9. After-sales support – After purchasing the mixer, it must have after-sales support from the manufacturer, including readily available spare parts as well as training and maintenance services.
  10. Return on Investment (ROI) – Not all mixers are built the same. Choose a high-quality mixer that delivers optimal results for your processing needs. Some mixers may require a higher initial investment, but it will pay off in the long run with increased efficiency, reduced maintenance costs, and a higher-quality end product. A good paddle mixer can ultimately increase the overall productivity and profitability of your animal feed processing operations.

In summary, when it comes to animal feed production, selecting the right mixer is essential for producing high-quality and consistent mixed ration. Paddle mixers offer several advantages, especially in micro-ingredient handling and batching processes.

It’s important to carefully evaluate the specific requirements of a production process and the characteristics of the ingredients being mixed to determine the most suitable mixer for your needs.

Animal Feed – CPE Mixer Range

  • C Series MixerTwin shaft paddle mixer, no segregation, shear, or heat generation during mixing while providing a very low coefficient of variation.
  • C Series RetractableSame C Series mixer with a fully retractable rotor assembly from the mixer body to facilitate easier cleaning.
  • A&J MixerEfficient and cost-effective blending of powders, granules, fibres, flakes, and pellets. Offered in mild or stainless steel.
  • CPE Hygienic Design Vacuum Mixer (CHDV)Vacuum rated cylindrical design with torispherical ends. The vacuum design can also be used with Nitrogen purging for helping to extend product shelf life.


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