01 May 2009
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Mixers produce bubble-free materials

The 'Thinky' ARE and ARV series of mixing equipment can handle materials such as adhesives, solder pastes, alumina and epoxy or silver paste, and fluorescent materials.

Introduced by Intertronics the mixers "have turned mixing from an art into a science", says managing director Peter Swanson.

ARE-250 was launched by the company in 2006 and "greatly simplified mixing processes because, unlike other systems, its planetary action mixes quickly without enfolding air which then needs vacuum removal. This is excellent for many materials.

"However, there are some materials in which even the presence of 'micro bubbles' cannot be accepted. Two new machines now developed by the company have an integral vacuum environment applied while the mixing is in progress - not afterwards.

"The ARV-310 and the ARV-5000 offer a much less effervescent gas removal throughout the mixing process leaving a completely homogenous bubble-free mix without the mess associated with rapid post-mix degassing."

Paul Gay


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