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5 Questions to Answer Before Choosing Your Next Mixing Tank

20 Feb 2024  |
If you are looking for new mixing tanks to help your company increase or improve its food-production capacity, chances are that you’re meeting with companies that design and manufacture mixing tanks and asking them more than a few questions. If a company is a good match for your business’s needs, they should be able to answer your questions well. But it’s also important for them to ask you questions about your needs, so it’s worth your while to prepare for these meetings by asking yourself the basic questions that will affect the specifications of your optimal mixing tank.

Here are the five essential questions we recommend answering at the very beginning of your search for your next mixing system:

1. What is the food product that you’re looking to produce?

This may be the easiest question to answer, in addition to being one of the most important. The type and quantity of both the ingredients and the final product should affect numerous aspects of your vessel and agitator. Try to be as descriptive as possible, including stating whether the product tends to foam and/or produce lumps, whether it is difficult to wet, and whether it is corrosive and/or abrasive.

2. What is the mixing task that your tank should perform?

Mixing tanks can perform many types of processes, including blending, homogenization, suspension, emulsion, gas-liquid dispersion, solid-liquid dispersion, and buffering. Like the nature of the product, the type of mixing process needed should affect your tank’s specifications, so it’s important to be clear about which type(s) of mixing processes this system must perform.

3. What operating conditions does the mixing process require?

Depending on the food product that you’re looking to produce, your mixing process might require heating, cooling. You might also need the mixing to take place in a vacuum, in a high-pressure tank, or in a mixing system at atmospheric pressure.

4. How long does the mixing process take?

While this question should have a straightforward answer, determining that answer involves some technical expertise. When designing your tank, a company will need this information for several reasons, including ensuring that your mixing system has sufficient endurance.

5. What other requirements must your mixing tank meet?

As much as your ingredients, final product, and mixing process will affect your needs, they are not the only requirements that need to be considered when designing your mixing tank. It is important to be clear from the very beginning about any other requirements for your tank, such as space limitations or your preference for SS304 or SS316 parts.

When looking to increase your company’s food-mixing capacity, you may find that the hard part isn’t getting a top-notch mixing tank – it’s getting the best possible mixing tank to meet your needs. Once you have selected a manufacturer to work with, planning, communication, and coordination between your company and the supplier can help prevent costly mistakes. By answering these five essential questions from the very beginning, you can help ensure that you are well prepared to get the optimal mixing system from the right manufacturer in the easiest and most efficient way.

At MGT Liquid & Process Systems, we realize that no two customers are the same. That’s why our one-stop shop for mixing vessels and agitators emphasizes close communication and coordination with each customer from the very beginning, helping us to design and build the optimal, comprehensive mixing solution for their specific needs. To find out how we can help you increase your business’s mixing capacity, please contact us at

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