Consistently Correct Blending

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On the surface, the blending of dry minerals should not be a particularly difficult thing to do - take a few different types of mineral of varying size and specification; put them all into a mixer for a while, bag up the combined mixture and send it out.

But when the bag is opened on site and combined with the functional product components, a very specific level of performance is anticipated by those undertaking the application. And expected by the customer.

This is where the quality of the blending process is brought into focus. And it is our job to ensure that the quality and consistency of the blend is correct. Every time.

This is primarily achieved by assuring accuracy in the material measurement, the blending process and the particle grading. Combined with lots of experience and mineral handling know-how.

We control the blending of dry minerals in a number of ways, including maintaining flexibility of the equipment to use, having several different mixing methods to call upon or controlling the size of the batch.

When we receive a blending formulation we call upon our experience to know how to best mix the mineral components so as to achieve the desired effect. 

For instance, if we are blending a sensitive product then we prefer to use a smaller batch size so that we can exercise greater control. The handling of the blend and how we package the finished product is also taken into consideration.

Maintaining an even distribution of minerals with different densities is also essential; and this is an area in which we are very good. Minerals of different sizes can separate when blended where large, course particles rise to the surface and small, fine particles sink to the bottom. This affects the integrity of the blend and the ability of the product to perform as intended.

Some materials cannot be blended together and some have to be handled in a certain way to achieve the desired result. There is no procedural wrong or right way of blending a mineral, but each will have its own particular blending nuance that need to be appreciated.

It is a matter of knowing what you can do and what you cannot do that makes the difference between a blend that does not perform and one that is consistently correct.