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Key Components of Magnetic Stirrers

What is a Magnetic Stirrer? Dating from 1917 magnetic stirrers have evolved and been perfected over the years to perform critical mixing functions in the research lab when low-viscosity liquids are being processed in beakers and flasks to 10 liters in capacity.  We at CAT Scientific call magnetic stirrers the unsung hero of your laboratory thanks to…

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How to Maintain Lab Homogenizer Shaft Bearings

Keeping laboratory and pilot plant homogenizers in proper operating order requires special to critical components located out of sight within the homogenizer shaft tube.  These are the homogenizer shaft bearings that keep the rotor shaft centered in the tube.  While homogenizer shaft bearings and other components are in the tube they are fully exposed to…

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How to Specify a High Powered Lab Homogenizer

Lab homogenizers are relied on by R&D and pilot plant personnel to develop then refine processing guidelines used for commercial-scale production.  Processing may involve blending, emulsifying, dispersing, cell disrupting, particle reduction and similar activities.   Samples range from highly fluid liquids to more resistant viscosities, to fibers and in some cases, reducing particles to manageable size.…

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Five Laboratory Homogenizer Operating Tips

Operating a laboratory homogenizer looks to be relatively simple. What could go wrong? Plug it in and start the mixing operation. But hold on for a moment! You’re operating a small but relatively costly instrument designed to accomplish a variety of mixing, stirring, emulsifying and dispersing functions, many at high speeds and for long duration.…

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How to Maintain your Laboratory Homogenizer

Laboratory homogenizers are important investments for R&D and pilot plants developing processes to scale up to commercial production.  First appearances may suggest scientific homogenizers are not that complex.  Not true!  A close look reveals that lab homogenizers contain several complex components, all of which are capable of trapping contaminants that must be removed before processing…

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An Introduction to Modular Laboratory Homogenizer Systems

Homogenizers as the name suggests perform a homogenizing function. A common example is homogenized milk, a function performed to avoid separation of cream from milk.  This is done with production-line homogenizers.  In R&D labs and for initial pilot plant operations lab homogenizers are put into play.  This post introduces you to modular laboratory homogenizer systems…

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The CAT X1740 / DK40 Inline Benchtop Homogenizer

A compact, quietly operating benchtop in-line homogenizer capable of processing cannabis tinctures, beverages, syrups, and other solutions up to 83 liters/min (22 gallons/minute) is demonstrated in a new video produced by CAT Scientific. This homogenizer ensures cannabinoid and terpene uniformity. The average cannabinoid potency deviation is 1% – 1.5%.  This is achieved by controlling the…

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X1000 Homogenizer with DK30 Flow-Through-Chamber Attachment

How to Turn a Lab Homogenizer into an Inline Device Laboratory homogenizers represent a significant investment for research organizations engaged in developing new processing procedures across a broad range of industries.   Integrating or adding a flow through chamber to the homogenizer mixer greatly increases its functionality by enabling inline processing or extending the exposure of…

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How to Create Stable Cosmetic Emulsions With a Lab Homogenizer

Researchers developing new cosmetic formulations for consumer markets often work with immiscible ingredients resisting transformation to stable emulsions important to lotions, crèmes and similar products designed to be absorbed by the skin.   We emphasize stable emulsions because cosmetics that separate in the jar are a sure sign of product failure.  This post describes how researchers can create stable…

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How and Why to Decarboxylate Cannabis

Decarboxylation is a crucial step in the process of creating nearly any cannabis product. Methods to incorporate this ‘decarbing’ step into an existing operation can vary, but its importance in creating valuable product is paramount. Failure to properly decarboxylate cannabis can limit potency and impact cannabinoid profiles – turning a productive crop into a bust…

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