The Heidelberg Inline-Mixer is available as a two- or a multi-component-mixer. Both systems follow the principle of inline-mixing while having specific properties. The two- component- mixer requires that all the beverages components are prepared in a pre-mix. These are then dosed into the water flow as syrup. With the multi-component- mixer, no pre-mix is necessary; therefore, all beverage components are dosed inline. Both the two- and the multi-component-mixer include a water de-aeration system via vacuum, component dosing and carbonation units, as well as a pressure tank. With the water de-aeration unit, the CO2-content of the production water is reduced in order to avoid quality losses due to oxidative processes in the finished beverage.
The Heidelberg Inline- Mixer is ideal for the production of beverages which are sensitive to oxygen, i.e. for sports and wellness beverages as well as beer-mix beverages. The syrup or individual beverage components are continuously dosed into the water flow via dosing pumps and flow meters. The carbonation is effected proportional to the volume of the finished product. A static agitator guarantees a fine sparkling CO2-bond in the finished product, which is subsequently buffered in a pressure tank. In addition, the pressure tank is necessary for a capacity adaption to the filling line.
During the projecting phase of a multi-component-mixer, optional extensions should be taken into account from the very beginning. It is, for example, possible to upgrade the system with dosing units for functional additives. By adding a dosing connection for beer, wine or other alcoholic bases, alcoholic mixed beverages such as “alcopops” can be produced as well.
Advantages and Benefits of the Heidelberg Inline-Mixer
- Volumetric Inline-Dosing: With the volumetric dosing unit of the Heidelberg Inline-Mixer, a quick and direct mixing of the finished product is guaranteed.
- Flexible and Coordinated Component Connections: Due to coordinated and variable component connections, product losses and expenses during the starting and the shut down phases, the change of product and the cleaning of the system are reduced to a minimum.
- Excellent Residual Oxygen Content Values: Innovative water de-aeration via single- or two- step vacuum de- aeration, as well as optional CO2-stripping.
Result: A high product quality with low residual oxygen content in the production water.