Wave Biotech (Bridgewater, N.J.) and ILC Dover (Frederica, Del.) recently combined their expertise to create the patent-pending FlexMixer. Displayed at Interphex, the second-generation mixing device caused quite a stir.
The FlexMixer the first single-use mixing bag that can be used to mix materials of any viscosity or density difference can be scaled to over 10,000 liters and does not have any internal impeller or actuator. An integral perforated diaphragm in the mixing bag is moved up and down by a simple low-cost mechanism to provide reliable, efficient and complete mixing. Compared to traditional mixing systems, FlexMixer integrates materials more completely and efficiently and eliminates the need for cleaning and/or sterilization between batches, saving companies valuable time and money. Applications are in the pharmaceutical, biotech, food, chemical and other processing industries.
ILC Dover specializes in the design and manufacture of flexible structures, including engineered inflatable devices and pharmaceutical powder containment systems. Among other achievements, ILC has been the sole manufacturer of NASAs space suits since project Apollo.