THINKY ARE-250 Mixing and Degassing Machine, Conditioning Planetary Mixer

THI ARE-250

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About THINKY ARE-250 Mixing and Degassing Machine, Conditioning Planetary Mixer

The THINKY ARE-250 mixing and degassing machine is an industrial non-contact “planetary” mixer for all engineering compounds. It mixes, disperses and degasnes your materials in seconds to minutes, in sealed or lid-less containers such as a jar, beaker, syringe tube or cartridge. The non-contact mixing principle makes it possible to formulate compounds from very small amounts such as 0.5ml to large production scales.

“The Thinky was really impressive; we are now able to mix smaller batches of adhesive using a very simple pre-programmed cycle.” – Flynn Barrett, Gooch & Housego

The THINKY ARE-250 Mixer makes it possible for the processes of mixing and bubble removal to be carried out simultaneously. It is a conditioning mixer. It can be used for the mixing and/or bubble removal of not only epoxy but also silicones, conductive pastes, medicines, chemical materials, etc.

“…for the past 12 months have used the Thinky a great deal. It has allowed us to quickly produce homogeneous silicone in large quantities that is free of air, transforming a time consuming, physical task into an automated effortless one.” – Jim Dimond, University Hospital Coventry

The THINKY ARE-250 Mixer is a lightweight benchtop model, which can hold up to 310g of material. The Multi-Step Mixing feature allows you to program 5 different sets of mixing and degassing conditions (time and speed per mode) in a single batch cycle. Precise control of the process makes it possible not only to improve formulation quality, but also to eliminate human errors or operator skills throughout the process. It is also effective in controlling shear, so as not to damage your materials.

Cooled materials or heated materials can be processed with special adapters. The ARE-250 can accept syringes up to 55ml or up to 75ml (2.5 oz) cartridges with optional adapters. THINKY mixers with vacuum capability and larger mixers are also available.

 

Features & Benefits

  • For low, medium and high viscosity materials with various densities as well as powders THINKY ARE-250CE mixing and degassing machine inside view
  • Simultaneous homogeneous dispersion and degassing in one batch
  • Process in seconds to minutes
  • Mix in your containers such as jars, barrels, cartridges, syringes or tubes
  • Remove voids and re-disperse filled materials packed in syringes
  • Non-invasive, bladeless processing ends the risk of cross contamination between batches
  • Process from 0.5ml – save valuable material and reduce wastage
  • Re-mixing of separated materials to prolong shelf life
  • Vacuum-less processing, degassing and de-aeration
  • No damage to material unlike with the use of rollers, mixing blades or propellers
  • No unit cleaning between batches eliminates non-productive work
  • Cooling unit available for temperature control in high-usage or heat-sensitive applications

Applications

The THINKY ARE-250 can be used to formulate and mix adhesives, sealants, moulding compounds, lubricants, slurries, coatings, inks, paints, abrasives, bio chemicals, cements, medical compounds, cosmetics/personal care materials, detergents, conductive pastes, dental materials, foods, construction materials or any other materials which are hard to mix, hard to degas, or hard to wet.

Here are some examples of applications for the THINKY ARE-250:

Epoxy resin
Epoxy resin, hardener and aluminium powder are mixed in 6.5 minutes. Ingredients are dispersed evenly. Epoxy resin mix
Solder Paste
Creamy solder paste with no air bubbles is made from solder powder and flux. Processed with ARE-250 in 45 seconds. Solder paste mix
Cosmetics
Ingredients for face cake, wax and coloured iron oxide, are mixed completely with the ARE-250 in 5 minutes. Cosmetics mix
Ointment
Mixing yellow pigment into zinc oxide without solvent. It dispersed homogeneously with the ARE-250 in 20 seconds. Ointment mix

Specifications

Specification  
Dimensions (mm) H390 X W300 X D300mm
Weight 22kg
Safety features Lid sensor, vibration sensor, rotation speed sensor, CE marked
Power requirements 230V +/- 10% 50Hz
Minimum material capacity 0.5g
Maximum capacity 310g (includes material/container/adapter)
Timer Set up to 30 minutes, 1 second increments
Programming Mixing and/or degassing mode, multi-step mixing, speed changer
Memory 5 memory slots are available for different 5 batch cycles. Programmed mixing procedure can be recalled in a second.

Other Information

See how the THINKY ARE-250 works as part of a real application in these metering and mixing Case Studies:

ETH Zurich University - THINKY ARE-250 for 3D printing materials THINKY ARE-250 mixes 3D printing materials homogenously

A team of material scientists at ETH Zurich University have been developing new materials for 3D printing which deliver additional functionality. To ensure that the source material mixes homogeneously with the fillers, they use the THINKY ARE-250 mixer.

Case Study Thinky ARE-250 Coventry Hospital web Mixing silicones for facial and other prosthetics

University Hospital Coventry chose a THINKY mixer to save time and improve the quality of their silicone mixing process to produce prosthetics.

Case Study Thinky ARE-250 James Kent web Effective mixing of specialist glass powders with a high viscosity acrylic resin

Consistent high quality mixing and improved degassing of powders into resins advanced the process capabilities of a ceramic materials company.

 

Thinky introduction presentation Getting to know THINKY Mixers
Download a presentation which describes how THINKY Mixers work, and what benefits they can deliver to you.

 

Check out our YouTube Channel for more about the THINKY ARE-250:

All Downloads

Filename Size Download
THINKY ARE-250 Product Data Sheet 0.47MB
THINKY ENs-10CE Cooling Unit Data Sheet 2.32MB
THINKY Mixer Catalogue 4.59MB
THINKY Container and Adapter List 1.45MB
Getting To Know THINKY Mixers 0.69MB
Case Study: Mixing silicones for facial and other prosthetics 1.12MB
Case Study: Effective mixing of specialist glass powders with a high viscosity acrylic resin 1.12MB
Case Study: THINKY mixing processes improve bonding in optical instrument manufacture 1.11MB

Ordering Information

Part number Description
THIARE-250 Thinky Mixer 240V CE
Includes 3 x THI300ML 300ml jars, 1 x THI150ML 150ml jar and 1 x THI250AD-201 adapter
THIENS-10CE THINKY mixer cooling system attachment
Containers Adapter
THI300ML 300ml HDPE thick wall jar with inner lid & cap – re-usable None
THI150ML 150ml HDPE thick wall jar with inner lid & cap – re-usable THI250AD-201
THI240ML 240ml Polypropylene jar and screw cap THI250AD-8OZ
Container adapters
THI250AD-3S Adapter for EFD-type 3ml syringe
THI250AD-5S Adapter for EFD-type 5ml syringe
THI250AD-10S Adapter for EFD-type 10ml syringe
THI250AD-30S Adapter for EFD-type 30ml syringe
THI250AD-50S Adapter for EFD-type 55ml syringe
THI250AD-201 Adapter for THI150ML HDPE container
THI250AD-8OZ Adapter for THI240ML Polypropylene container
THI250AD-2.5S Adapter for 2.5oz (~75ml) cartridge

Other containers are available on request such as adapters for cool or hot mixing. Adapters can also be manufactured for your own containers.


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  • Last updated: March 2020
  • Version: 4.4

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