A vortex mixer is a type of shaker also called a vortex mixer, this is a simple device commonly used in laboratories to shake small tubes or vials of liquid. It consists of an electric motor with the drive shaft oriented vertically and attached to a slightly eccentric, cup-mounted piece of rubber or rubber.
How does a vortex work?
It consists of an electric motor with the drive shaft oriented vertically and connected to a cup-shaped rubber piece mounted slightly off center. The rubber piece’s motor oscillates rapidly in a circular motion. When a test tube or other suitable container is pressed into the rubber cup (or its rim is touched), motion is transmitted to the liquid inside and a vortex is created. Most vortex mixers have a variable speed setting and can be set to run continuously, or to run only when downward pressure is applied to the rubber part.
As the engine is running, the rubber piece rapidly oscillates in a circular motion. When a test tube or other suitable container is pressed into the rubber cup, the movement is transmitted to the interior of the liquid and a vortex is created.
Most vortex mixers are designed in 2- or 4-plate formats, have variable speed settings between 100 and 3,200 rpm, and can be set to run continuously or to run only when downward pressure is applied to the rubber piece.
In what work are vortexes used?
This equipment is ideal for intermittent agitation work using tubes, Erlenmeyer flasks, beakers, flasks, etc. being able to shake several tubes at the same time. You are not limited at all by the maximum size of the tube or container to be used, much depends on the technique, the shape of the container, the viscosity of the content and the amount of the liquid.
What are the types of vortex?
In a laboratory you will find an important series of vortex mixers. Each of them has evolved over time, below, we explain what they are:
Vortex of a tube: It is an ideal agitator to mix substance through a single tube. Make smooth combinations to achieve forceful results of cells or liquid components, whether chemical or biological, through the eccentric mechanism. This type of vortex mixer has two modes of operation, continuous and pulse, which is activated by pressing the cap with the bottom of the tube.
Multiple Tube Vortex: This mixer is designed to make mixes using multiple tubes or vessels. You can use it if you need to carry out an intense washing of cells, bacteria and yeasts, it can also be used for washing cultures. It can also be used for the extraction of enzymes and metabolites from cells or cell cultures. One of the most important advantages of this type of shaker is that it has the capacity to mix up to 32 tubes at the same time.
Multi-Speed Vortex: This is a vortex mixer that can also fit a number of tubes, but unlike the others, it offers full-scale, multi-speed. It is designed for use in biology laboratories conducting research in the fields of biochemistry and cell and molecular biology. It has several platforms. One that serves to place the microanalysis tubes and another for the control of the microprocessor.
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