Because they are used on similar applications — albeit with dramatically different results — Microfluidizer® processors are often compared with conventional homogenizers.
The Microfluidizer® technology platform (distinguished by the fixed geometry Interaction ChamberTM) generates a uniform shear field for particle size reduction and robust cell disruption, with repeatable and scalable results.
This is not possible with even the most effective high-pressure homogenizers, sonicators, or other technologies. Other technologies introduce variable processing conditions, due to variable geometry or their batch type operation. This results in less uniform results, often requiring higher energy levels to even achieve results similar to those achieved with a Microfluidizer®Processor.
Also, these other technologies often require significant process development changes to achieve scale-up and there is no guarantee that scale-up is even possible.
In technologies that necessitate the use of such high levels of energy, a certain amount of this energy will dissipate as heat. In certain technologies, that heat can be difficult to control, and there may be a high level of temperature increase and/or variance in the product affecting its quality. However, Microfluidics has designed its equipment with efficient heat exchangers which are placed immediately after the Interaction Chambers™ where the product will face most, if not all, of its temperature rise. This helps to ensure that you are able to maintain your product at the desired temperature.