What Is A Vortex Shaker | Its Duties?

November 2, 2021

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Vortex shaker

A vortex mixer, or vortex tube shaker, is a simple device used in laboratories to mix small vials of liquid. It consists of an electric motor with a vertically oriented drive shaft attached to a slightly mounted recessed rubber part.

As the engine is running, the rubber piece swings rapidly in a circular motion. When a test tube or other suitable container is pressed into the rubber cup, the movement is transmitted into 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 part.

This equipment is ideal for intermittent shaking work using tubes, erlenmeyer flasks, beakers, flasks, etc. being able to shake several tubes at the same time. It is not limited at all to 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.

Operation

The vortex tube shaker is designed to be used with one tube or even multiple tubes as required. It has two working modes, continuous and contact agitation.

Continuous agitation

  • Position the speed control knob to the minimum, place the equipment on a stable and safe surface and connect the equipment to the electrical network.
  • Turn the bipositional control to the left to ON and the operating indicator light will come on. The equipment then begins its operation.
  • Turn the speed control knob to select the desired speed (speed control model).
  • In case of using non-standard accessories, make sure of the speed.
  • Position the bipositional control in the center to OFF and the equipment, as well as the indicator light, will stop.

Contact stirring

  • Position the speed control knob to the minimum, place the equipment on a stable and safe surface and connect the equipment to the electrical network.
  • Position the two-position control to the right over the TOUCH call sign.
  • Turn the speed control knob to select the desired speed (speed control model).
  • If a test tube is placed vertically on the shaking head, the equipment starts operating at that moment and the indicator light comes on.
  • Position the bipositional control in the center to OFF and the equipment, as well as the indicator light, will stop.
  • Place the test tubes as vertically as possible on the shaking head to allow for shake-free shaking.
  • Adjust the speed control knob slowly in order to avoid jerks during the operation of the equipment.
Dr. Loony Davis5
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