High speed mixers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from small high speed lab mixers to factory-sized high speed mixers than can hold and mix hundreds of gallons of material at one time. These high speed mixers do not all have inner components that spin like a rotor mixer; some of them simple spin an entire container vertically or horizontally at high speeds to achieve the desired effect.
In a lab setting, high speed mixers are used to process chemical or blood samples. These samples are obviously very small; usually just large enough to fill a test tube. They are placed in a high speed mixer that sits on top of a table or shelf. Batch mixers are typically much larger and they are operated by automated or manual controls in a warehouse or factory.
The high speeds that their large electric motor produce create enough velocity to achieve the necessary consistency in a mixture but it moves on to the next process or goes to a plant for packaging. High speed mixers save time because they work so efficiently, but they also allow for quality mixing that would be otherwise impossible.
Certain materials would not break down to the right size and texture for their final applications unless these extreme high speeds were achieved during their mixing.
Some specialized high speed mixers known as dual asymmetrical centrifugal force mixers are used in laboratory applications where air bubbles need to be eliminated from a substance. These machines spin an arm quickly in one direction, while a small container mounted on the arm that is full of the test substance spins at the same time in the opposite direction. No blades are necessary for this type of mixing, and the right balance in the substance can often be attained in just a few seconds.