Understanding the Chemistry of Antifoams and Defoamers

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Both antifoams and defoamers are used for foam control. Given their similarities in function, they often have similar chemistries. The main difference between them is the timing of application. In order to prevent it, antifoams are designed to be applied before the formation of foam, while defoamers are designed to be applied after foam formation […]

An Introduction to Silicone Emulsions

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What Are Silicone Emulsions? Silicone emulsions are non-toxic and heat-stable compounds that are produced by dispersing silicone oil in a liquid, typically water. This process is accomplished with the introduction of a surfactant. The resulting products exhibit a number of physical characteristics that make them highly beneficial for certain applications. For example, they can be […]

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Industry Spotlight: Water Treatment

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Water treatment requires both defoamers and antifoams to prevent foaming and air entrapment that commonly occurs in these applications. Without these additives, the treatment process may slow down significantly or cease entirely if water is unable to travel through filtration systems. Subsequently, without the right products to mitigate foam buildup, facilities could suffer from a […]

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Industry Spotlight: Wet & Dry Corn Milling for Fuel Ethanol Production

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Foam can cause problems in many industrial processes. That’s why industry professionals utilize antifoams and defoamers to mitigate foam production and accumulation. In the renewable fuel sector, these products are commonly utilized in ethanol production operations since one of the ways the product is created is the corn milling process, which is susceptible to foam-related […]

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Industry Spotlight: Fermentation

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Industrial fermentation can generate significant quantities of foam due to the generation of carbon dioxide as a byproduct. Many industries turn to antifoam and defoaming products to prevent or combat unwanted foam which may impede production.  At Applied Material Solutions (AMS), we manufacture safe and effective defoamers for fermentation, including food-grade and kosher products. Keep […]

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Key Considerations for Selecting an Antifoam/Defoamer

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Foam is created when gas is introduced and trapped within a solution that contains surfactants. It can consist of large bubbles at the surface of the solution (macrofoam) or small bubbles distributed throughout the solution (microfoam). In either case, it can cause issues within the products and equipment in which it is formed, such as […]

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Foam Control Solutions for the Food & Beverage Industry

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Foam is produced when gas (e.g., air) is added and becomes stabilized within a liquid (often water) containing impurities and surface-active agents (surfactants). The molecules of surfactants form a film that traps gas bubbles, preventing them from dissipating as they would in a pure liquid. Whether the foam produced rises to the surface (macrofoam) or […]

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Why Should I Use Water-Based Defoamers?

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Defoamers play a critical role in ensuring foam does not affect the quality of products and processes during industrial applications. They are available in many variations to suit different operations, including oil-based, surfactant-based, and water-based. Below, we focus on water-based defoamers, outlining what they are and what benefits they offer. What Are Water-Based Defoamers? As […]

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Don’t Passover Our Antifoams

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Many types of foods and ingredients foam during the production process. If foaming is permitted, it can alter the product’s appearance, manufacturing time, quality or performance. Food-grade antifoams and defoamers are used to prevent, control, remove or mitigate foam to ensure high-quality, consistent production. Not only do these antifoams have to meet food safety regulations […]

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Benefits of Hydrophobic Silica

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Hydrophobic silicas are a unique class of materials with a wide variety of functional attributes and beneficial properties making it ideal for numerous applications ranging from adhesives, greases, and sealants to personal care and processing aid products. At Applied Material Solutions, we offer high-quality fumed and precipitated hydrophobic silicas to provide superior performance for your […]

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