Mechanical Hands: A Brief History of the Mixer

From the dawn of time, society has continuously looked for ways to improve the efficiency of how we complete tasks. While our own hands can be incredible tools, we can benefit from the use of additional machines. An example of this can be seen in the task of mixing—evenly blending large batches of ingredients is no simple task for manpower alone.

A Mixing Machine

In 1873, Paul Freyburger successfully filed a patent in Germany for a “mixing and kneading machine with two elliptic stirring discs.” This came from the realization that many industries experience a similar challenge while creating their products because their own arms and hands can only do so much when it comes to mixing ingredients together.

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Freyburger recognized a need and saw an opportunity that would benefit not only himself and his productions, but many other companies and individuals as well.

While the mixer was (and still is) heavily used in the food industry, Freyburger wrote the patent in a way that includes possibilities for use in a wide array of industries. He uses terms like, “various substances” and “materials.”

Adding new Innovators to the Mix

Freyburger’s invention attracted a fellow German who loved the idea and wanted to make a run with it. Freyburger ultimately sold the world rights to his patented invention to Paul Pfleiderer, who then headed off to London to pair up with Hermann Werner. The duo went into business together and started producing and distributing the universal mixer to the masses. Thus, Werner Pfleiderer Ltd. was formed.

Freyburger’s Influence Carries On

So what happened to Freyburger? Most historians believe that his influence faded. But our research says otherwise.

In 1876, another patent was filed for “Mixers with rotary stirring devices in fixed receptacles.” This time, though, it was not in Germany. Patent No. 180,568 was filed in the United States of America by none other than Paul Freyburger.

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In the years following, Werner Pfleiderer Ltd. soon moved to selling their mixers in America. We can give credit to Paul Freyburger, Paul Pfleiderer, and Hermann Werner for the early development of designs that inspired our own blenders here at Custom Powder Systems.

We want to be your Freyburger. We long to help you solve problems you didn’t even know you had. We have a deep passion for innovation and are continuously looking for ways to make lives easier and complete tasks more efficiently.


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