Monday, July 15, 2013

Industrial used of Guar Gum

Industrial Applications of Guar Gum 

Guar gum and its derivatives are widely used in various industries as per its needs. Its used in industries such as food, textile, pharmaceuticals, personal care, health  care, nutrition, cosmetics, paper, explosives, mining and oil well drilling. Guar gum 

mainly functions as a thickener, emulsifier, stabilizer, binding agent, gelling agent, natural fiber, flocculant, fracturing agent etc. in the above-mentioned industries Applications of Food Grade Guar Gum Powder/ Derivatives. 

Food Industry 
In food Industry guar gum / derivatives is used as gelling, viscosifying, thickening, clouding and binding agent as well as used for stabilization, emulsification, preservation, water retention, enhancement of water soluble fiber content etc. Some food products in which guar gum powder is used are:Ice cream, soft drinks & concentrates, puddings Chocolate milk, flavored milk .
Pharmaceutical Industry 
Guar gum or its derivatives are used in pharmaceutical industries as gelling / viscosifying / thickening, suspension, stabilization, emulsification, preservation, water retention / water phase control, binding, clouding/bodying, process aid, pour control for suspensions, anti-acid formulations, tablet binding & disintegration agent, controlled drug delivery systems, slimming aids, nutritional foods etc. Guar gum is an important non-caloric source of soluble dietary fiber. Guar gum powder is widely used in capsules as dietary fiber. Fiber is a very imprtant element of any healthy diet. It is useful in clear the intestinal system since fiber cannot be digested. This keeps the intestines functioning properly and also improves certain disorders and ailments. All natural fiber diet works with body to achieve a feeling of fullness and to reduce hunger. Its synergistic mix of guar gum and fiber mixture when taken with water expands in stomach to produce a feeling of fullness.   

Cosmetic Industry 
Guar gum or its derivatives being used as a thickener, protective colloid and conditioner in hair/skin care products, creams, shampoos and lotions. Beside this, these are also used in toothpaste and shaving cream for easy extruding from the container tube. 

Applications of Industrial Grade Guar Gum Powder/ Derivatives 

In industrial applications, guar gum powder/derivatives utilized as thickening agent, sizing agent, wet-end strength additive, gelling agent and water barrier, flocculation aid for waste water treatment, as emulsifier, binder. Also used for mud formulations, enhanced oil recovery, polymer flooding, well treatment, lost circulation plugging etc. Guar gum industrial grade powder is used in industries such as textile printing & 
sizing, fire fighting, ceramics, pharmaceuticals, printing inks, mosquito mats, synthetic resins, paper industry, battery electrolytes, water treatment, floatation agent, water paint, carpet printing, oil well drilling, explosives, mining etc. 

Paper Industry 
Guar gum provides better properties compared to substitutes.It gives denser surface to the paper used for printing.Guar gum imparts improved erasive and writing properties, better bonding strength and increased hardness.Due to improved adhesion, it gives better breaking, mullen and folding strengths. 

Textile Industry 
Guar gum gives excellent film forming and thickening properties when used for textile sizing, finishing and printing.It reduces warp breakage, reduces dusting while sizing and gives better efficiency in production. 

Oil Field Industry 
Industrial grade guar gum powder/derivatives are use in oil well fracturing, oil well stimulation, mud drilling and industrial applications and preparations as a stabilizer, thickener and suspending agent. It is a natural, fast hydrating dispersible guar gum and is diesel slurriable.13in the oil field industry, guar gum is used as a surfactant,synthetic polymer and deformer ideally suited for all rheological requirements of water-based and brinebased drilling fluids. High viscosity guar gum products are used as drilling aids in oil well drilling, geological drilling and water drilling. These products are used as viscosifiers to maintain drilling mud iscosities that enable drilling fluids to remove drill waste from deep holes.Guar gum products also reduce friction in the holes,and so minimizing power requirements. Some guar gum derivatives act to minimize water loss should occur in broken geological formations.Metallurgical and Mining Industry Guar gum is widely used as a flocculants to produce liquid solid separation.Guar gum is also used in flotation. It acts as a depressant for talc or insoluble gangue mined along with the valuable minerals. 

Explosive Industry 
Gelling agent for gel sausage type explosives and pump able slurry explosives.Water blocking agent in nitro-glycerine, slurry explosives, ammonium nitrate and dynamite explosives- by mixing guar gum in mmonium nitrate, nitro-glycerine and oil explosives, even in wet conditions, explosive property is maintained. This is due to the better swelling, water blocking and gelling properties of guar gum. Note: The author has used various references in the preparation of this article. For further details please contact him. ACI AGRO SOLUTION

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