Of late, in trying to lay out what distinguishes a disposable static mixer from other engineered objects, some of us began to wonder how idiosyncratic an “element” is terminology-wise.  In other words, given that there are other people out there, and that other people use different words, what other terms do people use to refer to these objects?

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For as long as we at BTmix can remember, they’ve been called elements. However, that doesn’t mean elements is a universal designation. Researching for the last post, the term “auger” was come across. At first, the name was simply processed as a oddity (“Where on earth did the word ‘auger’ come from?”). Then, that got us to thinking, to dwelling on and recalling back half-forgotten memories.

The Word ‘auger’ is from Middle English: from an auger, which is a variation of a nauger, itself from Old English nafogār. If you read Chaucer in High School, you’ll remember how foreign Middle English can seem (ironic, since English as we now know it is derived thereof). That said, never in a million years will you guess with what word auger is correlated:

Though the tool is not actually used to form what many call their belly button, the etymologies of auger and navel might seem to imply such a possibility. The Old English nafela, ‘navel,’ is closely related to Old English nafu, ‘nave.’ The nave is the central part of a wheel from which the spokes radiate and through which a hold is pierced for the axel. (This is not the same word as the nave of a church.) The navel is the mark or depression more or less in the hub or center of a person’s abdomen.  (World Histories)

The passage keeps going; the naf- bit hooks up with gār, which is a sort of spear, to become nafogār. Historically, then, an auger was an object used to pierce a hole in the hub of a wheel, thus producing its nave. Our ancestors drew a comparison between the human belly button and the the centered of a wheel:


More typically, if you ever go ice fishing, the auger is the tool which which you drill into the ice. Like drilling through a wheel to make it functional, the auger drills through ice to make a fishing hole. Ice fishing trips were the “memories” that were referred to earlier–trips taken, holes bored into the ice, ears frozen, and so on. To tie all of this together, if you’ve ever wondered what an auger is, or where the word auger comes from, now you know: an auger was a tool to drill a navel into a wheel, and its sense both of a tool that drills and, by implication, a drilled hole still survive today.

Now what does all this have to do with motionless static mixers? Well, if you ever need your wagon fixed, and if to fix your wagon you need static mixing nozzles at prices so low it’ll make your head spin, call us today. If nothing else, that spirally-looking plastic thing jammed up inside the transparent tube, which, when taken together, constitute a resin static mixer, has at least two names: an element and an auger. However, the former isn’t very interesting sounding–has no interesting etymological depths to mine.

While two-part adhesives will piece together a broken wheel, it’s unlikely that you’ve staked the Oregon Trail lately with nothing but 1 wife, 2 shotguns, 4 barrels of whiskey, and 7 kids. No matter. Maybe your adhesives manufacturing facility is a frontier in its own way. Either way, the next time you look at an inline, helical static mixer, think back to the last time you went ice fishing, or read Chaucer, went on the Bonanza pancake ride, or even pondered a quizzical, unfamiliar word. Also, remember our products: those sweet, sweet mixtips you just can’t live without. And at prices as low as ours (any lower and you’d be making ’em yourself), you owe it to yourself to at least check out of product page–two-part silicone static mixers mixing nozzles available for purchase here at BTmix.