The vessel and the agitator unit are mounted vertically in a vertical ribbon blender. The blender container is cylindrical, with a flat or conical bottom. These blenders have the flexibility to operate at capacities ranging from low volumes, up to 90 percent of total volumetric capacity, due to the vertical configuration. A shearing zone on the vessel wall is created by the slow rotation of the ribbons. The material on the walls is lifted upwards vertically. The material travels down the centre of the blender after reaching the top. A discharge valve located near the bottom of the blender discharges the blended product. In the vertical ribbon blender, practically 100 percent material discharge can be achieved.

Vertical blenders can handle friable products such as cereals, plastics, pigments and pharmaceutical products.