The Role of the Calciner in Producing Soda Ash

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Walter Hawkins
Process Sales Engineer

Soda ash, or sodium carbonate (Na2CO3), is a versatile alkali material, critical in the production of a litany of products and materials. From detergents and chemicals, to consumer products and water softeners, this material can be found in many of the products we interact with throughout Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: How does the Binder Spray System Affect Pelletization?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Pelletizing on a pan pelletizer requires the help of a binding agent to achieve agglomeration. This is accomplished through the use of a spray system. The binding agent, and the way it is dispersed, plays a role in successful agglomeration. The following variables should be Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Conveyor Truss Frame

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

This week’s photo highlights a conveyor truss frame ready for shipment. Truss frames are a feature of FEECO’s belt conveyors, and are available in several in standard depths and lengths. Load factors such as wind, snow etc. are also accounted for in truss selection. Since Continue reading →

 

Using Activated Carbon to Control Disinfectant By-Products in Drinking Water Treatment

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Walter Hawkins
Process Sales Engineer

Activated carbon is a widely used adsorbent, employed throughout a variety of industries to accomplish a number of goals. Activated carbon’s unique porous surface structure allows it to capture and hold on to both gas and liquid phase particles. This ability lends itself to a Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What Drive Assembly is Best for your Rotary Kiln?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

The drive assembly is the component that causes a rotary kiln to rotate. While a variety of drive assembly arrangements are available, the selection of one type over the other is dependent on the drive horsepower and the size of the kiln. FEECO offers the Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Bulk Density Test

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

This week’s photo shows a bulk density test in action. Here, our process expert is weighing raw material prior to processing in the Innovation Center. The ability to test bulk density ensures the product will meet the needs of its desired application. Bulk density is Continue reading →

 

Wood Pellet Biomass: An Industry Fueled by European Renewable Energy Legislation

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Shane Le Capitaine
Thermal Processing Expert

Biomass has garnered an increasing amount of interest over the past few years, chiefly a result of legislation put in place by the European Union, aiming for all of its countries to move to a 20% renewable energy goal by 2020. Wood-based biomass pellets are Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What are the Benefits of Feasibility Testing with a Rotary Dryer?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Feasibility testing provides unparalleled information when designing a rotary dryer. Testing can help confirm the viability of the intended process, and allows one to work out process variables to help define the recipe for successful drying. The reasons to engage in rotary dryer feasibility testing Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Replacement/Spare Thrust Rollers

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

This week’s photo highlights one of FEECO’s many replacement/spare parts: the thrust roller. Thrust rollers are a standard component to any rotary drum, from rotary dryers and coolers, to granulators and kilns. They ride on the downhill and uphill edge of the tire, and are Continue reading →

 

Biochar: A High Performance Organic Fertilizer Created from Biomass

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Walter Hawkins
Process Sales Engineer

Biochar, a charcoal-like, carbon-based material with roots in ancient civilizations, has scientists excited over the potential it holds for restoring depleted soils, improving food security, and aiding in climate change efforts when used as a soil amendment. What is Biochar? Biochar is created through the Continue reading →