Clay Testing

This article was co-authored by:

Craig Peppin
Service & Lab Manager

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Clay is arguably one of the most important industrial minerals on Earth. This diverse, naturally occurring material created through the breakdown of rock is used in an endless number of applications throughout a host of industries. In 2016, the US Geological Survey estimated that 25.7 Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What Equipment is Used to Pre-Condition Material for Agglomeration?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Pre-conditioning, or preparing material for agglomeration, is critical to agglomeration success; it can help improve further processing, and create a more refined end product. FEECO offers the following pre-conditioning equipment: Rotary Dryer. A material must fall within a set moisture range to agglomerate effectively. Materials Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Cold Gap Inspection

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

This week’s photo shows a combination of feeler gauges and a caliper, tools used to measure the space between the flotation blocks and inside face of the rotary drum tire, or the cold gap of the tire. The distance between the tire and flotation blocks Continue reading →

 

Ensuring Efficient Handling of Coal & Coke Products

This article was co-authored by:

Tim Matzke
Material Handling Expert

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Coal, coke, and pet coke materials are subject to handling in numerous settings, from mine sites to power generation facilities, paper mills, oil refineries, steel and aluminum producing facilities, and more. Combined with the many types, forms, and sizes that these materials can come in, Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What Role does Green Strength Play in Agglomeration?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Green strength, also known as wet strength, refers to a pellet’s strength prior to drying. Pellets need a certain amount of strength to withstand the number of drop points during processing; this includes leaving the agglomeration equipment such as the pan pelletizer or drum agglomerator, Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: 3D Agglomeration Drum

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Our photo this week is a 3D agglomeration drum. An agglomeration drum is a rotating, cylindrical drum which utilizes a tumble and grow action to form spherical granules in the presence of a liquid binder. More specifically, material and binder are fed into the drum Continue reading →

 

Biochar in Drought Resistance

This article was co-authored by:

Walter Hawkins
Process Sales Engineer

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Drought is becoming a rising concern across the world as water scarcity, changing climate patterns, and the need to feed a growing population continue to dominate the landscape of pressing global issues. As such, the need for soils to be capable of withstanding drought conditions Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What is Non-Pressure Agglomeration?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Non-pressure agglomeration, also known as tumble growth agglomeration, is a process which uses a tumbling motion and binding agent to grow material fines or powders into a spherical pellet form.   Non-pressure agglomeration methods include: Pelletizing (rotary drum or disc pelletizer): a process where material Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Drafters from the 1950s

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Today’s photo highlights members of our drafting department, just years after FEECO’s founding. In the early 1950s, drafters positioned themselves at drawing boards and used pen or pencil to create equipment drawings by hand. As technology advanced through the years, drawing boards were eventually replaced with Continue reading →

 

Biochar Process & Product Development in the Innovation Center

This article was co-authored by:

Walter Hawkins
Process Sales Engineer

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Biochar is continuing to make a name for itself in a myriad of industries, with new applications making headlines all the time. Uses in water treatment, energy production, animal husbandry, and more have created a flurry of activity around this carbon-based material produced from biomass. Continue reading →