Question of the Week: What is the Difference Between Hygroscopic and Hydrophobic Materials?

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Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Simply stated, hygroscopic materials absorb moisture, whereas hydrophobic materials do not absorb moisture from the environment. Knowing which category a material falls under plays an important role in our work in the Innovation Center; it affects the way in which a material is both stored Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Phosphates 2017 Conference and Exhibition

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Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

This week’s photo shows Alex Ebben, FEECO Process Sales Engineer, at the Phosphates 2017 International Conference and Exhibition in Tampa, Florida (USA). Phosphates 2017 is a must-see for those in the fertilizer, industrial and feed phosphate markets, and unites over 400 professionals from around the Continue reading →

 

Ceramic Proppants: A Specialized Alternative to Frac Sand

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Walter Hawkins
Process Sales Engineer

While the oil and natural gas industry has had its ups and downs, many speculate it is again poised for growth due to the current political climate. Subsequently, there is a renewed interest around proppants – the hard microspheres injected into well bores to “prop Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What are Ball and Tube Knocking Systems?

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Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Ball and tube knocking systems are used to combat material build-up inside of a rotary drum. Here’s how they work: tubes, which hold solid balls, are attached to the drum’s exterior. While the drum rotates, the tubes drop the balls on the drum via gravity. Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Compactor with Heat Lamps

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Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

This week’s photo is a compactor from the FEECO Innovation Center. Here, a heat lamp is set directly on the compactor’s feed chute, so the metal of the cold chute would not take away the heat from the pre-heated feed material. FEECO’s process experts are Continue reading →

 

FEECO to Exhibit at Phosphates 2017 Conference

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Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

FEECO International will be exhibiting at the Phosphates 2017 International Conference and Exhibition, now celebrating its 10th year. The event will be held in Tampa, Florida (USA) from March 13-15, 2017. Phosphates 2017 unites experts within the fertilizer, industrial, and feed phosphate markets to discuss Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What is Rotary Drum Tire Creep?

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Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

The circumference of the inside diameter of a rotary drum tire is larger than the circumference of the outside diameter of the shell, and therefore the tire will not make a complete revolution at the same time as the shell. This difference per revolution between Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Girth Gear and Lubrication Nozzle

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Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Today’s photo highlights a girth gear (left) and gear lubrication nozzle (right), both components of a rotary drum. The gear drive assembly is mounted on the outside of the shell circumference. It meshes with a small gear drive, and causes the rotary drum to rotate. Continue reading →

 

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?

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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 →