All Blog Posts about ‘Agglomeration’

Heap Leaching: A Growing Technology in Beneficiation

This article was co-authored by:

Shane Le Capitaine
Thermal Processing Expert

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

As a booming global population and emerging economies put pressure on existing resources, and high grade ores become a thing of the past, mining companies are looking for technologies that will allow them to economically recover target materials, namely metals, from low grade ore sources. Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What is the Difference Between a Pin Mixer and a Pug Mill?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Pin mixers and pug mills are industrial mixing devices with each offering their own distinct advantages and capabilities. Oftentimes, the material itself dictates which piece of equipment is best for the operation at hand. Pug mills are used for mixing, agglomerating, and conditioning. They utilize Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Binder Spray System

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

This week’s photo highlights a pan pelletizer’s binder spray system. The spray system, or nozzles, are used to disperse binder. Non-pressure agglomeration technologies, such as pelletizing on a pan pelletizer, often requires the assistance of a binding agent to achieve agglomeration. When material is fed Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What is a Pneumatic Hammer Knocking System?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

A pneumatic hammer knocking system is designed to control material build-up inside of a rotary drum. The hammer is mounted above a strike plate on the drum, and delivers an adjustable amount of force as set by the operator. This force “knocks” the drum and Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Rotary Tire Wear Patterns

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

This week’s post highlights a series of images: rotary tire wear patterns. A rotary drum tire is a support structure for the drum, and provides a place for pressure to be absorbed. As with any piece of equipment, they must be inspected and serviced, if Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What is the Importance of a Sieve Analysis During Agglomerate Feasibility Tests?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

A sieve analysis measures particle size distribution, and more specifically, what percentage of on-size, over-size and under-size pellets are produced from the agglomeration process. The analysis is an important part of agglomerate process and product development, as it confirms whether or not the agglomeration process Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Coal Fines to Coal Pellets

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

This week’s photo shows coal fines (left) and coal pellets (right). The sample was agglomerated in FEECO’s state-of-the-art Innovation Center. The Innovation Center allows customers to test their material at batch and pilot scale, in order to establish the equipment setup and parameters necessary to 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 →

 

Photo of the Week: Compactor with Heat Lamps

This article was authored by:

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 →

 

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 →