All Blog Posts about ‘Agglomeration’

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 →

 

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 →

 

Question of the Week: What Processes are Carried Out Via Pressure and Non-Pressure Agglomeration Equipment?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

FEECO offers a variety of agglomeration equipment, with each equipment falling in either the non-pressure (tumble growth) or pressure categories. Non-pressure agglomeration techniques use a binding agent to process material fines into larger agglomerates. This is done by tumbling the fines in the presence of Continue reading →

 

Increasing Efficiency with Process Training for Pelletizing

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Craig Peppin
Service & Lab Manager

While training is the cornerstone of many successful processes, it is especially critical when working with a disc pelletizing system. Pelletizing material on a disc pelletizer is considered a blend of both art and science; a number of variables must be balanced to maintain consistent Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What is Pelletizing?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Pelletizing is a non-pressure (tumble growth) agglomeration method whereby material fines are processed into pellets. It is used throughout a number of industries to transform difficult to handle powders and fines into a more easily handled, and valuable product. Pelletization involves the tumbling of material Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Seed Pellets

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

This week’s photo shows seed pellets from a batch disc pelletizer test in the FEECO Innovation Center. Many pelletization processes first begin by pre-conditioning fine powder with moisture; the material is pre-conditioned in a pin mixer, and then fed onto the disc pelletizer where it Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What Role do Pug Mills Play in Processing Copper Concentrates?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

In the copper production via smelting process, pug mills are used for mixing and conditioning. Pug mills are highly proficient at combining both solid and liquid feeds into a homogenous mixture, and are therefore an ideal mixing device in the smelting process. Numerous components are Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Before and After Processing in a Batch Pin Mixer

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

This week’s photo highlights a material before and after processing in the FEECO Innovation Center’s batch pin mixer. Pin mixers are adept for mixing, agglomerating, conditioning, micro-pelletizing, and de-dusting applications. The intense spinning action allows them to densify material and create small pellets, an ideal Continue reading →