All Blog Posts about ‘Compactors’

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: What Role Does Drying Play in the Compaction Process?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Because compaction is a dry process, usually not requiring binder, drying is often not needed. However, drying can be added to the process set-up to improve resistance to attrition, or the breakdown of granule edges. The granules created during the compaction process can be wetted Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: Why Compact Potash?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Compaction granulation is an immensely effective, cost-efficient agglomeration option for potash and other salts, and it is an ideal method used to turn potash fines into a usable fertilizer product. Compaction granulation operates under the principle that under extreme pressure, some materials will adhere to themselves Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What’s the Difference Between a Compactor and a Briquetter?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Compactors and briquetters both operate under the assumption that some material fines, when put under extreme pressure, will self-adhere. While the overall pressure agglomeration concept is similar between the two, the ways in which compactors and briquetters actually process materials differs slightly. Compactors use two Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: How does a Compactor Work?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Compactors use pressure to form dense, jagged granules from material fines. They are frequently used in the fertilizer industry to produce fertilizer granules, but are also an effective solution for a multitude of materials including chemicals, metallic oxides, and more. Here’s how they work: material Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: Can all Materials Benefit from Briquetting or Compaction Granulation?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Both briquetting and compaction granulation are types of pressure agglomeration, whereby a material is put under extreme pressure, causing it to bind to itself. While these two methods of agglomeration are effective for many materials, they are not an option for all materials. Some materials Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Micro-Compactor in the Lab

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Craig Peppin
Service & Lab Manager

Micro-compactor

This week’s photo is a micro-compactor, a type of pressure agglomeration equipment used for compaction granulation feasibility studies. Micro-compactors are regularly utilized in FEECO’s lab for testing purposes. Compared to a full-size compactor, micro-compactors are capable of processing an extensive range of materials in small Continue reading →

 

Pelletization Vs. Compaction Granulation

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Chris Kozicki
Agglomeration Expert

Pellets (left) and Granules (right)

Agglomeration is used throughout a variety of industries, from mining and minerals, to fertilizers and specialty chemicals, as a means of improving product characteristics and enhancing processing conditions. In addition to these benefits, agglomeration also solves a number of problems associated with material fines:   Continue reading →

 

Maintenance Considerations for your Potash Processing Operation

This article was authored by:

Travis Ouradnik
Customer Service Engineer

Potash Processing

A potash processing facility includes many pieces of equipment that are not only a big financial investment, but also critical to daily operation. In order to protect investments, prevent costly downtime, and extend the life of equipment, regular potash equipment maintenance is a necessity. Potash Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Compactor

This article was co-authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Chris Kozicki
Agglomeration Expert

Compactor

Our photo this week is a compactor, a machine utilized in the agglomeration industry to increase the size of material fines. Compactors use a mechanical force to press fines onto sheets. The sheets are then crushed and screened, producing a granular material without the use Continue reading →