All Blog Posts about ‘Lab’

Kiln Feasibility Testing

This article was co-authored by:

Process and Sales Engineer
Thermal Processing Expert

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Feasibility testing is an integral part in the development of many industrial processes, but it is perhaps especially critical in the thermal processing industry when working with rotary kilns. Rotary kilns use extremely high temperatures in order to cause chemical reactions or phase changes in Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: Will your Material Agglomerate?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

The FEECO Innovation Center receives a wide range of inquiries, with one of the most common questions asked being will my material agglomerate? Agglomeration is constantly finding its way into new applications, leaving many people wondering if it could be the solution to their material problem. Continue reading →

 

Sustainability in Industry: Employing Red Mud in Construction Materials

This article was authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

The looming threat of environmental contamination, climate change, and a growing need for raw materials has given way to a new age in how the world views and manages waste. As the population puts a strain on existing resources, never before has it been more Continue reading →

 

Employee Spotlight: Ron Eichhorn | Lab Supervisor

This article was authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Ron Eichhorn is the Lab Supervisor of the FEECO Innovation Center. Here, he oversees batch and pilot-scale process and product development tests for agglomeration, thermal processing, and material handling objectives. Ron started out in the FEECO Market Department in 1983, but his passion for materials Continue reading →

 

Red Mud: A Wealth of Opportunity for Metal Recovery

This article was co-authored by:

Process and Sales Engineer
Thermal Processing Expert

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Red mud, also commonly called bauxite residue, is a waste product left over from the Bayer process, in which alumina is extracted from bauxite ore. Produced in mass quantities (estimates hover around 1-2 tons of red mud per ton of alumina produced), red mud has Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Batch Rotary Kiln Test

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Our photo this week shows a batch rotary kiln test conducted in the FEECO Innovation Center. The batch kiln is used to simulate the conditions of a continuous, commercial rotary kiln. The kiln is lined with a lightweight castable refractory and heated with a propane burner. Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Pellets from the FEECO Innovation Center

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Today’s photo highlights various pellet samples produced in the FEECO Innovation Center.   The Innovation Center offers pelletization test work to transform raw material fines or dusts into round, spherical pellets as outlined in today’s featured photo. Test work is designed around each customer’s unique Continue reading →

 

Improving Agglomerates through Coating

This article was authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Coating is a finishing process used prolifically throughout industries working with agglomerates to meet a wide variety of objectives. A surface treatment for particles, coating can be used to enhance specific characteristics of a pellet, granule, or other agglomerate, be it a mineral, chemical, or Continue reading →

 

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 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 →