All Blog Posts about ‘Lab’

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 →

 

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 →

 

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 →

 

Photo of the Week: Agglomeration Test in Procress

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

This week’s photo highlights an agglomeration test in process at the FEECO Innovation Center. Pellets on a disc pelletizer are pictured. The FEECO Innovation Center is equipped for both pressure and non-pressure agglomeration tests on either a single piece of equipment, or in a continuous Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What Methods of Agglomeration can be Tested in the FEECO Innovation Center?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

The FEECO Innovation Center offers a variety of agglomeration test work to help develop new products, optimize current processes and more. The following highlights our agglomeration testing capabilities:   NON-PRESSURE Pelletizing (rotary drum or disc pelletizer): A wet process where material fines are rolled into Continue reading →

 

Improved Particle Characterization Comes to FEECO with New Particle Analyzer from Microtrac

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Craig Peppin
Service & Lab Manager

The ability to accurately measure a variety of particle characteristics throughout testing in the Innovation Center is a key component in ensuring agglomerates meet their desired specifications and ultimately, the requirements of their intended use. In addition to indicating product performance, the ability to look Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What Questions can be Answered through Rotary Dryer Testing?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

FEECO’s Innovation Center is a state-of-the-art facility equipped to run material tests in a rotary dryer alone, or through testing as part of a continuous process loop such as an agglomeration or granulation process. Dryer test work provides a wealth of valuable information, allowing our Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: Why Measure Material Characteristics During Agglomeration Process and Product Development?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Measuring specific material characteristics throughout process and product development is crucial because materials can be incredibly diverse; even the same material, though from a different deposit, may present varying characteristics. Because of these nuances, materials should be tested prior to, during and after agglomeration to help Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Mineral Processing

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

This week’s photo highlights FEECO’s mineral processing capabilities, showing a sample of agglomerated minerals from our Innovation Center. Pictured left to right are sulfur, dolomite, hematite, and potash. The FEECO Innovation Center is fully equipped for agglomeration and thermal test work, allowing us to process minerals Continue reading →

 

Challenges in Processing Phosphates

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Craig Peppin
Service & Lab Manager

Phosphate is a valuable mineral, mined for its life-giving capabilities to plants, animals, and humans in the form of phosphorus. A key component in crop production, livestock feed, and even in consumer products, in 2014 alone, world phosphate rock production was at 225 MT and Continue reading →