Material Testing

The FEECO International testing and tolling facility is a state of the art facility consisting of a pilot plant, tolling production plant, and analytical laboratory. (View our Lab Brochure)

The pilot plant can be set up for testing on a single piece of equipment, or multiple pieces of equipment as a continuous process loop. With over 60 years of testing experience, we’ve built a vast database on a variety of materials and test procedures. We can use our experience to help you make informed decisions on process design, and process optimization.

FEECO offers Bulk Material Handling Lab Testing

We welcome the opportunity to conduct a free “look-see” test on your material. There is no charge for this quick test to verify that your material will agglomerate. We require only one five-gallon pail of material in the state that you would want to process it and a current MSDS. We would also seek your input as to material characteristics such as size, strength and density you would require in a final product. We can select the most appropriate technology and conduct the testing for you. If you have specific ideas regarding the process development, we would value your input.

We have a broad knowledge of binder materials, characteristics and application rates. We also have a wide selection of binders on hand for establishing the most cost effective concentrations to use for your material.

AGGLOMERATION TESTING

Our state of the art agglomeration capabilities can provide solutions to your fine material needs. We can convert dusts, bulk powders, and sludges into free-flowing pellets for dust-free handling, or to improve product characteristics. We can also test a complete, continuous process with agglomeration, drying, particle sizing, and product recycle capabilities to create a highly efficient process. Our agglomeration lab facility is equipped to do roll compaction and non-pressure agglomeration (tumble growth). We can custom make disc pelletizers, rotary drum agglomerators, pin mixers, paddle mixers / pug mills, roll compactors, and briquetters to suit your agglomeration needs.

THERMAL TESTING

We can develop efficient designs as stand-alone thermal processing units, or complete systems, based around your material. We can meet your high temperature applications with our rotary dryers, rotary kilns, indirect rotary kilns, rotary calciners, and rotary coolers. FEECO’s lab has tested a variety of thermal processes such as calcining mined materials, disposal of restaurant cooking waste, and separation of precious metals from undesirable products. Our lab also has the ability to monitor Oxygen, Carbon Monoxide, Nitric Oxide, Nitrogen Dioxide, Sulfur Dioxide, and combustibles discharged from various thermal processes. We also have the ability to test flight design and pattern using our flight simulator.

Contact FEECO for your free bulk material handling lab test

Lab Equipment

Available Testing Equipment in the FEECO Lab
 
AGGLOMERATION
Disc Pelletizer 24″
Disc Pelletizer 36″
Disc Pelletizer 4′ 6″
Rotary Granulator 36″ x 9′
Paddle Mixer 14″ x 6′
Batch Pin Mixer 8″
Batch Pin Mixer 15″
Continuous Feed Pin Mixer 10″
SC Roll Compactor / Briquetting
Hammer Mill
Rod Mill
Prater Mill
Rotex Screen – 2 deck
Circular Screen 18″ & 36″
Pipe Reactor
Littleford Day Mixer
Coating Drum 2′ x 6′
THERMAL
Rotary Batch Kiln 18″ x 24″
Continuous Rotary Kiln 20″ x 20′
Indirect Kiln / Dryer
Rotary Dryer
with recycle loop 3′ x 20′
Fluid Bed Dryer, Calciner, Cooler
Rotary Dryer 20″ x 8′
Diameter Lifter Test Unit 46″

SUPPORT
Muffle Furnace
Batch Walk-In Oven
Fluid Bed Sample Dryer
Steam Generator with Tanks
Spargers and heat source for
hot melt granulation
MATERIAL HANDLING
Belt Conveyor
Bucket Elevator
Steep Incline Conveyor

FEECO Virtual Lab


Transformations

Here is a short list of Material Transformations that started in the FEECO Lab.

Beginning MaterialFinal End Product
Agglomeration
Drying
Blending
Thermal Roll
Compaction
Sulphur Stack EmissionsGranulated Fertilizersxxx
Calcium SulfateFertilizer Pelletsx
Ash (Wood, Fly)Fertilizer Pelletsxx
Bentonite ClayCat Litter Granulesxxx
Calcium ChlorideIce Melt Pelletsxx
Calcium CarbonateFertilizer Pelletsxx
Carbon Black DustDe-dusted Pelletsxx
Cement Kiln DustCalcium Fertilizer Pelletsxx
Cell Phone BatteriesLithium, Zinc Metal Recoveryx
ClayCat Litter, Oil Dry Granules, Encapsulate Seedsxxx
Coal DustDe-dusted Coal Pelletsxxx
Composts (Yard Waste)Fertilizer Pelletsxxx
Copper DustMetal Recovery Pelletsxxx
Corn CobsCat Litter, Oil Dry Pelletsxxx
ClayProppantsx
Dredge SludgesNon-leaching Granulesxxx
Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) DustsMetal Recoveryxxx
Ethanol Plant Waste (DDG)Animal Feedxxx
Foundry DustMetal Recoveryxxx
Gold Ore DustPrecious Metal Recoveryxxx
Grain DustNon-explosive Pelletsxxx
Gypsum Wallboard WasteFertilizer, Cat Litter Pelletsxxx
HumateFertilizer Pelletsxxx
Iron OxideMetal Recovery Pelletsxxx
Lime (Waste Water Treatment Sludge)Calcium Fertilizer Pelletsxxx
LimestoneCalcium Fertilizer Pelletsxxx
Talc OreSterilized Baby Powderx
Manure – Cattle/Chicken/HogFertilizer Pelletsxxx
Soda BottlesRecycled Plasticx
MAP FertilizersFertilizer Pelletsxxx
Municipal WastesFertilizer, Fuel Pelletsxxx
Nitrogen FertilizersFertilizer Pelletsxxx
NPK BlendsFertilizer Pelletsxxxx
Paper SludgeFertilizer, Cat Litterxxx
Petroleum Coke DustFuel Pelletsxxxx
Phosphates PowderFertilizer Pelletsxxx
Potassium ChlorideFertilizer Pelletsxxxx
Saw DustCat Litter, Fuel Pelletsxxxx
Soy FlourAnimal Feedxxx
Steel Dusts and SludgesMetal Recovery Pelletsxxxx
SugarSugar Pelletsxxx
Sulphur DustNon-explosive Pelletsxxx
Tar Sands Waste SludgeSubstitute Fuel Pelletsxxx
Titanium Metal ShavingsMetal Recoveryxxx
Iron OreMetal Recovery Pelletsxx
Glass BatchGlass Blendxxx
Ceramic / AluminumRefractoryxx
Paper SludgeBright White Clayx
GypsumFertilizer Pelletsxx
Zinc OxideMetal Recovery Pelletsxxx
Nickel OreMetal Recovery Pelletsxx
Kaolin ClayCoating Paperxx
Tungsten OxideMetal Recovery Pelletsxxx
Raw CoalPurified Coalx
Bone MealFertilizerxx
Ammonium SulfateFertilizerx
Diatomaceous EarthFilter Agentxx
Titanium DioxidePigment Pelletsxxx
Urea FertilizersCoated to prevent moisture absorptionxxx


Resources

Go to the Waste Transformation Resources → page to view:

  • Project Profiles
  • Photos
  • Brochures
  • Articles & White papers