The Importance of Material Characteristics in Rotary Dryer Sizing

This article was co-authored by:

Shane Le Capitaine
Thermal Processing Expert

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Rotary Dryer (Drier) Sizing

The process of sizing a rotary dryer is one of precise engineering involving complex calculations and meticulous design. While the process is not well simplified into a few paragraphs, an explanation can be offered as to some of the concepts behind the process of rotary Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What are Indirect Coolers Used for?

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Shane Le Capitaine
Thermal Processing Expert

What are Indirect Coolers Used For

While indirect coolers are used far less commonly than their direct cooling counterparts, they are often the best solution in a few specialty applications. A direct cooler relies on direct contact between the material and chilled air in order to cool the material, which can Continue reading →

 

Types of Conveyor Belts & Belt Cleaners

This article was authored by:

Dan Baxter
Material Handling Sales Engineer

Types of Conveyor Belts and Belt Cleaners

When selecting the proper belt conveyor for your process needs, it is critical to consider the different types of conveyor belts (and belt cleaners) available. In order for a conveyor to operate at its full potential, the correct belting and cleaning options must be selected. Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Solubility Test

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Solubility test with coated and uncoated agglomerates

This week’s photo comes from the FEECO Innovation Center, where a sample is ready for a solubility test. Solubility tests, or dissolving tests, look at how agglomerates behave in water. By submerging the agglomerated product in beakers of water, our process experts specifically analyze if Continue reading →

 

Rotary Drum Retention Time Demystified

This article was authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Rotary Drum Retention Time

In the field of continuous bulk solids processing equipment, retention time can be one of the most influential variables in a process setting, particularly when processing material in a rotary dryer, rotary kiln, granulator, or other type of rotary drum. Despite its importance, however, retention Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What Causes Refractory Failure in a Rotary Kiln?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

What Causes Refractory Failure in a Rotary Kiln

Cycling and chemical incompatibility are the two main causes of refractory failure in a rotary kiln. Cycling Cycling is the heating up and cooling down of a rotary kiln, and it is the largest source of refractory failure. Refractory expands with the kiln as it Continue reading →

 

Belt Conveyor Selection: Basic Functionality

This article was authored by:

Dan Baxter
Material Handling Sales Engineer

Belt Conveyor

A belt conveyor can come in many shapes and sizes and have an almost unlimited amount of interchangeable components, not to mention the number of add-ons available. Selecting the belt conveyor that best fits the processing system at hand can be overwhelming. The reason for Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Granulation Drum

This article was co-authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Shane Le Capitaine
Thermal Processing Expert

Granulator (Granulation Drum)

This week’s photo is a granulation drum inside the FEECO manufacturing facility. Granulation drums, or granulators, are commonly used to process fertilizer. When the drum rotates, fertilizer granules tumble along the interior of the drum, creating an agglomerated, uniform shape. FEECO custom designs granulation drums Continue reading →

 

Food & Fertilizer Production Top Priorities for the White House

This article was authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Food and Fertilizer Production Top Priorities for White House

The White House recently announced three initiatives that will help to mitigate the rising cost of food hitting Americans, as well as food shortages being seen globally due in large part to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The initiatives center on improving crop production in the US, Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What is Heat Setting?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

What is Heat Setting?

Rotary kilns use heat to cause a physical change or chemical reaction in a particular material, and can be utilized to carry out a variety of processes. One of the more common processes carried out in a rotary kiln is heat setting. This refers to the act of Continue reading →

 


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