Question of the Week: How does a Rotary Kiln Work?

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Process and Sales Engineer
Thermal Processing Expert

The interior of a rotary kiln.

Rotary kilns use extremely high temperatures combined with controlled retention times to cause a chemical reaction or phase change in a material. At certain temperatures (different per each material), a material will undergo a chemical reaction or phase change. This is often necessary to bring Continue reading →

 

Rotary Drum Granulator Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This article was co-authored by:

Shane Le Capitaine
Thermal Processing Expert

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Rotary Drum Granulator

Rotary drum granulators, also known as agglomeration or granulation drums, are pivotal to a wide array of industrial processes, helping producers working with bulk solids to condition and agglomerate their materials for downstream processing, easier handling, and improved performance.  In selecting agglomeration/granulation equipment and evaluating Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Seed Pellets

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Seed Pellets in the Pelletizing (Pelletising) Process

This week’s photo shows seed pellets from a batch disc pelletizer (pan granulator) 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 Continue reading →

 

The Pin Mixer: An Ideal Solution for Processing Ultra-Fine Materials

This article was co-authored by:

Chris Kozicki
Agglomeration Expert

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

The Pin Mixer: An Ideal Solution for Ultra-Fine Materials

The pin mixer is an industrial mixing solution ideal for mixing, conditioning, and agglomerating material fines in the presence of a binder. While the pugmill mixer (paddle mixer) is best suited for heavy-duty materials such as ores, the pin mixer excels in applications where extremely Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What are Common Paddle Mixer Applications?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Common Pugmill Mixer (Pug Mill, Paddle Mixer) Applications

Paddle mixers are relatively flexible devices, able to mix, condition, and agglomerate a diverse range of bulk solid materials. They are also adept at processing both liquid and solid feeds, and can be used as stand-alone pieces of equipment, or prior to processing in a Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Coating Drum in Operation

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Shane Le Capitaine
Thermal Processing Expert

Coating Drum in operation

This photo of the week shows the inside of a coating drum while in operation at the FEECO Innovation Center. Coating pellets is desirable for many reasons, including to control dust, caking, or moisture absorption, or to improve flowability of a material. Coatings are also Continue reading →

 

US Makes Progress Toward Critical Minerals Supply Chain, but Work Remains

This article was authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

US Critical Minerals Progress

The US has made an important step toward building a domestic supply chain of critical minerals with a recent commitment to mapping the nation’s resources. As one of the industry’s leading mineral processing equipment suppliers, we’re watching the situation closely. Here’s a look at what’s Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What are the Variables to Consider when Operating a Pan Pelletizer?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Disc Pelletizer (Pelletiser, Pan Granulator) in Operation

Pan pelletizer operation is oftentimes considered an art because of the many mechanical and process variables that must be properly combined to achieve the desired pellet characteristics. A trained operator is necessary to create the most efficient pelletization process, and the most ideal end-product. The Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Replacement/Spare Thrust Rollers

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Rotary Drum Thrust Roller

This week’s photo highlights one of FEECO’s many replacement/spare parts: the thrust roller. Thrust rollers are a standard component to any rotary drum, from rotary dryers and coolers, to granulators and kilns. They ride on the downhill and uphill edge of the tire, and are Continue reading →

 

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 →

 


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