All Blog Posts about ‘Lab’

Challenges in Potash Processing

This article was authored by:

Chris Kozicki
Agglomeration Expert

Potash pellets on a sieve.

More than 30 million tonnes of potash are produced worldwide each year, making it an important mineral for a number of product manufacturers, as well as an integral component in fruitful crop production. However, potash’s widespread use does not mean it is always easy to Continue reading →

 

A General History of Potash Processing

This article was authored by:

Shane Le Capitaine
Thermal Processing Expert

Potash Granules

Modern potash processing is a relatively succinct practice, with today’s leading manufacturers boasting decades of experience generating quality potash products. However, the potash industry actually got its start using a very different process altogether. From its early days as a by-product of burned wood, to Continue reading →

 

Challenges in Gypsum Processing

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Chris Kozicki
Agglomeration Expert

Challenges in Gypsum Processing

From drywall to soil amendments, and even tofu, gypsum products surround the average person every day. In fact, the United States alone consumes more than 30 million tons of gypsum annually. Gypsum has many unique characteristics that contribute to its popularity, and gypsum processing works 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 Metal Recovery

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: Control Screen

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

FEECO Lab Control Screen

Today’s photo highlights a control screen from the FEECO Innovation Center. FEECO has partnered with Rockwell Automation to bring our customers the very best in automation control, data collection, and reporting in our testing facility. This advanced technology allows us to select the applicable equipment and Continue reading →

 

Soil Amendments and Conditioners Vital in Soil Restoration

This article was co-authored by:

Shane Le Capitaine
Thermal Processing Expert

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Soil Amendments and Conditioners Vital in Soil Restoration

Soil health has become a topic of increasing importance in recent years as scientists call for action around restoring the world’s deteriorating soils. Soils around the globe have become depleted of the materials necessary to promote a flourishing soil environment and the subsequent nutritious crops Continue reading →

 

Process Development Essential to Bentonite Processing Operations

This article was authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Bentonite Process Development Testing

Bentonite clay, with its extraordinary properties, is one of the most important clay minerals in modern industry. The clay has become a mainstay not only in the products industries and consumers rely on, but the processes as well, lending its diverse qualities to each and Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: How does the Binder Spray System Affect Pelletization?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

How does the Binder Spray System Affect Pelletization? Binder Spray System on a Disc Pelletizer (Disc Pelletiser, Pan Granulator)

Pelletizing on a pan pelletizer requires the help of a binding agent to achieve agglomeration. This is accomplished through the use of a spray system. The binding agent, and the way it is dispersed, plays a role in successful agglomeration. The following variables should be Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What are the Benefits of Pre-Conditioning your Material?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Benefits of Preconditioning

Adding a pre-conditioning step to a process offers many benefits. Pre-conditioning prepares a material for agglomeration, and helps to streamline subsequent processing steps. Advantages include:     An optimally prepared feedstock provides consistency to a process. Feedstock that has been pre-conditioned is less likely to Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Batch Rotary Kiln Test

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Batch Rotary Kiln Test

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 →

 


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