All Blog Posts about ‘Lab’

Question of the Week: What is the Importance of Testing in a Rotary Kiln?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Batch Kiln Testing

There are several reasons why it is desirable, even necessary, to conduct testing with a rotary kiln. The list below highlights the importance of such test work. To size and design a commercial size rotary kiln. Gathering data on the material and process set-up during Continue reading →

 

Challenges in Processing Phosphates

This article was co-authored by:

Chris Kozicki
Agglomeration Expert

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Challenges in Processing Phosphates

Phosphate is 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 2019 alone, world phosphate rock production was at 240 MT. Just as with any Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Bulk Density Test

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Bulk Density Test

This week’s photo shows a bulk density test in action. Here, our process expert is weighing raw material prior to processing in the Innovation Center. The ability to test bulk density ensures the product will meet the needs of its desired application. Bulk density is Continue reading →

 

Limestone Process Development in the FEECO Innovation Center

This article was co-authored by:

Chris Kozicki
Agglomeration Expert

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Limestone Process Development

Limestone is a crucial mineral in our everyday lives. With a host of industrial applications, limestone is used in everything from construction, to water treatment, and most of all, as a soil amendment in crop production.  In processing limestone for its many uses, drying and Continue reading →

 

How to Pelletize a Fine Powder

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Chris Kozicki
Agglomeration Expert

How to Pelletize a Fine Powder

Pelletizing is a type of agitation agglomeration used across industries to convert fine powder materials into granular products. The practice offers a number of benefits, and as a result, continues to be employed in a growing number of applications ranging from minerals to specialty chemicals.  Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Dissolving Test

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Chris Kozicki
Agglomeration Expert

Dissolving Test in the FEECO Lab

Our Photo of the Week this week shows a test that frequently occurs in the FEECO Innovation Center: a dissolving test. During agglomeration testing, it is common to place pellets into beakers of water to see how fast they dissolve. The pellets on the left Continue reading →

 

Challenges in Limestone Processing

This article was authored by:

Chris Kozicki
Agglomeration Expert

Limestone Pellets

Limestone is a versatile commodity used to create products for agricultural, environmental, and industrial purposes. Cement, paint, soil amendments, and even breakfast cereals all contain this resourceful mineral. Of course, mined limestone is not naturally found in a suitable form for many of these products. Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Clumped Limestone

This article was co-authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Chris Kozicki
Agglomeration Expert

Clumped limestone

This week’s photo shows a sample of clumped limestone. Limestone, like other naturally occurring materials, is susceptible to agglomeration processing challenges, clumping included.  For this reason, testing is often carried out to become familiar with the unique characteristics of that specific limestone source and any Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What Role does Green Strength Play in Agglomeration?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

What Role Does Green (Wet) Strength Play in Agglomeration?

Green strength, also known as wet strength, refers to a pellet’s strength prior to drying. Pellets need a certain amount of strength to withstand the number of drop points during processing; this includes leaving the agglomeration equipment such as the pan pelletizer or drum agglomerator, Continue reading →

 

Increasing Efficiency with Process Training for Pelletizing

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Craig Peppin
Service & Lab Manager

Increasing Efficiency with Process Training for Pelletizing (Pelletising)

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 →

 


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