All Blog Posts about ‘Lab’

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 →

 

Question of the Week: What is the Difference Between Hygroscopic and Hydrophobic Materials?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

What is the Difference Between Hygroscopic and Hydrophobic?

Simply stated, hygroscopic materials absorb moisture, whereas hydrophobic materials do not absorb moisture from the environment. Knowing which category a material falls under plays an important role in our work in the Innovation Center; it affects the way in which a material is both stored Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Potash Samples

This article was co-authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Chris Kozicki
Agglomeration Expert

Potash Samples

This week’s photo shows four distinct potash samples that were agglomerated in the FEECO Innovation Center. Each sample varies in color, depending on both mining location and binder used during processing. Potash is commonly mined in Canada and parts of the United States, with colors Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What are the Benefits of Feasibility Testing with a Rotary Dryer?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Benefits of Rotary Dryer (Drier) Feasibility Testing

Feasibility testing provides unparalleled information when designing a rotary dryer. Testing can help confirm the viability of the intended process, and allows one to work out process variables to help define the recipe for successful drying. The reasons to engage in rotary dryer feasibility testing Continue reading →

 

Photo of the Week: Pelletizing Fine Powder

This article was co-authored by:

Carrie Carlson
Technical Writer

Chris Kozicki
Agglomeration Expert

Pelletizing (Pelletising) a Fine Powder

This week’s photo shows a material before and after it was pelletized. The material, a fine powder, was difficult to handle because it was so dusty. The material fines seen on the left were processed on a pan pelletizer to turn them into dust-free, easy Continue reading →

 

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 →

 


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