All Blog Posts about ‘Lab’

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 →

 

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 →

 

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 →

 


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