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Question of the Week: Why is it Desirable to Test Phosphates for Granulation?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Phosphates Testing

While both fertilizers and animal feeds are well-established industries, the FEECO Innovation Center often tests phosphates for customers looking to develop new and/or better products with different feed materials, or to help correct their current processing issues. Processing phosphates is no easy task. Samples vary Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: Why is Testing Critical to the Development of an Organics Granulation System?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Organics Granulation Testing

When it comes to working with organic materials, testing is critical because not all animal manures are the same. The manure FEECO typically works with varies from cattle, hog or chicken, composted, digested or raw, and screened or unscreened. The moisture rates also vary and Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: Why Compact Potash?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Potash Granules

Compaction granulation is an immensely effective, cost-efficient agglomeration option for potash and other salts, and it is an ideal method used to turn potash fines into a usable fertilizer product. Compaction granulation operates under the principle that under extreme pressure, some materials will adhere to themselves Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What are the Advantages of a Steep Incline Conveyor?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Steep Incline Conveyor

FEECO’s steep incline conveyors transport bulk materials at inclines from 18 degrees to 90 degrees, and offer many benefits as seen below: Decreased material degradation: Transfer points are eliminated through “L” and “S” shape designs. This allows for smooth, steady conveying. Handling efficiency: Corrugated sidewalls Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What is Measured During Rotary Dryer Feasibility Tests?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Rotary Dryer (Drier) Feasibility Testing

Various data points are measured during the rotary dryer feasibility tests conducted in FEECO’s Innovation Center, with the most common being:       Inlet and outlet moisture content of the material. Inlet and outlet material temperature. Material feed rate. Residence time. Inlet process air Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What’s the Difference Between a Compactor and a Briquetter?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Compactors and briquetters both operate under the assumption that some material fines, when put under extreme pressure, will self-adhere. While the overall pressure agglomeration concept is similar between the two, the ways in which compactors and briquetters actually process materials differs slightly. Compactors use two Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: How Can you Keep Your Belt Conveyor Running Smoothly?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Conveyor Maintenance

No matter what equipment you’re working with, your preventative maintenance program should require a routine, thorough inspection of the equipment at hand. The same holds true for belt conveyors. The following belt conveyor components should be regularly inspected to ensure ideal operation, and to extend Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What Should be Inspected in a Rotary Kiln?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Rotary Kiln Inspection

Rotary kilns, like any other high-performing piece of equipment, need regular inspection and maintenance to ensure ideal operation. The list below highlights the areas of a kiln that should consistently be inspected:   Refractory. Direct heat can cause the kiln’s refractory to become tremendously dry, Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: How does a Compactor Work?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Compactor

Compactors use pressure to form dense, jagged granules from material fines. They are frequently used in the fertilizer industry to produce fertilizer granules, but are also an effective solution for a multitude of materials including chemicals, metallic oxides, and more. Here’s how they work: material Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: Why are Rotary Dryers the Equipment of Choice in Frac Sand Drying?

This article was authored by:

Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Frac Sand Dryer (Drier)

Generally speaking, rotary dryers are the sand dryer of choice when it comes to frac sand, offering many benefits over other drying options. One reason rotary dryers are chosen over other dryer types is for their ability to accept large throughputs. Rotary dryers are high Continue reading →

 


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