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

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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 →

 

Question of the Week: What is Conditioning?

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Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

What is Conditioning

Conditioning refers to the processing of bulk solids material for improved efficiency of downstream processing, improved material handling, or to improve product performance. Conditioning can be accomplished using numerous processes and equipment, all varying on the unique characteristics of the material to be processed and Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What Equipment is Used to Pre-Condition Material for Agglomeration?

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Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Equipment Used to Precondition Material for Agglomeration, Pugmill Mixer (Pug Mill, Paddle Mixer)

Pre-conditioning, or preparing material for agglomeration, is critical to agglomeration success; it can help improve further processing, and create a more refined end product. FEECO offers the following pre-conditioning equipment: Rotary Dryer. A material must fall within a set moisture range to agglomerate effectively. Materials Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What is the Difference Between a Rotary Dryer and a Fluid Bed Dryer?

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Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

What is the Difference Between a Rotary Dryer (Drier) and a Fluid Bed Dryer

Rotary dryers and fluid bed dryers differ in several ways, each offering their own unique advantages and disadvantages as seen in the chart below. Generally speaking, the choice between a rotary dryer and fluid bed dryer is often dictated by the material or specific industry. Continue reading →

 

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

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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 →

 

Question of the Week: What are the Benefits of Cooling Potash?

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Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Benefits of Cooling Potash

Though not always needed, a cooling step in potash processing is often utilized after the drying stage. Cooling the material offers many benefits to the end-product, as well as to the processing operation, such as: Increased efficiency: adding a potash cooler means the agglomerated product Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What Role does Drying Play in Non-Pressure Agglomeration?

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Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Drying in Non-pressure Agglomeration

Drying plays an important role in the non-pressure agglomeration process, both before and after agglomeration. Pre-Drying Drying is often used as a method of pre-conditioning material before pelletization, to help prepare the material for agglomeration. Since moisture is added during the agglomeration process (in the Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What Materials are Commonly Micro-Pelletized?

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Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

What Materials are Commonly Processed Using MicroPelletizing (Micropelletising)

Micro-pelletizing is the process of agglomerating material fines into small pellets, or micro-pellets, from 20-60 mesh. It is can be carried out in either pin mixer, or a pin mixer/pan pelletizer setup. Pin mixers alone are ideal when only small pellets or material conditioning is Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What are Rotary Dryer Knocking Systems?

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Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

Knocking Systems

Knocking systems are physical enhancements placed on the exterior of a rotary dryer to counteract sticking inside of the drum. They are most commonly fitted on the inlet end of the dryer where material entering in is the most wet and tacky. Build-up can occasionally Continue reading →

 

Question of the Week: What is Non-Pressure Agglomeration?

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Jenny Seim
Technical Writer

What is Non-pressure Agglomeration (also known as agitation agglomeration or tumble-growth agglomeration)?

Non-pressure agglomeration, also known as tumble growth agglomeration, is a process which uses a tumbling motion and binding agent to grow material fines or powders into a spherical pellet form.   Non-pressure agglomeration methods include: Pelletizing (rotary drum or disc pelletizer): a process where material Continue reading →

 


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