Innovation Center

From agglomeration to thermal processing, we offer a variety of material testing options. Continue Reading →


Innovation Center

From agglomeration to thermal processing, we offer a variety of material testing options. Continue Reading →

The FEECO Innovation Center is a state-of-the-art testing facility where we can test both agglomeration and thermal processes at batch and pilot scale. Testing your material in the FEECO Innovation Center allows you to gather valuable material and process data. Whether you’re looking to develop a new product, solve a material problem, develop a new process, or even optimize an existing one, our process experts can work with you to develop a customized testing program around the answers you’re looking for.

We can then use the data gathered during testing to scale up the process, as well as engineer and manufacture custom equipment and process solutions, tailored to your exact processing needs.

We offer testing services in four categories:

Feasibility/Proof of Concept: An initial, non-witnessed batch testing phase in which the possibility of creating a product is explored.

Proof of Product: A more in-depth batch testing phase in which more time is spent determining whether a product can be made to desired specifications.

Proof of Process: A continuous testing phase that aims to establish the equipment setup and parameters required for continuous production of your specific material.

Process/Product Optimization: An in-depth study to optimize your specific material’s characteristics and/or production parameters in an industrial setting.


From testing on a single piece of equipment, to a continuous process loop, we offer a variety of equipment types, as well as support equipment to cover the full range of process testing needs. In addition, we are capable of making on-site, large-scale modifications to our facility in order to accommodate your testing needs.



  • Disc Pelletizer
  • Pin Mixers (2)


  • Disc Pelletizers (2)
  • Rotary Granulator
  • Paddle Mixer/Pug Mill
  • Pin Mixer
  • Hammer Mill
  • Rod Mill
  • Prater Mill
  • Rotex Screen – 2 deck
  • Circular Screen
  • Coating Drum


  • Rotary Kiln
  • Indirect Kiln
  • Flight Simulator


  • Rotary Kiln
  • Indirect Kiln
  • Rotary Dryer
  • Fluid Bed Dryer


  • Belt Conveyor
  • Bucket Elevator
  • Steep Incline Conveyor
  • Various Feeders


  • Muffle Furnace
  • Fluid Bed Sample Dryer
  • Tray Oven


  • Steam Generator with Steam Tanks


The FEECO Innovation Center provides a valuable opportunity to test your material or process in a controlled environment. Some of the many advantages to testing with FEECO include:

Material Experience:

FEECO has been a pioneer in material processing since the 1950s, and has extensive knowledge around thousands of materials and material samples. This experience allows us to better understand your project on both a micro and macro level and deliver a custom processing solution that contributes to your company’s bottom line.

Complete Process Knowledge:

As experts in process design, FEECO is familiar with each aspect of a process, from agglomeration and kiln processing, to drying and cooling, allowing us to look at how the process will function as a whole, instead of each individual portion.

Process Scale-up:

Once the process configuration has been defined, FEECO can aid in process scale-up, as well as manufacturing the custom equipment needed to get the job done.


The FEECO Innovation Center has helped companies around the world to transform various materials and process by-products into value-added products through agglomeration and thermal processing methods. The list below looks at some of the material and waste transformations performed in recent years, as well as the processing methods used to transform the material.

Beginning MaterialFinal End ProductAgglomerationDryingBlendingThermalRoll Compaction
Sulphur Stack EmissionsGranulated Fertilizersxxx
Calcium SulfateFertilizer Pelletsxxx
Ash (Wood, Fly)Fertilizer Pelletsxx
Bentonite ClayCat Litter Granulesxxx
Calcium ChlorideIce Melt Pelletsxx
Calcium CarbonateFertilizer Pelletsxx
Carbon Black DustDe-dusted Pelletsxx
Cement Kiln DustCalcium Fertilizer Pelletsxx
Cell Phone BatteriesLithium, Zinc Metal Recoveryx
ClayCat Litter, Oil Dry Granules, Encapsulate Seedsxxx
Coal DustDe-dusted Coal Pelletsxxx
Composts (Yard Waste)Fertilizer Pelletsxxx
Copper DustMetal Recovery Pelletsxxx
Corn CobsCat Litter, Oil Dry Pelletsxxx
Dredge SludgesNon-leaching Granulesxxx
Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) DustsMetal Recoveryxxx
Ethanol Plant Waste (DDG)Animal Feedxxx
Foundry DustMetal Recoveryxxx
Gold Ore DustPrecious Metal Recoveryxxx
Grain DustNon-explosive Pelletsxxx
Gypsum Wallboard WasteFertilizer, Cat Litter Pelletsxxx
HumateFertilizer Pelletsxxx
Iron OxideMetal Recovery Pelletsxxx
Lime (Waste Water Treatment Sludge)Calcium Fertilizer Pelletsxxx
LimestoneCalcium Fertilizer Pelletsxxx
Talc OreSterilized Baby Powderx
Manure – Cattle/Chicken/HogFertilizer Pelletsxxx
Soda BottlesRecycled Plasticx
MAP FertilizersFertilizer Pelletsxxx
Municipal WastesFertilizer, Fuel Pelletsxxx
Nitrogen FertilizersFertilizer Pelletsxxx
NPK BlendsFertilizer Pelletsxxxx
Paper SludgeFertilizer, Cat Litterxxx
Petroleum Coke DustFuel Pelletsxxxx
Phosphates PowderFertilizer Pelletsxxx
Potassium ChlorideFertilizer Pelletsxxxx
Saw DustCat Litter, Fuel Pelletsxxxx
Soy FlourAnimal Feedxxx
Steel Dusts and SludgesMetal Recovery Pelletsxxxx
SugarSugar Pelletsxxx
Sulphur DustNon-explosive Pelletsxxx
Tar Sands Waste SludgeSubstitute Fuel Pelletsxxx
Titanium Metal ShavingsMetal Recoveryxxx
Iron OreMetal Recovery Pelletsxx
Glass BatchGlass Blendxxx
Ceramic / AluminumRefractoryxx
Paper SludgeBright White Clayx
GypsumFertilizer Pelletsxx
Zinc OxideMetal Recovery Pelletsxxx
Nickel OreMetal Recovery Pelletsxx
Kaolin ClayCoating Paperxx
Tungsten OxideMetal Recovery Pelletsxxx
Raw CoalPurified Coalx
Bone MealFertilizerxx
Ammonium SulfateFertilizerx
Diatomaceous EarthFilter Agentxx
Titanium DioxidePigment Pelletsxxx
Urea FertilizersCoated to prevent moisture absorptionxxx


FEECO is a Rockwell Automation Partner, providing integrated process control solutions, both as a service in the Innovation Center, and as part of a system purchase.

During testing, we can monitor, trend, and adjust various data points in real-time, all from a single interface or mobile device, giving you an aerial view of your process and equipment performance.

This also provides unmatched data collection and reporting capabilities.



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