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Railcar Movers Keep Urea Processing Plants Pushing Forward

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Urea, sometimes called carbamide, is a solid organic crystalline compound that is colorless, odorless and highly water soluble.  It is formed naturally in mammals, and serves an important role in the liver as the main nitrogen-containing product that breaks down amino acids, proteins and ammonia into waste.  The kidneys scrub the urea from the blood and deposit it into the urinary tract, and it then makes up the chief solid material dissolved in urine.  Urea can also be synthesized inexpensively from abundantly available inorganic materials.  Because urea offers wide-ranging uses in many different industries, it is produced regularly and is available in large quantities for use throughout the world.

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Tags: bulk material handling equipment, railcar movers, fertilizer, railcar indexers, CUB railcar mover, train positioners

Drying Potash Leads to the Highest Quality Final Product

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 @ 09:18 AM

Mined and manufactured salts containing water-soluble potassium are known as potash.  Prior to the Industrial Revolution, the primary means of obtaining it was by using water in a pot to leach it from wood ash, hence the name "potash."  In fact, the scientific name "potassium" was derived from the word.  It is now mined from ancient marine seas where it is found in abundance, occurring naturally as potassium salts, or as we know it, "table salt."  Potash is then processed from potassium compounds and potassium-bearing materials, usually as potassium chloride.  This salt is separated from the potash and used for a variety of salts -- table salt, livestock salt, water softener, and road de-icer.

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Tags: industrial dryers, fluid bed dryers, fertilizer, mineral processing

Fertilizer Drying Leads to Higher Yields

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Farmers are responsible for nearly every morsel of food we see on our tables each day.  Whether it's crops of grains, fruits and vegetables, or feed for the animals that provide us with meat and dairy products, ensuring that growers are able to get the best possible fertilizer is not just in their best interest, but everyone's.  Fertilizer dryers come into play in order to get higher yields, and to understand why, it is necessary to first take a brief look into what fertilizer does and its important role in our lives.

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Tags: industrial dryers, rotary dryers, fertilizer, dewatering

Potash Drying is Vital to the Fertilizer Industry

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 09:42 AM

Potash is a mined salt that contains potassium as a primary ingredient.  Its formation is the result of the evaporation of bodies of water over hundreds of thousands of years, leaving potassium in their wake.  The substance was then buried deep in soil hundreds of feet under the ground, and was originally discovered during the oil-drilling process in Saskatchewan, where the largest potash reserves are located to this day.

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Tags: industrial dryers, process equipment, fertilizer, powder & bulk solids, dewatering, mineral processing

H&P Process Spotlight: Fertilizer Processing

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, May 22, 2013 @ 10:47 AM

Fertilizers have significantly improved the quality and quantity of the food available today.  Modern fertilizers are composed mainly of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium compounds.  These components have limited quantities in soil, and they dwindle as plants are harvested, causing a reduction in the quality and yield of plants.  Fertilizers replace the chemical components that are taken from the soil by growing plants and actually create a better growing environment than natural soil.

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Tags: industrial dryers, process equipment, H&P Process Spotlight, fluid bed dryers, fertilizer