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Top 5 Heyl & Patterson Blog Posts of 2015: The Year in Review

Posted by Chelsea Finlay on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 @ 10:34 AM

Since 2010 Heyl & Patterson has been blogging on the latest trends in bulk handling and thermal processing. Thank you to all of our blog subscribers for making 2015 great. It has been a busy year here at H&P and we appreciate you spending the time to read our content while sipping your mid-morning coffee.

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Tags: Heyl & Patterson, industrial dryers, rotary dryers, process equipment, railcar movers, fluid bed dryers, continuous barge unloader (cbu), coal ash, pug mill mixers

Direct Heat or Indirect Heat for Rotary Dryers

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

One of the most important factors in determining the type of rotary dryer that is most appropriate for a certain process is the usage of direct or indirect heat.  Rotary dryers are capable of utilizing either direct convection style heat transfer or indirect heat transfer, in which hot surfaces within the dryer provide heat by conduction and radiation.  The determination of direct or indirect drying is contingent on the properties of the material to be dried, the process conditions and the desired end product.

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Tags: industrial dryers, rotary dryers, process equipment

Understanding Kaolin Processing, Mining and Uses

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Nov 04, 2015 @ 08:51 AM

Kaolin was first discovered in the hills of southeastern China, and its name translates as "high ridge" as a reference to the area of the country where it is mined.  It was first mined on a large scale during the 7th century to manufacture porcelain, and still produces large quantities of the world's supply, giving it an alternate name of China clay.  Although China has an abundance of this white powdery clay material, its quality in that region of the world is lacking.  Kaolin is found around the world, but high-quality deposits that boast exceptional whiteness, viscosity and other favorable characteristics are rare.  The United Kingdom, Brazil and southeast United States each have formations of remarkable quality.

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Tags: industrial dryers, rotary dryers, calciners, powder & bulk solids, mineral processing

Mica Processing: Methods, Uses and Applications

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Oct 14, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Mica is a mineral of the silicate family, and is known to most people as the glittering gold flakes in some rocks.  It splits into thin sheets when fractured, and is found in all three types of typical rock formations. The most common is muscovite mica, also called potassium mica, which is found in both metamorphic and igneous rocks.  A black-colored variant called biotite commonly appears in igneous rocks such as granite, and also appears in metamorphic rock.  It is comparatively rare in sedimentary rocks, but where it does appear, its thin gold-like flakes are often confused with the genuine material.  Hence the term "fool's gold."

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Tags: rotary dryers, process equipment, MultiDisc thermal processor, fluid bed dryers, mineral processing

Bauxite Dryers for the Aluminum Production Process

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Oct 07, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Bauxite is the world's primary source of aluminum, one of the most useful and versatile metals known to man.  Aluminum is used for cookware, baseball bats, chairs, aluminum foil, electronics, coins, cans, flagpoles, heat sinks and transportation.  One scholar of J.R.R. Tolkien even suggests that the fictional element mithril might actually be aluminum.  The mineral was discovered in 1821 by the French geologist Pierre Berthier, near the village of Les Baux in Provence, southern France.  French chemist Henri Sainte-Claire Deville later named the mineral after the town itself.

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Tags: industrial dryers, rotary dryers, process equipment, mineral processing

Can Algae Drying Help Solve Our Energy Problem?

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 @ 09:13 AM

Scientists call the pervasive overgrowth of red algae, like pseudo-nitzschia, a “bloom."  Known by the ominous name of "red tides," blooms produce a toxin known as domoic acid that is harmful to animals and humans, threatens marine ecosystems and wreaks havoc with the fishing industry in affected areas.  During the summer of 2015, the largest red algae bloom on record grew in the warm waters off the coast of California.  This algal bloom, unusually dense and more poisonous than others, now stretches north to Alaska and promises severe repercussions for the Pacific Coast fishing industry.  The state of Washington recently closed public and commercial fishing of its popular Dungeness crab due to the toxic levels found in the marine life.

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Tags: industrial dryers, rotary dryers, process equipment, algae, biomass

Industrial Dryers Convert Waste into Usable Energy

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

The United States produces 220 million tons of municipal solid waste a year.  That means there is enough to fill a line of dump trucks all the way to the moon.  Unfortunately, that waste does not end up in space (at least not yet).  Approximately 120 million tons ends up in a landfill each year, where it sits completely useless, releasing greenhouse gases into the air and polluting the ground.  However, there is an alternative.  Various technologies, including thermal and non-thermal methods, can recover energy from dried and processed municipal waste.

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Tags: industrial dryers, rotary dryers, power generation, biomass

Frac Sand Dryers: Analyzing the Merits of Rotary and Fluid Bed Styles

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Frac sand plays the essential role of preventing fractures in oil and gas wells from closing prematurely.  Fluid bed and rotary dryers are used to thermally treat the sand to remove impurities before it is injected into the fissures.  Both methods of frac sand drying have their merits, and a decision between them ultimately comes down to equipment costs and maintenance issues. Heyl & Patterson recently explored the two types of frac sand dryers in an article published in Process Heating magazine's June 2015 issue, entitled "Using Rotary and Fluid Bed Dryers for Drying Frac Sand."  The article was featured as the cover story.

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Tags: industrial dryers, rotary dryers, fluid bed dryers, sand

Heyl & Patterson Blog Celebrates Five Years

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 @ 09:44 AM

The word "blog" is short for "web log," and is a website with posts providing commentary on a particular subject, much like a newspaper editorial column.  Blogging grew out of the burgeoning digital communities of the 1980s, which included Usenet, CompuServe and Bulletin Board Systems (BBS), and featured running commentary about various topics.  Early versions were a form of web diary that kept an intimate account of the authors' personal lives, and these ultimately evolved into the distinct class of online publishing we know today.  According to the web platform Technorati, there are now over 2.7 million blog posts published each day, and other recent statistics show that there are over 172 million Tumblr blogs and 75.8 million WordPress blogs in existence.

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Tags: Heyl & Patterson, rotary dryers, torrefaction, MultiDisc thermal processor, conduction drying, wagon tipplers, company history, railcar dumpers

Heyl & Patterson to Present Frac Sand Drying at Oilfield Mineral Forum

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, May 13, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Heyl & Patterson Inc., a world leader in bulk material handling and thermal processing systems, will present “Fluid Bed and Rotary Dryers for Frac Sand” at the 2015 Oilfield Minerals & Markets Forum on Thursday, May 28 at 4:30 PM CST at The Houstonian Hotel in Houston, TX.  The conference covers global shale gas development, utilization and outlook, and will be held on May 27-29.

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Tags: Heyl & Patterson, trade shows & conferences, rotary dryers, fluid bed dryers, sand