During powder processing, agglomeration is defined as the process of amassing material fines into cohesive units like pellets or granules. Powder agglomeration means making fine powdery particles stick together to form larger particles that are easier to handle.
Agglomeration is also commonly referred to as particle size enlargement. While powder agglomeration results in particles that look visibly different, chemically speaking, the solid particles are the same as before they were agglomerated. The only difference is that agglomerated particles are held together by binding mechanisms that leave voids between the particles. These voids add porosity to the product, making agglomerated materials more soluble and permeable than loose powders.
Elcan Industries has a wide range of de-agglomerating equipment that can help break up and/or “delump” a wide variety of materials. Elcan helps companies recover good product from what might otherwise be considered wasted material. For instance, if you have material that has agglomerated in your factory and needs to be broken up, Elcan has the tools and the skills to get the job done right. Elcan has helped numerous companies turn a profit off agglomerated materials that have been laying around in the warehouse collecting dust. Many materials agglomerate over time in drums, bags, or supersacks. Elcan has developed several de-agglomerating processes to break them up and turn the material back into good product. We also have the capabilities to repackage the finished material into any packaging requirements our customers request.