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AirSweep Material Flow Test: Bentonite

The AirSweep® System guarantees on-demand flow for any kind of material. The powerful air pulses are able to cut through tough materials that have a high moisture content. One good example is bentonite.

Bentonite: Applications

Bentonite is a special clay made from volcanic ash. It highly absorbent and adsorbent, and is used in many industries as a binding, thickening or purifying agent.

  • Metal production. Bentonite helps prepare molding sand for the production of iron and steel, or are used as a binding agent for production of iron ore pellets
  • Construction. Bentonite is used as a lubricant in diaphragm walls, and in the production of Portland cement and mortars. It is also added as a sealing material.
  • Food processing. It is used to remove impurities from edible oils like soya, palm and canola. It is also used as a clarification agent for beer, mineral water, sugar, and honey.
  • Agriculture. Bentonite is often used as a pelletizing agent in animal feed production, or a porous carrier for herbicides and pesticides.
  • Cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Bentonite clay is a popular ingredient for detox masks and cleansers, or added as a filler to create pastes in creams, lotions, and face creams.
  • Household. Bentonite draws out impurities in solvents used to make laundry detergents, soaps, and fabric softeners.

AirSweep®

Bentonite is prone to bridging, arching and clumping, especially in moist or humid conditions. Pneumatic flow aids like AirSweep® break through material blocks in seconds. Our Bentonite material flow test shows how a vessel becomes completely clean after just a few Airsweep® air pulses.