Industrial Minerals & Abrasives Blog

World Wide Silica Pricing, Projected for 2014

The silica sand industry in the USA is continuing to be dramatically transformed by the massive increase in the hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells.

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Central Dust Collection Complicates Multi-Cabinet Systems

Large plants often rely on one central system to pipe compressed air to all air tools and blast equipment, because doing so can be more efficient than operating compressors at several locations within the plant. This example often leads plant engineers to believe that a central dust collector can provide the same efficiencies.

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Helpful Hints: Determining When to Change Wet Blasting Media

Especially in a wet system, when media fractures and becomes smaller, the particles do not have enough mass to perform any etching or cleaning work.

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Helpful Hints: Gearing Up for Spring: Pool Surface Prep

Washing your concrete pool is important to remove any existing oil residue. The best washing solution is tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) mixed with warm water. NEVER use a soap-type detergent.

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Sandblasting Nozzle Selection

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Concrete Surface Preperation

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U.S. Silica to Increase Prices for Silica and Aplite Products

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. recently announced that its Industrial and Specialty Products business is increasing prices for the majority of its non-contracted silica sand..

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Mike Michaelis talks about the best choice of fillers for seamless flooring systems.

Pros and Cons of Using White Aluminum Oxide:

  • Extreme Hardness and Durability- Best you can get in a clear/white filler (Moh Hardness 9)
  • Wide Range of Particle Size Availability
  • Color Transparency- Will take on the color of whatever system it is in
  • High Cost versus Silica Fillers @ approximately $22 per gallon

Pros and Cons of Using…

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North America to Lead Silica Sand Boom

Uncle Sam may be worried about silica, but North American industry apparently is not, as the region prepares to lead the global growth of silica sand through 2018, according to a new market forecast.

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AGSCO New Jersey operation expands to serve growing Eastern marketplace.

AGSCO Corporation (www.agsco.com ), a leading manufacturer, toll blender, and distributor of industrial minerals announces that expansion and relocation of its New Jersey operation to Pine Brook, NJ is complete and ready to serve an expanding customer base.

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