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How We Solve Agrochemical Problems

LCI Corporation offers customized solutions and process expertise to solve your most difficult solid and liquid agricultural process problems. From the development and production of pesticide/herbicide pellets to the concentration or evaporation of your active ingredient, LCI has process experts ready to develop the customized solution to fit your specific needs. LCI's core products include extrusion-spheronization equipment, thin film evaporators, and short path evaporators. LCI also offers solid handling equipment that can assist you with difficult to feed materials.

Solids Applications

Our process solutions allow us to do what was previously difficult or impossible for our clients, including:

  • Produce water dispersible granules (WDGs)
  • Create controlled release pellets
  • Develop scatter bait formulations
  • Protect your product with a more difficult to counterfeit form
  • Achieve better dosing – repeatable fill weights
  • Obtain better product consistency
  • Allow for easy clean out for fast change over between products
  • Minimize the issues caused by spills and eliminate the risk of splash with a solid form
  • Lower the risk of inhalation with a non-dusting form
  • Eliminate the need to protect against frost
  • Increase shelf life with no long term stability issues
  • Eliminate issues with bridging or flow of difficult to feed material
  • Benefit from formulation and technical support from process experts

The Granular Solids Process

The Solids Handling Process

1. Feeding

Circle Feeder – Up to 1.9 m3/min (~68 ft3/min)

The Circle Feeder™ is widely known for its ability to prevent material arching, bridging, and ratholing. The Circle Feeder™ can be manufactured with several outlets for “one to multiple” feeding, which saves on equipment, space, and maintenance costs.

2. Kneading

Continuous Kneader – Up to 480 L (~125 gal) working volume

The Continuous Kneader is a counter rotating twin shaft mixer. The Kneader mixes powders and liquids together continuously and homogeneously, making it ideal for continuous downstream processes that require consistent moisture levels. Can be jacketed for heating or cooling applications.

3. Extrusion

Basket Granulator™ - Lowest pressure extruder – Up to 1500 kg/hr (~3305 lb/hr)

Twin Screw Xtruder™ - Radial Configuration – Up to 1200 kg/hr (~2645 lb/hr)

The Extruder transforms the homogeneous wet mass to produce well-formed cylindrical extrudates of a controlled diameter. The extrudates break off by their own weight and are collected for the next processing step. Depending on the desired end product, the wet extrudates will either be spheronized or dried.


4. Drying and Packaging

The wet extrudates (or spheres) exiting the extruder (or spheronizer) are charged to the inlet of a Continuously Vibrating Fluid Bed Dryer. The dried granules (or spheres) are then discharged to sieving and / or packaging.

Drying of wet extrudates

Liquid Applications

Our process solutions allow us to do what was previously difficult or impossible for our clients, including:

  • Concentrate active ingredients (AI)
  • Gently distill temperature sensitive products
  • Concentration of botanical extracts and fermentation broths
  • Develop a solvent recovery system
  • Dry and dewatering dilute products
  • Increase yields with short residence times
  • Achieve consistent batch quality with superior mixing efficiency
  • Increase heat transfer and flowability for viscous concentrated products
  • Allow for proteins and other fouling prone products to be continuously cleaned from the heated wall by the rotor
  • Obtain high product purity by stripping out impurities down to very low residual levels
  • Short residence resulting in better product quality, consistency, repeatability, and control especially for once through continuous configurations
  • Utilize clean-in-place technology

Agrochemical Case Studies

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