Bentonite acts as a binding agent in the manufacture of iron ore pellets. The process of pelletizing involves conversion of iron ores into uniformed sized iron ore pellets which are used as feed material in blast furnaces either for pig iron production or Direct Reduction Iron (DRI). Owing to the uniform size of the pellets, with purity of 63%- 65%, it results into faster reduction and high metallization rates.
Why CMS IOP®?
- It can sustain excellent bonding strength.
- It is an efficient and economical binding agent.
- It enables retention of pellet shape even on rough handling.
- It contains low silica, hence there is no extra slag formation.
- It has the ability to form excellent green and dry ball strength.
- It maintains binding strength before and after drying of pellets.
- It can withstand higher temperatures since it contains more percentage of metal.
- It hinders lumping and can absorb excess moisture and oils due to its high absorbing properties.
- CMS IOP Grade Bentonite has higher natural percentage of iron, which makes it ideal for isolating iron ore pellets with the maximum percentage of iron.
- The Iron Ore Pelletization plant is able to maintain active clay levels with reduced additions of Bentonite since IOP grade bentonite has higher montmorillonite values.
- It has higher water update & retention capacity (Water Plate) that develops actual bond between particles which eventually results into good water absorption and enables easy as well as, faster formation of pellets.