Minerals and Their Useful Properties: The Fuller’s Earth Component

Today, all 78 chemical elements contained in the Earth’s crust are used in industry.  Each of them, in one way or another, is engaged in different industries and certainly have become the part of everyday life in the modern world.  But, it is not always obvious.  Probably in most cases we do not even see or understand exactly what these elements are and what they are used for.  But, they are all around us in many different products and services we use everyday.  Moreover, every kind of chemical element can be used in several ways and in many different applications.

Nowadays, businessmen are always looking for ways to reduce expenses and save precious resources.  The problems of environmental pollution and depletion of mineral resources in the available areas of extraction can greatly change the conventional technological decisions concerning production and the ability to turn a profit.

One of the most widely used petroleum products is industrial oil of which there are many different types for many different uses.  Transformer Oil, with its dielectric properties, is an available and reliable means of liquid insulation, cooling medium, and dielectric protection for electric power transformers, power turbines, and industrial grade hydraulic equipment.

Due to the relatively long service life of industrial oil, the industry has not been looking for an alternative that would serve the same purpose as industrial oil.  Industrial oils can last between three to ten years before replacement or replenishing of antioxidant additives becomes necessary.  Quality industrial oil can support continuous, undisturbed operation and protection of industrial systems for long periods of time.  Additionally,  industrial oil is a cost effective and a highly accessible resource.   During the service life of the oil, it normally does not have an aggressive effect on the local ecology and does not produce exhaust gases or emissions that can pollute the environment.

There is however, an environmental problem that may be posed by the creation of industrial waste oils.  And this problem has become the center of discussions that include: (1) monetary fines for environmental pollution; (2) complete replacement of the waste oil in engines and systems; (3) reduction of costs for the purchase, delivery, and filling of  new oil; and (4) avoidance of “unauthorized” violations in the operation of industrial oil-filled equipment.

The decision of whether or not to replace industrial waste oil, should be based on the availability of various complex systems for filtration, degassing, and regeneration based on the different adsorbent materials such as Fuller’s Earth.

Recent industry research has revealed that the most effective oil processing result is one that employs a machine that is capable of regenerating oil in a single-pass through the filtering system.  The oil should be restored to like new condition.  Additionally, the filtering system should be able to process large amounts of oil or fluid continuously without having to replace the sorbent materials.  The sorbent materials should be renewable and be capable of continued use for hundreds of oil/fluid regeneration cycles.  In choosing a system, we look for efficiency, cost effectiveness, and environmental protection.

The “Fuller’s Earth” adsorbent is clearly accepted as the most popular material for the regeneration of industrial oils all over the world and when employed in the GlobeCore line of equipment, meets all three of the most important considerations in choosing an oil processing system.

Fuller’s Earth is a highly active clay product with clearly defined absorptive properties.  It is also famous for its mineral structure.  Fuller’s Earth consists mainly of hydrated aluminum silicates that contain metalions such as magnesium, sodium and calcium.  Montmorillonite is the basic clay mineral in the Fuller’s Earth component structure.  The availability and correlation of other minerals, such as kaolin, attapulgite and palygorskit, depend on changes of the chemical structure.  Fuller’s Earth resembles clay however, and it has a fine-grained structure.  It also has a high water content and it does not have natural clay ductility.

Deposits of this kind of clay are found all over the world.  The range of its application is rather wide and varies from industrial fields to medicine and cosmetology.

Fuller’s Earth sorbent materials, which are used for the purification of mineral and vegetable oils and fats, became indispensable in the field of oil regeneration in the beginning of the previous century.

Owing to the latest developments, machines for oil regeneration and purification are now produced with complex systems that fully use the properties of Fuller’s Earth for purifying industrial oils and fluids.

The complex approach lies in such way that the equipment’s contaminated dielectric oil is exposed to different procedures and filtering degrees that include the adsorption process performed by the Fuller’s Earth sorbent materials.

The main benefit to the use of Fuller’s Earth can be found in its ability to regenerate industrial oil and fluids in a environmentally safe and cost effective manner.  GlobeCore has developed a process that regenerates oils and fluids with Fuller’s Earth and reuses the sorbent materials for up to 300 regeneration cycles.

The GlobeCore Process saves time, money, and the environment.  The used oil is restored to new like condition and the Fuller’s Earth sorbent is also saved and reused.  The restoration of the used oil saves huge amounts of time and money and since neither the used oil nor sorbent must disposed of, the process is environmentally friendly.  In fact, the GlobeCore Process is the most cost effective and environmentally sound process in the world today.

The Environment loves the GlobeCore Process and you will too!

Its time to get with the Process.  The GlobeCore Process!


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