Fertilizer Chemicals For Improved Process & Product Quality
Fertilizer production relies on various fertilizer chemical inputs for optimal production efficiency, product quality, workplace safety and environmental protection. Process aids such as defoamers, flocculants and corrosion inhibitors are consumed or removed during fertilizer manufacturing, and ultimately do not present as components in the finished fertilizer product. Among other benefits, these process aids improve the cost economics of fertilizer production by enhancing capacity utilization, reducing downtime and increasing the recovery of nutrient inputs. In addition to process aids, the fertilizer industry also relies on the use of functional additives such as dust control and anti-caking coatings, granulation aids and colorants which do become part of the finished fertilizer product, and which make beneficial contributions to fertilizer quality, durability, marketability and value.
Plant nutrients delivered as commercial fertilizers come in many forms and from a wide variety of primary and secondary manufacturing processes. These manufacturing processes are frequently designed with only passing concern about the process chemicals and additives which will ultimately be needed for optimal production and product quality. It therefore becomes the job of the chemical supplier to partner with fertilizer producers, distributors and users in an effort to help them improve operational efficiencies and product quality through the use of the right process chemicals and additives. This collaboration includes identification and development of the appropriate products for each specific application and in many cases, the application systems required for those products.