Technical & Sales Support
A key component of American Colloids strength is our advanced laboratory facilities and our team of highly qualified and experienced staff. Our laboratories located at HOffman Estates, IL and at the bentonite processing plants serves to support exploration, mining and production of our products. Our Research and Development laboratory provides extensive product testing and research analysis for new and improved products. Through this support we are better able to partner with our customers and assist them in meeting their competitive challenges.
Specifically, American Colloid Company’s system sand testing laboratory in Hoffman Estates, Ill. has the capability to perform compactability, moisture, density, permeability, mold hardness (B and C scales), AFS clay, acid demand, pH, metallic content, bulk density, sieve distribution, thermal durability, methylene blue, volatile content matter, stepped volatile content matter, loss on ignition, ammoniacal nitrogen, total hardness, soluble calcium, green shear, wet tensile, green compression, dry compression, and hot compression strength at 1650°F, 1850°F and 2000°F testing.
The laboratory also contains a thermogravimetric analyzer to determine weight loss as a function of temperature, an x-ray diffraction machine to assist in determining mineralogical composition, and an x-ray fluorescence spectrometer to determine elemental compositions.
The Company also offers other specialized testing capabilities that can be performed on request.