Lab Capabilities

A key component is our advanced laboratory facilities and our team of highly qualified and experienced staff. Our laboratories are located around the world in addition to facilities at our bentonite processing plants which serve to support exploration, mining and production of our products. Our global testing facilities offer extensive product testing and research analysis capabilities that allow us to better support our customers and assist them in meeting their competitive challenges. Our global testing  facilities have the capability of performing the following testing procedures:

  • Acid demand
  • AFS clay
  • Ammoniacal nitrogen
  • Bulk density
  • Carbon content
  • Compactability
  • Density
  • Dry compression strength         
  • Green compression
  • Green shear
  • Loss on ignition
  • Methylene blue
  • Moisture
  • Mold hardness (B and C scales)        
  • Permeability
  • pH
  • Sieve distribution
  • Soluble calcium
  • Stepped volatile content matter
  • Sulfur content
  • Thermal durability
  • Total hardness
  • Volatile content matter
  • Wet tensile

Our facilities also have the following specialized testing capabilities that can be performed on request:

  • Weight loss determination as a function of temperature using thermogravimetric analyzers
  • Mineralogical composition determination using x-ray diffraction machines
  • Elemental composition determination utilizing x-ray fluorescence spectrometers