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Top 10 GK Posts of All Time

 by General Kinematics,

At General Kinematics, we strive to provide valuable resources to all of our customers. As we enter 2019, we will continue to do so and build upon our current library of resources and information.

But we know our library can be slightly overwhelming, which is why we’re sharing our top GK posts of all time – determined by you, the readers!

1. Top 10 Recycling Countries From Around the World


Some countries around the world are excelling in recycling and waste management. To properly implement recycling programs anywhere in the world, facilities need organizational (municipal or business) incentive, a personal motive or financial necessity, and cultural habit-building practices.

See the top 10 recycling countries and learn more about the differences in recycling infrastructure around the world.

2. Batch Processing vs. Continuous Flow

For a particular processing facility, managers may wonder if a batch approach or a continuous flow for processing is more effective. While there are pros and cons to each, the decision comes down to your particular materials and how much product you need to move in a day.

Learn more about batch processing vs. continuous flow to determine which is right for your facility.

3. The Cost of Starting a Full Force Recycling Program

Does your facility want to encourage recycling in the area? Are you hoping to develop more support for recycling in order to scale up your operation? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, every local recycling program needs:

  • Processing centers
  • Drop-off centers or pick-up programs
  • A team that can handle both the technical and business aspects of the program

As you know, processing equipment is also a necessity. Learn more about the startup costs for a full force recycling program, as well as how to encourage local engagement and even financial support.

4. Zinc Mining and Processing: Everything You Need to Know

zinc mining and processing

Zinc is a common mineral seen in a number of mining operations and processing facilities. It’s often used in anti-corrosion coating for steel, the making of brass and other metals, construction materials, etc. The history of zinc mining starts much more recently than other elements, including tin, but it requires unique attention to detail during mining and processing.

Learn more about zinc mining and processing, as well as how General Kinematics equipment helps facilities handle these minerals.

5. Tin Mining and Processing: Everything You Need to Know

Tin is one of the oldest elements mined by humans, dating back to the Bronze Age (3000-1200 BC!). As you can imagine, the industry has come a long way since then, with tin mining processes and production reaching all-new levels today.

Learn more about tin mining and processing, as well as how General Kinematics is making a mark on the industry.

6. A Brief History of Mining: The Advancement of Mining Techniques and Technology

When some people hear the term “mining,” they’re thrown back to the California Gold Rush, visualizing panning by hand and pick axes in dark mines. Thankfully, mining technology has come a very long way. Mining equipment is much more accurate and efficient, and General Kinematics is working to lead the charge in this industry every day.

Read a brief history of mining and how much it’s changed since ancient (and not-so-ancient) times.

7. Copper Mining and Processing: Everything You Need to Know

The global copper market is expected to top $172 billion by 2023, making it one of the most in-demand mining and processing products. With its variety of applications — from water pipes to auxiliary cords — it is also one of the most used elements. But mining and processing of copper weren’t always what they are today (ancient peoples may have even mined copper by hand for their various needs!).

Learn more about the history of copper mining and processing, as well as what the future of copper mining looks like.

8. Nickel Mining and Processing: Everything You Need to Know

Nickel mining is one of the “youngest” forms of mining, starting only so far back as the 17th century in Germany. Today, it’s one of the most valuable mined materials in the world, making nickel mining and processing even more important (and lucrative). But nickel has unique extraction, purification, and processing needs which makes it highly specialized in the mining world.

Read about nickel mining and processing, as well as how this popular material is used in everyday life.

9. Sulfur Mining and Processing: What to Know


Sulfur is a component found in countless chemical compounds that help create:

  • Matches
  • Insecticides and fungicides
  • Medical treatments for certain skin diseases
  • Cement Mixtures

It’s even used in sugar refining and gunpowder. Needless to say, without sulfur, a number of our modern day inventions wouldn’t be the same.

Learn more about sulfur mining and processing and how better machinery can make the most of your sulfur operation.

10. Manganese Mining and Processing: Everything You Need to Know

Did you know that manganese is the fifth most abundant metal found in the earth’s crust, with more than 25 million tons mined every year? This metal is very important to modern-day life, playing a role in everything from fertilizers to multivitamins and ferromagnetic alloys. It’s a powerful oxidizing agent and helps depolarize dry cell batteries, as well.

Explore new information about manganese mining and processing, as well as the role that electrolytic processing — or smelting — plays in its lifecycle.


General Kinematics Corporation, incorporated in 1960, was established to market, design, and custom fabricate innovative vibratory equipment for the foundry, recycling, mining, and processing industries. Today the company continues as one of the world’s largest suppliers of vibratory processing equipment and has evolved into an industry-leading EPC firm. Headquartered in Crystal Lake, IL, General Kinematics has seven global locations providing engineering and support to a world-wide customer base. GK is a third generation, family-owned company and is ISO 9001 certified.