Milling Media & Grinding Media
Materials and Applications
Milling balls and ball mill grinding media are critical to crushing, grinding, and milling various materials to a fine and uniform powder. Hardwearing milling balls facilitate grinding by colliding with solid substances within rotating chambers, transforming raw materials into finely ground powders. Common materials processed through ball milling include pigments, feldspar, mining ores, and coal. With their durability and precision, milling balls and grinding media are indispensable tools, ensuring optimal material properties, enhanced product quality, and improved performance across many industrial sectors.
Planetary mill machines, roller ball mill eqiupments, attritor stirred ball mill, nano bead mills and so on, frequently utilize milling balls, grinding media, and grinding balls. Industries ranging from pharmaceuticals, paints, mining, ceramics, and food processing to pyrotechnics heavily rely on ball milling. These applications encompass powdering food products, grinding glass, creating ceramic glaze, formulating custom varnishes, producing black powder, and pulverizing various chemicals. Moreover, grinding media and ball milling are extensively used in surface cleaning and preparation, tool and die-sharpening, deburring and deflashing, maintenance, repair operations, and construction.
MSE Supplies offers various grinding and ball milling media with package sizes ranging from 100g to tons. If you have any questions, please request a quote, contact us online, or call us at (520)789-6673.
Non-Metallic Grinding Media
Aluminum Oxide Ceramic
Ceria Stabilized Zirconia
Ceramic Shots (CB&CZ)
Sintered Zirconium Silicate (SZS)
Tungsten Carbide Balls
Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ)
Zirconia Alumina Composite (ZAL)
Zirconia Toughened Alumina (ZTA-W)
Metallic Grinding Media
Carbon Steel Beads
Casting Steel Balls
Flying Saucer Steel Balls
Forging Steel Balls
Stainless Steel Balls
Grinding media/milling media can be used in the following applications.
- Advanced Ceramics
- Biotechnologies (DNA & RNA isolation)
- Chemicals Including Agrochemicals, e.g. Fungicides, Insecticides
- Coatings, Paints, Printing and Inkjet Printer Inks
- Electronic Materials and Components, e.g. CMP Slurry, Ceramic Capacitors, Conductive Inks
- Food Processing
- Lithium Ion Battery Materials
- Minerals Processing
- Organic Synthesis
- Pigments and Dyes
How To Choose Milling Media & Grinding Media?
The composition of the media can encompass a wide array of materials, including carbon steel, stainless steel, chrome steel, as well as non-metallic options like steatite or ceramics. The selection of the appropriate grinding media for a specific application relies on several factors, including:
Select the size of milling balls and grinding media based on the material's size. Larger media quickly reduces particle size, while smaller media grind finer particles for greater consistency.
To achieve optimal results and prevent contamination, ensuring that the grinding media and ball composition align with the material to be milled is crucial.
Higher-density milling media produces more efficient milling with finer final particle size. The grinding media’s specific gravity must be higher than the milled material.
Harder grinding media facilitates more efficient grinding with less wear and less contamination.
When considering grinding media prices, remember that more expensive media may be more efficient or more resistant to wear, balancing out the expense.
Reference our chart for calculated ball weight of typical milling media.