What's the difference between a Detention Slaker and a Ball Mill Slaker?

A ball mill slaker is a subset of the class of slakers commonly called a detention (or ‘retention’) slaker. Detention slakers are slakers that operate on either a batch or continuous basis with a water to lime ratio such that the contents of the machine remain a liquid slurry (<28% concentration) rather than forming a paste. They are also referred to as “slurry slakers” for this reason.

A ball mill slaker, either horizontal or a VERTIMILL ®, is unique because instead of having to separate the grit from the lime slurry as it leaves the slaker, the mill grinds the grit as the lime is slaked allowing it to carry on through the process as part of the milk-of-lime slurry.