International Biomass Conference & Expo Panel Preview

 

Increasing global demand for wood pellets has driven facilities to become bigger, handle more inbound material and log more up-time hours. For some operations within their plant, producers have kept pace with these increased demands while in others they have not and as a result have left profits on the table. This panel features presentations about technologies across the pellet production platform including material handling, prolonging wear part lifetimes and delivering both heat and power to the plant that once deployed promise to position producers to get the most out of their facilities.

Dane, your presentation is centered on bad decisions that have been made when choosing conveyor systems for wood pellet plants. What’s the most common problem that you see occur under these circumstances?
I think the greatest mistake is underestimating the importance of good conveyors.

That mindset that all conveyors are equal allows people to buy on price, rather than value. Also, too often the material handling portion of the facility is thought of last in the plant design and as simply a connecting item. Conveying is not a stand-alone item, rather it is an integral part of the production system. The entire system must be designed together just as you would design all the parts of any machine – considering every parts interaction with the others.

What other kinds of issues can an inadequate conveying system cause?

Well, the first and most obvious one everyone thinks of is the downtime caused when inadequate units need repairs. An industrial pellet plant is a huge investment and having that entire asset hamstrung by one bad conveyor is just plain stupid. We have also seen people purposely sacrificing production volumes so they don’t overload their conveyors and break them. We’ve seen huge repair costs and additional parts inventory costs to support weak units. And then the biggest cost is replacing them with the proper units once they finally face the fact that they must do so.

Without giving out too much prior to your presentation at the International Biomass Conference & Expo, what’s the most important piece of advice that you have to give in regard to conveyor selection?

Allow the conveying to be designing in conjunction with the rest of the plant by people with “real world” wood handling experience. I’ve been doing this over 35 years, and we as a group have been perfecting our wood handling conveyors for over 15 years. Everyone tries to choose the best pellet mills and the best hammer mills. Why buy the cheapest conveyors to tie them together?

See Floyd Speak On Wednesday, April 12 (8:30 am – 10:00 am)
Innovative Operational Approaches Available to the Pellet Industry’s Early Adopters

 

 

New Years resolution #2

I will STOP my dust leaks!!!

SMART CONVEYORS SIMPLY WILL NOT LEAK DUST.

  • Can be used for steep inclines.
  • Twin chains in wear strips outside the material path
  • Paddles do not touch the floor or walls.
  • Shaft mount drives (no guards, belts or pinch points).
  • Optional high temperature features
  • Lowest horsepower requirements to move material.
  • Modular, bolt together construction for easy assembly and reconfiguration at a later date.
  • Allows for easy changes of the wear strips from OUTSIDE the conveyor.

Call the dust tight conveyor experts at Biomass Engineering and Equipment today for assistance with your SMART conveyor project. 

info@BEandE.net

317 522 0864

New Years resolution #1

New Years resolution #1.

“I will fix my storage, surge and feed bin problems”

Smart bins are a quick and low cost solution for storing and feeding your material. We have refined the system down to a modular approach that allows you to scale the package to the size you need now AND to increase the capacity in the future. 

Installation is a snap because everything is made ready before the crane arrives. You pour the support walls and we do the rest. Simple systems can be installed in a weekend.

You will also be very pleased with the cost – a fraction of traditional silos.

We start with 40′ open top sea containers, add our rock solid live floor system, a roof with distribution conveyor, walkway and railings, and deliver a complete modular package ready to drop in place.

How much storage would you like to build? The possibilities are limitless.

This is an example of the most basic double stack system. This gives you approximately two trailer loads of storage.

Start with a single floor and go higher and wider with boxes as you need.

 

The next step up is a triple stack:

Now simply scale it to the volume you need. Now or later!

 

  • Multiple units allow accurate metering of different products into one conveyor.
  • They are fully stand-alone and modular, so you can easily add additional capacity in the future.
  • All bins feature our reliable push-pull floor system.
  • Lowest cost per cubic foot of storage.
  • When using multiple bins side by side you have built in redundancy because each bin can be separately operated.

SMART chip or dust storage – in a weekend!

SMART Storage – Fast!

Smart bins are a great solution for storing and feeding your material. We have now refined the system into a modular approach that allows you to scale the package to the size you need now AND to increase the capacity in the future. 

Installation is a snap because everything is made ready before the crane arrives. You pour the support walls and we do the rest. Simple systems can be installed in a weekend.

We start with 40′ open top sea containers, add our rock solid floor system, a roof with distribution conveyor, walkway and railings and deliver a complete modular package ready to drop in place. 

How much storage would you like to build?

This is an example of the most basic double stack system. This gives you approximately two trailer loads of storage.

The next step would be a triple stack:

Now simply scale it to the volume you need. Now or later! 

  • Multiple units allow accurate metering of different products into one conveyor.
  • They are fully stand-alone and modular, so you can easily add additional capacity in the future.
  • All bins feature our reliable push-pull floor system.
  • Lowest cost per cubic foot of storage.
  • When using multiple bins side by side you have built in redundancy because each bin can be separately operated.

Contact us to find out more:
info@BEandE.net
Office 317 522 0864
Mobile 317 600 4155, 812 350 2804

Traditional storage silos offer no flexibility and can shut you down when the unloader breaks

Here is the SMARTER way:

Our push – pull storage system has many advantages. 

  • The storage area can be divided to store multiple materials and allow blending at discharge.
  • The storage area can be loaded overhead by our SMART conveyor, or from the open end by trailer or end loader, or from the side with our push – pull trailer or walking floor. 
  • In the example shown here, there are 8 strokers on the floor, run by 2 hydraulic units. This results in unbeatable redundancy as the loss of a stroker cylinder or a single hydraulic unit does not shut down the system. 
  • Hydraulic maintenance is performed on the floor stroking system without unloading and is done at the ground level, saving precious hours of downtime and making repairs much safer.
  • The strokers are able to withstand contamination by oversized pieces much better than a silo unloader. 
  • The facility can be implemented into an existing building, saving the cost of building a brand new facility.
  • The facility is very safe as no one will enter the hazardous area for maintenance. 
  • Overflow protection is accomplished by extending the feeding conveyor out the far end of the building. 
  • The facility can also be engineered to be operated without the need for costly air permits.

We offer you a superior product that beats silos in every single category. 

For more information on how we can make your storage options safer, more versatile, and more efficient, please contact us.

Biomass Engineering & Equipment
+1 317-522-0864
info@BEandE.net

Smart Conveyor

  • More efficient than a fan, piping, cyclones and other conveyors, all while using a fraction of the horsepower.
  • Allows multiple inlets and outlets.
  • Can be used for steep inclines.
  • Totally enclosed so it cannot leak dust
  • Twin chains in wear strips outside the material path.
  • Curves in 15 degree increments up to vertical.
  • Paddles do not touch the floor or walls.
  • Shaft mount drives (no guards, belts or pinch points).
  • Optional high temperature features
  • Lowest horsepower requirements to move material.
  • Modular, bolt together construction for easy assembly and reconfiguration at a later date.
  • Allows for easy changes of the wear strips from OUTSIDE the conveyor.


Contact Biomass Engineering and Equipment today for assistance with your SMART conveyor project.

Dane@BEandE.net
317 522 0864

Count on Biomass Engineering & Equipment for your next conveyor

Why we call it SMART Conveyor:

Notice the details of a SMART Conveyor.

  1. The “fingers” are especially important. Things are always getting into conveyors which shouldn’t. When a wedge shaped contaminant gets under the paddle in a traditional drag, the paddle is lifted from the floor. When that upward movement reaches the limit of upper travel, then the paddle and frame twist. This twists the tab and the chain link and now you have high friction at the floor and at the contact point of the chain in the wear strips. Our fingers don’t allow small wedges to even get started because there is no straight surface along the floor. When a large piece tries to bridge several fingers, the fingers flex and absorb the force. This is enough to prevent the transfer of high forces to twisting of the paddle assembly. When we figured this out, we saw amp loads decrease in our conveyors immediately. SMART Conveyor!
  2. Paddles to not touch the floor. In a typical drag conveyor the paddles run on the floor, increasing friction and wearing out paddles and floors. Our paddles are supported by the chains in the wear strips. A buildup of material in front of the paddle wipes the floor clean.
  3. Dual chains are outside the material path. Dual chains means he paddles frames can be lighter since they are connected at both ends. Dual chains reduces the load on each chain for longer life. Staying out of the material reduces chain wear, improves flow and increases capacity.
  4. Chains are fully supported the full length of the conveyor in easily replaced wear strips. Every wear strip in a straight section is identical and can be replaced with the chain in place. You just work between the paddles. You will stock ONE part number for wear strips.
  5. Top and bottom panels are identical for low spare parts requirements.
  6. All components are 10 gauge and the side panels have 10 bends! The assembled system is very strong allowing longer spans between supports.
  7. We use only shaft mounted, inverter duty gearmotors to drive the conveyors. No guards, belts or pulleys to maintain. We connect the gearmotor with a powerlock so there are no keys to weaken the shaft.
  8. ONLY our conveyors allow the curve wear strips to be replaced from OUTSIDE the conveyor. IN MINUTES! Here’s the video  https://vimeo.com/154898954
  9. Common options include:
    a. Gates– hydraulic, electric, or pneumatic. They fit in place of a standard panel so they can even be added later.
    b. Floor liners of UHMW or AR plate.
    c. Zero speed switches
    d. High temperature wear materials (hot pellets).
    e. Stainless steel.
    f. Chutes for inlets and outlets.

Contact Biomass Engineering and Equipment for assistance with your next conveyor project. 

info@BEandE.net

Phone 317 522 0864

Live floor trailers and bins from Biomass Engineering & Equipment

Storage, Transport and Feeder Bins

Container bins are a great solution for storing, transporting and metering your material.

  • Can be stationary or mobile, temporary or permanent.
  • Output is metered and consistent, unlike the output from a walking floor.
  • Accepts impacts better than a walking floor.
  • Available in many sizes and capacities. 
  • Stationary units install quickly and easily with no expensive foundations required.
  • Multiple units allow accurate metering of different products into one conveyor.
  • They are fully stand-alone and modular, so you can easily add additional capacity in the future.
  • All bins feature our reliable push-pull floor system.
  • Lowest cost per cubic foot of storage.
  • When using multiple bins side by side you have built in redundancy because each bin can be separately operated.

The possibilities are nearly endless for using these units:

  • Standby storage when the silo is down for service.
  • Extra storage to carry you through long shutdowns.
  • Separate your materials and meter them back in the correct percentages.
  • Transport material with our trailers instead of walking floors and not need an expensive metering bin. 
  • Stack them up to three high for permanent storage. 
  • Line them up side by side for unlimited capacities.
  • Add feeder bins for blending.
  • Increase feeder bin size. 
  • Add a feeder bin for safety and redundancy.

Metered feed from a mobile unit
See the video here: https://vimeo.com/80635891

Dual trailers with receiving stations feeding gasifier

Contact Tim Brown to find out more:

tbrown@veneerservices.com

Office 317 522 0864

Mobile 317 600 4155

You cannot build what you cannot see! Good models let you see.

A successful project comes from clear understanding and input from all parties. We strive to present projects in a way that everyone can understand, critique and interact with. With a clear picture, everyone as better questions and better answers. Consider these skills when you chose your next machinery supplier. 

Contact Tim Brown today to start modeling your project:
tbrown@veneerservices.com
Mobile 317 600 4155