Dust Control at Your Mill

It’s understandable why you spend so much time managing dust. As it accumulates, you risk fire and explosion. It’s associated with cancer and chronic respiratory problems. It’s a general workplace hazard. And regulators require its containment. As a conscientious wood-product manufacturer, however, the hours personnel spend managing dust rather than doing something productive hasn’t escaped […]

Material Handling Solutions for WDDGS

Wet Cake / WDDGS isn’t the easiest material to convey. It’s heavy. It’s sloppy. It takes a lot of power to transfer. You may have run across the following issues with these types of transfer equipment: Screw Conveyors: Inefficient, except for short distances without inclines Belt Conveyors: Messy tailings Low angle of repose Higher energy […]

How to Make the Most of Your Vendor Relationship: Working With Vendors to Diagnose Mechanical Problems

In our previous article, we discussed how to diagnose problems with your equipment. You need all the data points to form an accurate conclusion, and you need to contact the machine’s vendor to best diagnose the problem’s cause. It’s crucial that you contact the machine’s vendor while troubleshooting. They’re the best source of information. They […]

Troubleshooting? Keep These Points in Mind

Your conveyor broke, and it needs a larger shaft. At least that’s what the maintenance technician says. But is his diagnosis and solution valid? What actually happened to the conveyor? When problems like this occur, troubleshooting can be difficult. The further up the chain a problem gets reported, the more difficult to diagnose it becomes […]

Dragging Change in the Workplace: Pushing for Better Equipment

We understand why you haven’t suggested to upper management that the company replace its material handling equipment. Although the equipment breaks down, slows (or halts) production, leaks dust everywhere, and draws resources away from expensive production machinery, it’s not worth the risk. If something goes wrong with a new system, you’ll carry the blame. And […]

What Your Employees Won’t Tell You About Machinery

You expect employees to inform you when things that aren’t working to their advantage. But do you expect the converse? Do you expect employees to tell you about things that work to your advantage? If you do, you probably shouldn’t. Employees face substantial risk when the company they work for signs off on a new […]

Establishing a Better Agreement Between EPCs and Producers

Everyone is looking for the best value. Engineering, procurement, and construction firms and the companies that hire them want to spend their money in a way that they make as much profit as possible. That’s business. But, of course, how they make profit is different. So, while the relationship between EPCs and the companies they […]

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Caring for Your Drag Conveyor Chain

  And if you don’t love me now You will never love me again I can still hear you saying You would never break the chain (Never break the chain) —The Chain, Fleetwood Mac   Chains are one of the most maintenance-heavy components in a drag conveyor. And when they fail, it’s not just a […]

Live Load vs. Truck Bins

If you produce wood waste and don’t process it yourself and if you’re not fortunate enough to have a manufacturer next door to which you can convey your material, you’ll have to develop a loadout process—unless you prefer dunes of wood waste crowding your land, that is. For this loadout process, you have two options: […]