Material Handling for Pellet Lines

Bulk receiving? Yes. Screening? Yes. Log handling? Yes. Log processing? Yes. Infeed? Yes. Storage? Yes. Reclaim? Yes. Metering? Yes. Surge control? Yes. Load out? Yes. Turn-key service? Yes. BE&E supplies complete systems for manufacturing woody pellets. We’re adept at handling both whole logs and sized biomass—chips or shavings—and have experience with numerous non-woody materials such as stover, dried DDGS, and animal feed. Our equipment is designed for optimal performance for long-term […]

Bid Processes Can Deter Innovation

During the height of the pandemic, we were presented the opportunity to bid on a conveyor for handling OSB strands. The prospective customer had formerly used a rake conveyor to handle the material, and we were excited they were willing to consider our SMART Conveyors™ as an alternative. Before we could issue a quote, however, […]

SMART Conveyors™ Reduce Maintenance

It’s said good work is hard to find, and that’s when laborers are plenty. It’s all the truer when they’re scarce. Yet such is the state of the labor market for maintenance personnel. Travel back to the ’40s, and any John, Dick, or Harry understood the basics of a mechanical system. They could change the […]

Screw Conveyor Woes

When properly designed for the material and application, short screw conveyors are a great way to accurately meter volume flow. They can also work well as volume feeder devices in the bottom of bins. But they aren’t ideal for transporting coarse, fibrous materials over long distances. Such has proven the case time and again for […]

Bulk Handling Automation from BE&E

Manufacturers who process biomass often rely on wheel loaders to move and feed the material. It’s a laborious process that’s intensive not only in terms of employee time but in cost, especially since the price of diesel has skyrocketed. (The average cost of diesel in the US was $3.61 on January 3, 2022. By June […]

Designing Smarter Conveyor Replacements

Dane Floyd launched Biomass Engineering & Equipment in 2011 to address a specific problem: subpar performance among drag conveyors handling waste wood. Most drag conveyors then, as now, were prone to excessive wear and unreliable performance. As a longtime veteran of the veneer and lumber industries, he was acquainted with the run-of-the-mill conveyance systems available […]

Conveyors & Material Handling, Vol. 3

After a yearlong hiatus, we’ve put together a third edition of our popular Conveyors & Material Handling eBook. This eBook consists of our best content from 2021-2022 featuring articles on conveyor safety, conveyor design, conveyor procurement, conveyer maintenance, and considerations on production and profits as they relate to material handling. Also included are articles on feeder […]

SMART Conveyors™ Decrease Operational Costs

We understand what it’s like to work in operations. Our founder, Dane Floyd, came from such a background. You’re constantly analyzing how you can decrease costs, increase efficiency, and eliminate downtime. You understand that an investment here or there can pay dividends, and you’re not interested in quick fixes so much as strategic, long-term solutions. It’s with […]

Energy Efficiency Incentives: Energy Trust of Oregon

Oregon hosts many programs to reduce energy consumption and increase renewable energy production in its industrial sector. One of these programs, the Energy Trust of Oregon, currently offers to pay up to half a project’s development cost, up to $200,000.00. The energy trust funds projects involving efficiency enhancements and renewable energy production up to 20 […]

Drag Conveyor Safety

Search the web, and you’ll find plenty of content related to belt conveyor safety. Complete the same search for drag conveyors, however, and you’ll discover the dearth of information on this subject. Few resources are publicly available about drag conveyor safety. While there are many areas of overlap between these two conveyor types in respect […]