Diagnosing Chain Failure in Conveyors

While you may be tempted to blame your supplier when a chain breaks in your conveyor, it’s important you analyze what all happened leading up to the event to determine why the chain broke. It’s unlikely that the chain failed due to a flaw, so if you don’t identify the root cause, the same thing […]

Drax Group Project Description: Leola, Arkansas

In May, Drax Group announced its intention to build three satellite pellet plants in Arkansas. What began as a relatively small project for us eventually turned into an opportunity to provide a complete material-handling system to one of the world’s largest pellet manufacturers. Drax chose our drag-chain conveyors for the transfer portion of the plant […]

Maintenance Prevention for Chain Conveyors

Drag-chain conveyors can get a bad reputation for the amount of maintenance they require. While it’s true that even the best chain conveyors need more attention than belt conveyors, it’s a misconception that all chain-style conveyors require excessive time and attention. There are well-designed drag systems on the market, our SMART Conveyor™ being the prime […]

Biomass Engineering & Equipment Adds CFO

INDIANAPOLIS—Jeff Niewedde of Columbus, Ind. has joined Biomass Engineering & Equipment as Chief Financial Officer. Before joining BE&E full time, Niewedde served as the company’s interim CFO and served in similar roles with two prior companies in streamlining processes and process improvements for both field and overhead operations. Niewedde holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting […]

Biomass Infeed Systems: Cost, Space, and Other Considerations

How much does a biomass infeed system cost? The answer involves a big “it depends.” Systems can be as simple as a wheel loader and a receiving bin or more complex and involve bunkers, metering, and screening equipment. Obviously, the bigger and more complicated the system, the higher the price. Containers vs. Bunkers SMART Containers […]

Conveying in Cold Temperatures

During February’s arctic blast, the state of Texas endured prolonged, freezing temperatures, to which the region is unaccustomed. As a result, power plants and manufacturers encountered issues with their conveyors freezing. According to climatologists, such wintertime dips may become more frequent due to a weakened jet stream. Utilities and manufacturers in the southern United States, […]

Long-Span Chain Conveyors

Some operations personnel are uneasy about long-spanned chain conveyors. Given their experience with most chain conveyors, their hesitation is understandable. But long spans aren’t a problem for our SMART Conveyors™. We build long conveyors all the time—some well over 100′. The ability to build long conveyors means that we can reduce the number of conveyors […]

Drax Biomass Chooses BE&E for Bulk Material Handling

INDIANAPOLIS—Drax Group plc has chosen Biomass Engineering & Equipment to supply material handling, layout engineering, and mechanical installation for its three recently announced pellet plants in Arkansas. Systems BE&E will manufacture for the projects include bulk receiving bins, disc screeners, SMART Conveyors™, SMART Containers and covered pellet load-out stations. Also included in BE&E’s scope is […]

Biomass Engineering & Equipment Invests in Engineering, Production

INDIANAPOLIS — Biomass Engineering & Equipment has added two, full-time design engineers and a chief production manager at its Indiana headquarters to accommodate the demand for its products. The hires follow the addition of a full-time materials control supervisor in 2020 and the creation of a manufacturing engineer role in Q2 2021. New team members […]

Biomass Engineering & Equipment Expands Sales Team in Northwest

INDIANAPOLIS — Biomass Engineering & Equipment is pleased to announce the addition of Cory Frashefski, who will represent the company as its Sales Engineer and Project Manager in the Northwestern United States. Frashefski, based in Spokane, Wash. joins Dane Floyd (president and CEO, Ind.), Tim Brown (Ind.), Jonathan Wokatsch (Wis.), Kirk Oden (N.C.), Paul Kalil […]