Tax Credits Now Applied to Residential Biomass Heat

Biomass Energy Gets Recognition in Law 2020 provided plenty to complain about, but it ended with some good news for the biomass industry. The December COVID-19 relief act (aka the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021) adds biomass thermal heating systems to the renewable energy systems eligible for receiving tax credits. It also extends those credits […]

Comparing Screeners for Bulk Material Handling

Choosing the right screener for your process and material is important to ensure your manufacturing system runs efficiently with as little downtime as possible. In this article, we’ll explore several types of screeners and the applications for which they’re most suited. Screeners we’ll discuss include gyratory screens, flip-flow screens, trommel screens, grizzly screens, finger screens, […]

Cost to Operate Inclined Chain Conveyors

Incline conveyors cost more to operate than horizontal conveyors, right? After all, they need more power, and they incur a lot of downtime when a chain breaks. Plus, the extra supports they require increases the cost of installation significantly. Actually, no. It’s not intuitive to many people, but the opposite is true—for our SMART Conveyors™, […]

How We Account for Inclines in Chain Conveyors

Our drag-chain conveyors are unique in that our paddles do not touch the floors or sidewalls. This design has many advantages—namely, it increases efficiency and decreases wear. However, the design has its challenges in inclines, especially with free-flowing materials flowing around the paddles. But they’re challenges, not roadblocks, and we’ve learned to overcome them. When […]

Roller/Rotary Debarkers from BE&E

Manufacturers often turn to drum debarkers for high-volume demands. These machines come with some major drawbacks, however, which have been addressed by roller (or rotary) debarkers. In short, drum debarkers: Require time-intensive maintenance (replacing rifters takes a crew of welders weeks to accomplish) Commonly form cracks from corrosion Require large, expensive components (e.g. 500-hp drives, […]

Conveyor Support Structure Cost

A trade magazine we read recently published an edition with an air-supported belt conveyor featured prominently on its cover. Over it were the words, “Competitive Edge” and “Money-Saving Strategies.” We laughed when we saw it because the support structure for the conveyor must have cost an arm and a leg. The article accompanying the image […]

Conveyor Efficiency

When quoting our chain conveyors, we commonly must reassure customers that the horsepower requirements we calculate are really all that’s needed. Even then, we’ve had customers order our conveyors with oversized motors simply because they weren’t comfortable with a motor as small as our machine required. How efficient are our conveyors? They can run with 30 […]

Comparing Drag Conveyors

Below are side-by-side images comparing conveyors we’ve encountered in the field (or otherwise come across) to our SMART Conveyors™. While we write about the advantages of our system all the time, these pictures, we hope, will make the reality of our conveyors’ performance more concrete. Dust vs. Dust Tight The photo on the left is […]

Best Practices for Drag Chain Conveyors

​Are you experiencing problems with your material handling systems? While some problems are related directly to the machine itself (e.g. dust piles up under your cheap chain conveyor because … well, it’s a cheap chain conveyor), others occur from choices that occur after or during installation. In other words, the problems arise because personnel do not […]

Granular Segregation: Why You Can’t Mix Materials in a Silo

From time to time, we meet clients who attempt to store mixed materials in a silo. Either the material is premixed or the client fills the silo with separate materials and assumes the materials will mix as they descend through the system. What they discover, however, is that the materials, whether they be wood chips […]