Optimizing Chains for Drag Conveyors

The chain is a major component in a drag conveyor’s design, and it’s as crucial to the conveyor’s performance as any other component. Drag conveyor chains are hardly ubiquitous, however, and each manufacturer touts the working load or construction or design of their chain. So what makes for the best drag conveyor chain? To answer […]

Problems with Bucket Elevators

Manufacturers often choose continuous bucket elevators because these machines seem like the obvious choice. Manufacturers need to handle material gently, they need to move materially vertically; they have limited space to do so; they need to move material quickly; and they’re using a belt conveyor to move product. A bucket elevator will accomplish these things. […]

Conveyor Choices—Drag, Belt or Pneumatic?

Pellets are a hot item. And that’s a problem—not in terms of economic interest but in terms of their corrosive potential. When pellets pass from the pellet press, they’re hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit. This is problematic for the conveyor that transports them from the press to the pellet cooler infeed chute. Because of the pellet’s […]

Industrial Maintenance and Operations

October 19, 2018 Reliable Plant Magazine: October 2018 Featured Article: Realizing the Potential of a Digital Transformation Digital transformation is like many other big change projects. It’s all about winning the hearts and minds of the people who will actually enter the data or use the system. … (more) Automation Push-button Terminal Blocks with Positive Operating […]

Drag Conveyor Paddles: Steel vs. Plastic

A typical drag conveyor comes equipped with steel paddles. Although a standard throughout much of the industry, such a design comes with drawbacks. Steel paddles are expensive, difficult to manipulate, can corrode, bend, and can damage other machines down the line if broken. So, we’ve decided to chuck standard designs and opt for a different […]