Quality Conveyors Can Reduce Labor Demands

It’s no secret that the pool of qualified maintenance professionals in the United States is shrinking, a situation that has worsened during the past two years due to a high number of unemployment claims and a rash of retirements. And the near future doesn’t hold any promises that things will get better, as the shift […]

U.S. or European Conveyors?

The past two years have served as a stark reminder that disruptions to supply chains are bound to occur from time to time: the status-quo of isn’t a fixed reality; it’s merely the calm between disruptions. COVID-19 has been one of those events that have brought disruption about by exposing weaknesses in our global supply […]

Get Employees Off Cleanup Duty

We recently had two conversations with manufacturers on the east and west coasts of North America. Those we spoke with worked at separate companies, and neither of the gentlemen knew each other. Both, however, expressed the same goal: to get all their employees (or as many as possible) off cleanup duty. While the goal may […]

Pellet Production: What Type of Conveyors Should You Use?

North American production of wood pellets has soared over the past decade due to demand for renewable fuels in Europe. Barring the unforeseen, that demand is unlikely to abate anytime soon. Biomass-powered thermal energy plants in Asia are now drawing demand across the Pacific, and some power plants in the United States are cogenerating energy […]

Conveyor Safety

“The hopper gates opened.” “The conveyor system was not shut down or locked out.” “The conveyor had not been locked out.” “The employee … was cleaning near a conveyor belt.” “The employee … caught his shirt on the machine’s power lever.” These are notes from five of the eleven conveyor-related fatalities reported to OSHA through […]

CHP for Ethanol and Other Biofuel Plants

With California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standards in place, manufacturers of ethanol and other biofuels are scavenging for means to reduce their carbon footprints. Among the various technologies that promise such a result is combined heat and power (CHP). CHP technology isn’t new, but it’s received attention as incentives to increase efficiency and lower carbon outputs […]

What To Do With Wood Waste

Waste is an issue for many wood processors. It isn’t a new problem, but it has confounded many an industry veteran since air-quality regulations outmoded teepee burners. Fortunately, wood-processing companies have more options in 2021 than they’ve had in past decades, not only for getting rid of their waste but for making it into value-added […]

Should You Build a Pellet Mill?

Making pellets from wood waste is an increasingly popular option for monetizing waste biomass. But is it the right option for your mill? This article will discuss circumstances that could thwart your mill from manufacturing pellets, the economic argument for making pellets, the costs of pellet production, and differences between industrial and grill pellets. Getting […]

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 […]