Free eBook on DDGS Storage Problems and Solutions

  Download Your Free eBook on DDGS Storage Biomass Engineering & Equipment is offering a free, 12-page eBook on DDGS storage problems and solutions. In this resource, we discuss: Common problems with DDGS storage at ethanol plants Safety issues regarding DDGS storage Increasing the volume of DDGS stored Benefits of using modular container bins to […]

Welcome to the Team, Dennis

Veneer Services and its Biomass Engineering & Equipment division is pleased to announce the addition of Dennis Widdifield to our team. Dennis will serve as our sales engineer for Eastern and Central Canada and the Great Lakes states of Wisconsin and Minnesota. He is ready to serve our clients’ needs. Dennis is a mechanical engineer/senior […]

Cheap Machines Can Cost Thousands in Downtime

When purchasing equipment, do you factor in the cost of downtime the equipment will create when it stops working? Of course you don’t. You’re buying new equipment so that you don’t have to deal with downtime. But if the equipment is poorly designed and shoddily constructed, you’re going to experience downtime despite the fact that […]

Four Maintenance-Friendly Designs to Consider in New Machines

Financial controllers and maintenance workers live in different worlds. One works to keep the numbers in order, and the other does his best stop leaks. One works in air conditioning, and the other makes sure the air conditioning is running. Despite different aims and environment, the two need not differ when it comes to what […]

Drag Conveyors Would Help Lignocellulosic Ethanol Plants

In May, Purdue University announced it had received a $1.8 million grant to study ways to break down lignocellulosic biomass into slurry. According to Purdue, what prompted this grant is that lignocellulosic biomass at ethanol plants too often plugs the augers used to convey it, which forces the plants to shut down while maintenance technicians […]

Increasing Profitability with Efficient Equipment

Profitability is at the core of any business. The more money you bring to investors and owners, the more valuable you become. So, if there’s a simple way to make your business more profitable, you should perk your ears. The good news is that there are many ways to do just this. For example, compare […]

Fire Safety in Sawmills and Forestry Plants

Fires in sawmills and other forestry product plants are a real threat. Production environments in these facilities are filled with wood, the combustible nature of which is exacerbated by large amounts of sawdust and fine wood particles in the air. Fires in such facilities have been a problem in Europe in recent years, with 79 […]

How a Government Program to Get Ethanol from Plants Failed

Cellulosic ethanol (ethanol from plants) production in the United States could increase to as much as 75 billion gallons a year if regulators would clean up EPA laws. Apparently, former EPA  Administrator Mr. Pruitt used confusing laws to hold up progress, and instead of an ethanol boom, we’re producing a mere 10 million gallons of […]

Making Log Troughs Easier to Maintain and Assemble

Last week we looked at the standard designs for log decks. When researching them, we also looked at log troughs and likewise weren’t satisfied with the designs we found. So, we spent extra time on the front end designing a product that really works and meets the real-life demands of sawmills and other lumber-processing plants. […]

Engineering a Better Log Deck

If a lumbermill asked to build a tree-length log deck, how would you do it? You’d probably first ask how it is usually done. Log decks are commonly built with a single, large head shaft with massive bearings and an exposed drive sprocket. Some decks use two- and three-piece head shafts with couplings—an improvement against […]