Category Archives: General

Bulk Handling Automation from BE&E

Manufacturers who process biomass often rely on wheel loaders to move and feed the material. It’s a laborious process that’s intensive not only in terms of employee time but in cost, especially since the price of diesel has skyrocketed. (The average cost of diesel in the US was $3.61 on January 3, 2022. By June […]

Designing Smarter Conveyor Replacements

Dane Floyd launched Biomass Engineering & Equipment in 2011 to address a specific problem: subpar performance among drag conveyors handling waste wood. Most drag conveyors then, as now, were prone to excessive wear and unreliable performance. As a longtime veteran of the veneer and lumber industries, he was acquainted with the run-of-the-mill conveyance systems available […]

Conveyors & Material Handling, Vol. 3

After a yearlong hiatus, we’ve put together a third edition of our popular Conveyors & Material Handling eBook. This eBook consists of our best content from 2021-2022 featuring articles on conveyor safety, conveyor design, conveyor procurement, conveyer maintenance, and considerations on production and profits as they relate to material handling. Also included are articles on feeder […]

SMART Conveyors™ Decrease Operational Costs

We understand what it’s like to work in operations. Our founder, Dane Floyd, came from such a background. You’re constantly analyzing how you can decrease costs, increase efficiency, and eliminate downtime. You understand that an investment here or there can pay dividends, and you’re not interested in quick fixes so much as strategic, long-term solutions. It’s with […]

Drag Conveyor Safety

Search the web, and you’ll find plenty of content related to belt conveyor safety. Complete the same search for drag conveyors, however, and you’ll discover the dearth of information on this subject. Few resources are publicly available about drag conveyor safety. While there are many areas of overlap between these two conveyor types in respect […]

Conveyor Chute Design

Customers routinely request that we fabricate chutes before installing our equipment. For them, it’s a reasonable request, as they assume prebuilding these components will minimize their expenses during construction. However, designing and fabricating chutes prior to installing machinery almost always results in higher costs. Premade chutes virtually never fit as engineers intend, so field technicians […]

2021 Machine Updates

Improving Our Bulk-Handling Equipment At BE&E, we’re never quite satisfied with our machine lineup. We’re constantly analyzing (then re-analyzing) our designs and pondering what products we may add to satisfy our customers’ demands. In doing such, we’ve come up with a number of additions and changes to our equipment line, which enable us to offer […]

Disc Conveyors: Down the Tube

Are disc conveyors (tubular conveyors) a good material handling solution for woodchips? In short, no. Disc conveyors (a.k.a. tubular conveyors, tubular drag conveyors, tubular chain conveyors) do not handle woodchips well, especially in high volume or continual-use applications. As manufacturers, we appreciate companies’ interest in expanding into industries outside their core clientele. We do the […]

Why SMART Conveyors™ Work Well In High-Volume Applications

Manufacturers in the pulp industry used to be the only companies that handled high volumes of biomass. But in 2022, that’s no longer the case. Sawmills, particularly softwood mills, have grown over the decades to produce literal tons of waste every hour. The same is true of other wood processors: shavings mills, pellet plants, engineered […]

Slat Floor Feeders

As a responsible supplier who cares about the success of our customers, and having interacted previously with slat floor (moving floor) style feeders, we want to share our concerns about the use of these feeder bins. It’s important you understand their limitations so everyone on your team can make an informed decision and enjoy the most […]