Category Archives: General

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 […]

Smart Chain Conveyor Options

In this article, we discuss why customers should add optional components to their chain conveyors and how these components benefit their conveyor systems. What are Options Biomass Engineering & Equipment Offers for their Drag Conveyors? SMART Conveyors™ are highly customizable, and we have the engineering capabilities to design them to spec. Standard options we supply […]

Q&A on Mitigating Conveyor Explosions and Fires, Part 4

What does Biomass Engineering & Equipment offer to Reduce the Risk of Fires and Explosions? Our SMART Conveyors™—high-end drag chain conveyors—are fully enclosed and effectively control dust. They do not use pneumatics, so oxygen isn’t pumped onto the fuel, and their smooth operation means material won’t get jostled around. Unlike many other drag-chain conveyors, the […]

Q&A on Mitigating Conveyor Explosions and Fires, Part 3

How Can I Prevent Fires in My Mill? Short Answer A dust hazard analysis should allow you to identify ways to prevent fires at your facility. Long Answer While a thorough dust hazard analysis is the only way you can determine your fire risks and how to prevent them, there are some things you can […]

Q&A on Mitigating Conveyor Explosions and Fires, Part 2

What are the Potential Sources of Fire at My Mill? The Short Answer Friction and hot processes are the most common source of fires. You must conduct a fire assessment for an accurate picture of all your risks. The Long Answer As required by NFPA 652 4.1, the owner/operator of a facility is responsible for […]

Deluge System for Enclosed Conveyor Fire Mitigation

The 2020 edition of NFPA 664 states that manufacturers must supply fire protection and explosion mitigation systems where fire, flash fire, and explosion hazards exist. Come September when operations are required to complete their dust hazard analysis, we suspect many will realize they’re noncompliant with the rules. When that time comes, be assured that Biomass Engineering & Equipment […]

Q&A on Mitigating Conveyor Explosions and Fires, Part 1

What’s the Risk if I Don’t Have a Fire Mitigation System on my Conveyors? The Short Answer Without fire mitigation on your conveyors, you risk 1) damage to your equipment, 2) damage to buildings, 3) downtime, 4) added insurance expense, 5) canceled insurance, 6) fines due to a failure to meet national fire codes, 7) […]

Understanding NFPA Standards for Wood-Product Manufacturers

Come September 2020, wood product manufacturers must complete a dust hazard analysis, as required by NFPA 652. This analysis requires manufacturers to identify fire, flash fire, and explosion hazards and manage those hazards according to NFPA standards. More than a few updates have been made in the 2019 edition of NFPA 652 and the 2020 […]