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Conveyors for Ash Handling

Ash is a difficult material to handle. And an expensive one—the conveyors that collect it must be replaced every few years due to the conditions they operate in. But companies can reduce expenses associated with maintaining an ash handling system and increase their lifespan by installing a well-designed conveyor. Challenges in Ash Handling: Temperature and […]

Dust Control at Your Mill

It’s understandable why you spend so much time managing dust. As it accumulates, you risk fire and explosion. It’s associated with cancer and chronic respiratory problems. It’s a general workplace hazard. And regulators require its containment. As a conscientious wood-product manufacturer, however, the hours personnel spend managing dust rather than doing something productive hasn’t escaped […]

How to Make the Most of Your Vendor Relationship: Working With Vendors to Diagnose Mechanical Problems

In our previous article, we discussed how to diagnose problems with your equipment. You need all the data points to form an accurate conclusion, and you need to contact the machine’s vendor to best diagnose the problem’s cause. It’s crucial that you contact the machine’s vendor while troubleshooting. They’re the best source of information. They […]

Troubleshooting? Keep These Points in Mind

Your conveyor broke, and it needs a larger shaft. At least that’s what the maintenance technician says. But is his diagnosis and solution valid? What actually happened to the conveyor? When problems like this occur, troubleshooting can be difficult. The further up the chain a problem gets reported, the more difficult to diagnose it becomes […]

Establishing a Better Agreement Between EPCs and Producers

Everyone is looking for the best value. Engineering, procurement, and construction firms and the companies that hire them want to spend their money in a way that they make as much profit as possible. That’s business. But, of course, how they make profit is different. So, while the relationship between EPCs and the companies they […]

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Caring for Your Drag Conveyor Chain

  And if you don’t love me now You will never love me again I can still hear you saying You would never break the chain (Never break the chain) —The Chain, Fleetwood Mac   Chains are one of the most maintenance-heavy components in a drag conveyor. And when they fail, it’s not just a […]

Live Load vs. Truck Bins

If you produce wood waste and don’t process it yourself and if you’re not fortunate enough to have a manufacturer next door to which you can convey your material, you’ll have to develop a loadout process—unless you prefer dunes of wood waste crowding your land, that is. For this loadout process, you have two options: […]

Comparing Conveyor Finishes: Paint, Powder Coat, Galvanized, Stainless Steel

It’s understood that the components in a drag chain conveyor affect its operational costs. A conveyor’s finish does the same. Rust—the quick-to-form result of a poor choice in finish—can lead to costly repairs, downtime, and mess if it forms holes through which material can escape. Ultimately, rust can shorten the useful life of a conveyor. […]

The Price of Inefficient Design

If a machine could save you more than $300,000 in two years, would it be worth purchasing? Probably. With savings like that, you could likely convince your CFO to make the investment. Yet ethanol producers often lose out on savings of this magnitude because they overlook the lifetime cost of ownership of equipment they purchase, […]