Category Archives: General

More Bucket Elevator Problems

Bucket elevators are a common sight across many industries. It’s no wonder: they are versatile machines. They can be designed for small, batch processes or mill-scale operations, and they boast similar versatility in terms of materials they can handle. Plus, it goes without saying that they excel in elevating material in confined spaces. But familiarity, […]

What’s Wrong With My Conveyor?

You weren’t hired because you were an expert in conveyor maintenance. Fortunately, when things go wrong, you have a resource you can turn to: Biomass Engineering & Equipment. Below is a chart of common problems and remedies for drag conveyors. When you encounter issues, it’s important to identify the root cause and not treat the […]

Choosing the Right Conveyor – Part 5

The Latest Conveyor Technology This is Part 5 in a series on choosing conveyors. For the previous article on designing your system, click here. We regularly post pictures of mechanical drag conveyors from the late 19th century and early 20th century on social media. What impresses us about these images is that many drag chain […]

Choosing the Right Conveyor – Part 4

Designing the Drag Conveyor This is Part 4 of a five-part series on selecting drag chain conveyors. For the previous article, click here. Choose Materials to Match the Environment Drag chain conveyors can transfer virtually any bulk material. But for one to perform well, it needs equipped with the proper materials. Conveyors must be designed […]

Choosing the Right Conveyor – Part 3

Industrial Duty Conveyors vs. Light Duty Conveyors This is Part 3 of a five-part series on choosing conveyors. For the previous article, which compares types of conveyors, click here. Suppliers employ a variety of terms when categorizing drag conveyors. “Light duty,” “agricultural grade,” “commercial duty,” “heavy duty,” “ultra-heavy duty,” “mill duty,” “industrial duty,” “super duty,” […]

Choosing the Right Conveyor – Part 2

Selecting the Correct Type of Conveyor This is Part 2 of a five-part series on selecting conveyors. To view the previous article on selecting a supplier, click here. A variety of conveyance systems are available for bulk material handling: drag conveyors (a.k.a. paddle conveyors, chain conveyors, or scraper conveyors), belt conveyors, pneumatic conveyance systems. Which […]

Choosing the Right Conveyor – Part 1

Choosing a Supplier Industries are rife with examples of drag chain conveyors that failed to live up to their manufacturers’ promises. The truth is there are many cheap conveyors on the market, machines that are poorly designed and equipped with low-quality, proprietary components that tie you to the manufacturer for replacement parts. There are also […]

Reducing and Eliminating Carryback in Mechanical Conveyors

Conveyor carryback increases operational costs, decreases efficiency, and increases the chance of conveyor-related injuries during clean up. Reducing carryback and tailings should therefore be a goal of every manufacturer who owns a mechanical conveyor system. Why Address Carryback By carryback, we refer simply to material that adheres to or embeds into a conveyor belt or […]

Selecting Bulk Handling Equipment

As processors design factories to grow and automate production, it’s easy for them to focus on the islands of production in their systems (i.e. the expensive equipment that actually makes the end product) and overlook the equipment that transfers material between these islands. By this, we don’t mean they forget they need conveyance equipment. Rather, […]

Alternatives to Storing Biomass in Vertical Silos

Vertical silos are standard storage devices in many industries. But for biomass, they’re hardly ideal. Biomass tends to bridge, especially in round containers, and vertical silos have trouble reclaiming it. Because of these issues, companies that store biomass will want to consider the advantages of a horizontal system instead of a vertical one. Without even […]