Category Archives: General

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, […]

Roller Debarkers vs. Drum Debarkers

When roller debarkers were introduced in the ’90s, they quickly passed drum debarkers as the on-mass debarker of choice for debarking large volumes of pulpwood. But people cling to what they know, and some companies still maintain and buy new drum debarkers. There’s a number of reasons why roller debarkers surpassed drums. They save on […]

How and Why Rotary Debarkers Came to North American Paper Mills

Before roller debarkers (rotary debarkers) were introduced to the North American paper industry in the late ’90s, the industry lacked good solutions to debark logs in northern climates, where temperatures averaged well below freezing during winter. Dennis Widdifield, a sales engineering with Biomass Engineering & Equipment, worked for Boise Cascade in Ontario at that time, […]

Storage Options—A Modular Approach to Increase Capacity Tomorrow

SMART Containers are a great solution for storing and feeding your material. We have refined our system into a modular approach that allows you to scale the package to the size you need now and easily increase the capacity in the future. Installation is a snap because everything is made ready to set on a simple foundation. You […]

Nine Reasons We Call It A ‘SMART’ Conveyor

Is your conveyor up to the task of today’s material handling? The wood industry has seen major improvements in terms of processing and production machinery, but material handling equipment has largely lagged. The technology of 20 and 30 years ago simply isn’t up to the expectations of today’s industries. That’s where we come in. We’ve […]

Problems with Single-Chain Conveyors

Drag conveyors come in two general styles: single chain or twin chain. Single-chain drag conveyors normally drag a chain with a series flights and paddles over the floor of the conveyor. Twin-chain conveyors employ two chains that run in parallel and carry paddles between them. Most drag conveyors fit into the single-chain category due to […]

How to Extend the Life of Your Conveyor

So you don’t have a SMART Conveyor. In fact, your conveyor is pretty dumb. It’s noisy. It’s inefficient. It requires too much attention. But you’re stuck with it. Is there anything you can do to help it run well (or at least better) for as long as possible? There is. This blog is written by […]

Plastics in Conveyors—Which, Where, and Why

This is the third article in a series about plastics in conveyors. In our previous two articles, we discussed how plastics can improve conveyors and explained why we chose plastic for our paddle material. In this article, we’ll discuss which plastics you should use, where you should use them, and why it matters. Costs, Benefits, […]

Why Use Plastic for Conveyor Paddles?

This is the second blog in a three-part series on plastics in conveyors. Click here to read the first article: Why Use Plastics in Conveyors? Why use plastic paddles in drag conveyors? Manufacturers have produced twin-chain drag conveyors for decades. Originally, these conveyors were little more than a steel connection between two chains and a […]