Category Archives: General

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 […]

Why Plastics in Drag Chain Conveyors?

This blog is the first in a three-part series about plastics in drag conveyors. Many single-chain and twin-chain conveyors use plastics for their paddles. We, too, make our paddles from plastic. But we don’t limit our use of plastic to these components. We also use plastics to reduce wear and friction throughout the conveyor. It’s […]

Optimizing Chains for Drag Conveyors

The chain is a major component in a drag conveyor’s design, and it’s as crucial to the conveyor’s performance as any other component. Drag conveyor chains are hardly ubiquitous, however, and each manufacturer touts the working load or construction or design of their chain. So what makes for the best drag conveyor chain? To answer […]

Problems with Bucket Elevators

Manufacturers often choose continuous bucket elevators because these machines seem like the obvious choice. Manufacturers need to handle material gently, they need to move materially vertically; they have limited space to do so; they need to move material quickly; and they’re using a belt conveyor to move product. A bucket elevator will accomplish these things. […]