Category Archives: General

Available: Conveyors & Material Handling Vol. 2

Our second eBook on conveyors and material handling is now available for download. In it you’ll find our blog posts from this past year in an accessible PDF format. Learn about conveyor selection, troubleshooting, and other tips from the pros. If you’ve enjoyed our content, make sure you don’t miss this free resource! Request YOUR […]

Conveyor Maintenance & Operation Mistakes

We do everything possible to supply our customers the highest-quality drag chain conveyors, but even so, much can go wrong after startup. Oftentimes, what’s gone wrong stems from from operational error. Customers (and anyone owning a drag conveyor) can avoid these mistakes, however, thereby increasing the lifespan of their conveyors and preventing failures. Altering the […]

Q&A on Biomass Handling and Conveyors

This week, Dane Floyd, president of Biomass Engineering & Equipment, answers some questions on biomass and bulk material handling. Q: Why would any facility move material around with a wheel loader when bins and conveyors are more efficient? A: Why do the Amish use buggies? Someone thinks it’s a good idea. Seriously, though, I think […]

Configuring Conveyor Connections and Chutes

There are many things that can go wrong when conveyor connections aren’t designed correctly. Just as many things can go wrong when something else within the system gets adjusted like the material characteristics or the infeed rate. It’s no wonder operations personnel routinely encounter difficulty at connections. To reduce problems, we offer the following advice: […]

Wear-Resistant Materials for Conveyors

We’ve all seen what happens when conveyors handle abrasive or corrosive material. Panels need replaced. Often. And it’s not a cheap fix. It’s for this reason manufacturers offer liners and finishes that decrease wear. UHMW plastic, abrasion-resistant (AR) steel, and stainless steel are three such materials. Each of these has its advantages and limitations. Price […]

Technical Bulletin Issue I: SMART Conveyor TorqLOCs

An advantage of the TorqLOC® system we use on our conveyors is that it can slip when the conveyor instantly stops due to an obstruction. By slipping slightly, the lock prevents damage a split keyway would otherwise inflict on the shaft, damage which would require the shaft’s replacement. PLEASE NOTE the slip has released the tension in […]

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 […]