Category Archives: General

Diagnosing Chain Failure in Conveyors

While you may be tempted to blame your supplier when a chain breaks in your conveyor, it’s important you analyze what all happened leading up to the event to determine why the chain broke. It’s unlikely that the chain failed due to a flaw, so if you don’t identify the root cause, the same thing […]

Maintenance Prevention for Chain Conveyors

Drag-chain conveyors can get a bad reputation for the amount of maintenance they require. While it’s true that even the best chain conveyors need more attention than belt conveyors, it’s a misconception that all chain-style conveyors require excessive time and attention. There are well-designed drag systems on the market, our SMART Conveyor™ being the prime […]

Biomass Infeed Systems: Cost, Space, and Other Considerations

How much does a biomass infeed system cost? The answer involves a big “it depends.” Systems can be as simple as a wheel loader and a receiving bin or more complex and involve bunkers, metering, and screening equipment. Obviously, the bigger and more complicated the system, the higher the price. Containers vs. Bunkers SMART Containers […]

Conveying in Cold Temperatures

During February’s arctic blast, the state of Texas endured prolonged, freezing temperatures, to which the region is unaccustomed. As a result, power plants and manufacturers encountered issues with their conveyors freezing. According to climatologists, such wintertime dips may become more frequent due to a weakened jet stream. Utilities and manufacturers in the southern United States, […]

Long-Span Chain Conveyors

Some operations personnel are uneasy about long-spanned chain conveyors. Given their experience with most chain conveyors, their hesitation is understandable. But long spans aren’t a problem for our SMART Conveyors™. We build long conveyors all the time—some well over 100′. The ability to build long conveyors means that we can reduce the number of conveyors […]

Characteristics of Biomass and Biomass Ash

Bulk, fibrous biomass is notoriously challenging to handle. This fact should not prevent investment in biomass-derived products, however. It’s being done successfully every day, but it takes special knowledge, experience, and machinery. Engineers working on biomass projects must educate facility owners on the best solution for handling the material. Identifying this solution, of course, begins […]

Biomass Storage Overview

As the demand for natural materials and alternative energy sources has grown, so has the number of investments in biomass facilities. We’ve witnessed a striking number of new biomass power plants and pellet mills that utilize wood in the past decade. We’ve also seen investments into processing nonwoody, cellulosic materials like hemp, miscanthus, stover, and […]

Considerations for Conveyors that Handle Hot Materials

At thirteen years old, I didn’t realize polystyrene would melt in the microwave. So, I expected my foam bowl to hold up as I heated my instant mac and cheese. Of course, I was disappointed in the result, if not a bit hangry as I avoided what plastic-tainted noodles I could as I ate supper. […]

SMART Containers vs. Silos: Four Advantages

Tall, vertical silos are the go-to technology for storing large volumes of material. However, they aren’t the best solution for every application, and recent innovations in competing technologies make the alternatives worth considering. Horizontal silos—SMART Containers from Biomass Engineering & Equipment in specific—offer advantages over traditional silos. We’ve highlighted four of these here. SMART Containers […]

Comparing Screeners for Bulk Material Handling

Choosing the right screener for your process and material is important to ensure your manufacturing system runs efficiently with as little downtime as possible. In this article, we’ll explore several types of screeners and the applications for which they’re most suited. Screeners we’ll discuss include gyratory screens, flip-flow screens, trommel screens, grizzly screens, finger screens, […]