Category Archives: General

Deluge System for Enclosed Conveyor Fire Mitigation

The 2020 edition of NFPA 664 states that manufacturers must supply fire protection and explosion mitigation systems where fire, flash fire, and explosion hazards exist. Come September when operations are required to complete their dust hazard analysis, we suspect many will realize they’re noncompliant with the rules. When that time comes, be assured that Biomass Engineering & Equipment […]

Q&A on Mitigating Conveyor Explosions and Fires, Part 1

What’s the Risk if I Don’t Have a Fire Mitigation System on my Conveyors? The Short Answer Without fire mitigation on your conveyors, you risk 1) damage to your equipment, 2) damage to buildings, 3) downtime, 4) added insurance expense, 5) canceled insurance, 6) fines due to a failure to meet national fire codes, 7) […]

Understanding NFPA Standards for Wood-Product Manufacturers

Come September 2020, wood product manufacturers must complete a dust hazard analysis, as required by NFPA 652. This analysis requires manufacturers to identify fire, flash fire, and explosion hazards and manage those hazards according to NFPA standards. More than a few updates have been made in the 2019 edition of NFPA 652 and the 2020 […]

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, […]