Category Archives: Production & Profit

What To Do With Wood Waste

Waste is an issue for many wood processors. It isn’t a new problem, but it has confounded many an industry veteran since air-quality regulations outmoded teepee burners. Fortunately, wood-processing companies have more options in 2021 than they’ve had in past decades, not only for getting rid of their waste but for making it into value-added […]

Should You Build a Pellet Mill?

Making pellets from wood waste is an increasingly popular option for monetizing waste biomass. But is it the right option for your mill? This article will discuss circumstances that could thwart your mill from manufacturing pellets, the economic argument for making pellets, the costs of pellet production, and differences between industrial and grill pellets. Getting […]

How to Consistently Blend Biomass

Prior to 2020, Drax, a British power supplier, purchased fuel pellets based on volume. They learned during that time that not all pellets are created equal. The company was paying the same price for fuel no matter its BTU value. This meant the company was paying more per BTU in some shiploads than others, and […]

Conveyor Efficiency

When quoting our chain conveyors, we commonly must reassure customers that the horsepower requirements we calculate are really all that’s needed. Even then, we’ve had customers order our conveyors with oversized motors simply because they weren’t comfortable with a motor as small as our machine required. How efficient are our conveyors? They can run with 30 […]

Eliminating Front Loader Costs

How Front Loaders Keep Operational Costs High and How Automated Storage Can Address the Issue Front end loaders, front loaders, bucket loaders—whatever call them, they’re are a common sight in industrial operations with bulk feed processes. It’s understandable while so many operations purchase these machines: for decades they provided an economic solution for managing bulk […]

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 […]

Pallet Recycler Finds Success with Advanced SMART Conveyor™

As the president of Challenger Pallet & Supply, Inc. Tad Hegsted needed a system to transport waste from his company’s pallet grinder to a loading bin at his new plant in Idaho Falls, Idaho.[1] For this, he planned on purchasing a pneumatic blower with associated airlocks and cyclones. But when he learned the system required […]

Dragging Change in the Workplace: Pushing for Better Equipment

We understand why you haven’t suggested to upper management that the company replace its material handling equipment. Although the equipment breaks down, slows (or halts) production, leaks dust everywhere, and draws resources away from expensive production machinery, it’s not worth the risk. If something goes wrong with a new system, you’ll carry the blame. And […]

What Your Employees Won’t Tell You About Machinery

You expect employees to inform you when things that aren’t working to their advantage. But do you expect the converse? Do you expect employees to tell you about things that work to your advantage? If you do, you probably shouldn’t. Employees face substantial risk when the company they work for signs off on a new […]