Category Archives: Production & Profit

Quality Conveyors Can Reduce Labor Demands

It’s no secret that the pool of qualified maintenance professionals in the United States is shrinking, a situation that has worsened during the past two years due to a high number of unemployment claims and a rash of retirements. And the near future doesn’t hold any promises that things will get better, as the shift […]

U.S. or European Conveyors?

The past two years have served as a stark reminder that disruptions to supply chains are bound to occur from time to time: the status-quo of isn’t a fixed reality; it’s merely the calm between disruptions. COVID-19 has been one of those events that have brought disruption about by exposing weaknesses in our global supply […]

Get Employees Off Cleanup Duty

We recently had two conversations with manufacturers on the east and west coasts of North America. Those we spoke with worked at separate companies, and neither of the gentlemen knew each other. Both, however, expressed the same goal: to get all their employees (or as many as possible) off cleanup duty. While the goal may […]

Pellet Production: What Type of Conveyors Should You Use?

North American production of wood pellets has soared over the past decade due to demand for renewable fuels in Europe. Barring the unforeseen, that demand is unlikely to abate anytime soon. Biomass-powered thermal energy plants in Asia are now drawing demand across the Pacific, and some power plants in the United States are cogenerating energy […]

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 […]