Category Archives: Production & Profit

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 […]