Category Archives: Production & Profit

Bulk Handling Automation from BE&E

Manufacturers who process biomass often rely on wheel loaders to move and feed the material. It’s a laborious process that’s intensive not only in terms of employee time but in cost, especially since the price of diesel has skyrocketed. (The average cost of diesel in the US was $3.61 on January 3, 2022. By June […]

Conveyors & Material Handling, Vol. 3

After a yearlong hiatus, we’ve put together a third edition of our popular Conveyors & Material Handling eBook. This eBook consists of our best content from 2021-2022 featuring articles on conveyor safety, conveyor design, conveyor procurement, conveyer maintenance, and considerations on production and profits as they relate to material handling. Also included are articles on feeder […]

SMART Conveyors™ Decrease Operational Costs

We understand what it’s like to work in operations. Our founder, Dane Floyd, came from such a background. You’re constantly analyzing how you can decrease costs, increase efficiency, and eliminate downtime. You understand that an investment here or there can pay dividends, and you’re not interested in quick fixes so much as strategic, long-term solutions. It’s with […]

Energy Efficiency Incentives: Energy Trust of Oregon

Oregon hosts many programs to reduce energy consumption and increase renewable energy production in its industrial sector. One of these programs, the Energy Trust of Oregon, currently offers to pay up to half a project’s development cost, up to $200,000.00. The energy trust funds projects involving efficiency enhancements and renewable energy production up to 20 […]

State Energy Savings and Rebate Programs

“Hold that order! And cancel the check!” A customer recently learned of a rebate program in his state for capital improvements that decreased energy consumption, which the equipment he had ordered from Biomass Engineering & Equipment achieved. The rebate would pay up to 75 percent of the project cost. To qualify, however, he couldn’t have […]

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 […]