Why we call it SMART Conveyor™:
Notice the details of a SMART Conveyor™.
- The “fingers” are especially important. Things are always getting into conveyors which shouldn’t. When a wedge shaped contaminant gets under the paddle in a traditional drag, the paddle is lifted from the floor. When that upward movement reaches the limit of upper travel, then the paddle and frame twist. This twists the tab and the chain link and now you have high friction at the floor and at the contact point of the chain in the wear strips. Our fingers dont allow small wedges to even get started because there is no straight surface along the floor. When a large piece tries to bridge several fingers, the fingers flex and absorb the force. This is enough to prevent the transfer of high forces to twisting of the paddle assembly. When we figured this out, we saw amp loads decrease in our conveyors immediately. SMART Conveyor™!
- Paddles to not touch the floor. In a typical drag conveyor the paddles run on the floor, increasing friction and wearing out paddles and floors. Our paddles are supported by the chains in the wear strips. A buildup of material in front of the paddle wipes the floor clean.
- Dual chains are outside the material path. Dual chains means he paddles frames can be lighter since they are connected at both ends. Dual chains reduces the load on each chain for longer life. Staying out of the material reduces chain wear, improves flow and increases capacity.
- Chains are fully supported the full length of the conveyor in easily replaced wear strips. Every wear strip in a straight section is identical and can be replaced with the chain in place. You just work between the paddles. You will stock ONE part number for wear strips.
- Top and bottom panels are identical for low spare parts requirements.
- All components are 10 gauge and the side panels have 10 bends! The assembled system is very strong allowing longer spans between supports.
- We use only shaft mounted, inverter-duty gearmotors to drive the conveyors. No guards, belts or pulleys to maintain. We connect the gearmotor with a powerlock so there are no keys to weaken the shaft.
- ONLY our conveyors allow the curve wear strips to be replaced from OUTSIDE the conveyor. IN MINUTES! Here’s the video https://vimeo.com/154898954
- Common options include:
a. Gates – hydraulic, electric, or pneumatic. They fit in place of a standard panel so they can even be added later
b. Floor liners of UHMW or AR plate
c. Zero speed switches
d. High temperature wear materials (hot pellets)
e. Stainless steel
f. Chutes for inlets and outlets
Contact Biomass Engineering and Equipment for assistance with your next conveyor project.