Tag Archives: Conveyors

Caring for Your Drag Conveyor Chain

  And if you don’t love me now You will never love me again I can still hear you saying You would never break the chain (Never break the chain) —The Chain, Fleetwood Mac   Chains are one of the most maintenance-heavy components in a drag conveyor. And when they fail, it’s not just a […]

Comparing Conveyor Finishes: Paint, Powder Coat, Galvanized, Stainless Steel

It’s understood that the components in a drag chain conveyor affect its operational costs. A conveyor’s finish does the same. Rust—the quick-to-form result of a poor choice in finish—can lead to costly repairs, downtime, and mess if it forms holes through which material can escape. Ultimately, rust can shorten the useful life of a conveyor. […]

The Price of Inefficient Design

If a machine could save you more than $300,000 in two years, would it be worth purchasing? Probably. With savings like that, you could likely convince your CFO to make the investment. Yet ethanol producers often lose out on savings of this magnitude because they overlook the lifetime cost of ownership of equipment they purchase, […]

Nine Reasons We Call It A ‘SMART’ Conveyor

Is your conveyor up to the task of today’s material handling? The wood industry has seen major improvements in terms of processing and production machinery, but material handling equipment has largely lagged. The technology of 20 and 30 years ago simply isn’t up to the expectations of today’s industries. That’s where we come in. We’ve […]

Problems with Single-Chain Conveyors

Drag conveyors come in two general styles: single chain or twin chain. Single-chain drag conveyors normally drag a chain with a series flights and paddles over the floor of the conveyor. Twin-chain conveyors employ two chains that run in parallel and carry paddles between them. Most drag conveyors fit into the single-chain category due to […]

How to Extend the Life of Your Conveyor

So you don’t have a SMART Conveyor. In fact, your conveyor is pretty dumb. It’s noisy. It’s inefficient. It requires too much attention. But you’re stuck with it. Is there anything you can do to help it run well (or at least better) for as long as possible? There is. This blog is written by […]

Plastics in Conveyors—Which, Where, and Why

This is the third article in a series about plastics in conveyors. In our previous two articles, we discussed how plastics can improve conveyors and explained why we chose plastic for our paddle material. In this article, we’ll discuss which plastics you should use, where you should use them, and why it matters. Costs, Benefits, […]

Why Use Plastic for Conveyor Paddles?

This is the second blog in a three-part series on plastics in conveyors. Click here to read the first article: Why Use Plastics in Conveyors? Why use plastic paddles in drag conveyors? Manufacturers have produced twin-chain drag conveyors for decades. Originally, these conveyors were little more than a steel connection between two chains and a […]

Why Plastics in Drag Chain Conveyors?

This blog is the first in a three-part series about plastics in drag conveyors. Many single-chain and twin-chain conveyors use plastics for their paddles. We, too, make our paddles from plastic. But we don’t limit our use of plastic to these components. We also use plastics to reduce wear and friction throughout the conveyor. It’s […]

Cheap Machines Can Cost Thousands in Downtime

When purchasing equipment, do you factor in the cost of downtime the equipment will create when it stops working? Of course you don’t. You’re buying new equipment so that you don’t have to deal with downtime. But if the equipment is poorly designed and shoddily constructed, you’re going to experience downtime despite the fact that […]