Tag Archives: Conveyors

Diagnosing Chain Failure in Conveyors

While you may be tempted to blame your supplier when a chain breaks in your conveyor, it’s important you analyze what all happened leading up to the event to determine why the chain broke. It’s unlikely that the chain failed due to a flaw, so if you don’t identify the root cause, the same thing […]

Maintenance Prevention for Chain Conveyors

Drag-chain conveyors can get a bad reputation for the amount of maintenance they require. While it’s true that even the best chain conveyors need more attention than belt conveyors, it’s a misconception that all chain-style conveyors require excessive time and attention. There are well-designed drag systems on the market, our SMART Conveyor™ being the prime […]

Conveying in Cold Temperatures

During February’s arctic blast, the state of Texas endured prolonged, freezing temperatures, to which the region is unaccustomed. As a result, power plants and manufacturers encountered issues with their conveyors freezing. According to climatologists, such wintertime dips may become more frequent due to a weakened jet stream. Utilities and manufacturers in the southern United States, […]

Long-Span Chain Conveyors

Some operations personnel are uneasy about long-spanned chain conveyors. Given their experience with most chain conveyors, their hesitation is understandable. But long spans aren’t a problem for our SMART Conveyors™. We build long conveyors all the time—some well over 100′. The ability to build long conveyors means that we can reduce the number of conveyors […]

Considerations for Conveyors that Handle Hot Materials

At thirteen years old, I didn’t realize polystyrene would melt in the microwave. So, I expected my foam bowl to hold up as I heated my instant mac and cheese. Of course, I was disappointed in the result, if not a bit hangry as I avoided what plastic-tainted noodles I could as I ate supper. […]

Cost to Operate Inclined Chain Conveyors

Incline conveyors cost more to operate than horizontal conveyors, right? After all, they need more power, and they incur a lot of downtime when a chain breaks. Plus, the extra supports they require increases the cost of installation significantly. Actually, no. It’s not intuitive to many people, but the opposite is true—for our SMART Conveyors™, […]

How We Account for Inclines in Chain Conveyors

Our drag-chain conveyors are unique in that our paddles do not touch the floors or sidewalls. This design has many advantages—namely, it increases efficiency and decreases wear. However, the design has its challenges in inclines, especially with free-flowing materials flowing around the paddles. But they’re challenges, not roadblocks, and we’ve learned to overcome them. When […]

Conveyor Support Structure Cost

A trade magazine we read recently published an edition with an air-supported belt conveyor featured prominently on its cover. Over it were the words, “Competitive Edge” and “Money-Saving Strategies.” We laughed when we saw it because the support structure for the conveyor must have cost an arm and a leg. The article accompanying the image […]

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 […]

Comparing Drag Conveyors

Below are side-by-side images comparing conveyors we’ve encountered in the field (or otherwise come across) to our SMART Conveyors™. While we write about the advantages of our system all the time, these pictures, we hope, will make the reality of our conveyors’ performance more concrete. Dust vs. Dust Tight The photo on the left is […]