Tag Archives: 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 […]

Best Practices for Drag Chain Conveyors

​Are you experiencing problems with your material handling systems? While some problems are related directly to the machine itself (e.g. dust piles up under your cheap chain conveyor because … well, it’s a cheap chain conveyor), others occur from choices that occur after or during installation. In other words, the problems arise because personnel do not […]

Smart Chain Conveyor Options

In this article, we discuss why customers should add optional components to their chain conveyors and how these components benefit their conveyor systems. What are Options Biomass Engineering & Equipment Offers for their Drag Conveyors? SMART Conveyors™ are highly customizable, and we have the engineering capabilities to design them to spec. Standard options we supply […]

Q&A on Mitigating Conveyor Explosions and Fires, Part 4

What does Biomass Engineering & Equipment offer to Reduce the Risk of Fires and Explosions? Our SMART Conveyors™—high-end drag chain conveyors—are fully enclosed and effectively control dust. They do not use pneumatics, so oxygen isn’t pumped onto the fuel, and their smooth operation means material won’t get jostled around. Unlike many other drag-chain conveyors, the […]

Q&A on Mitigating Conveyor Explosions and Fires, Part 3

How Can I Prevent Fires in My Mill? Short Answer A dust hazard analysis should allow you to identify ways to prevent fires at your facility. Long Answer While a thorough dust hazard analysis is the only way you can determine your fire risks and how to prevent them, there are some things you can […]