Tag Archives: Conveyors

Designing Smarter Conveyor Replacements

Dane Floyd launched Biomass Engineering & Equipment in 2011 to address a specific problem: subpar performance among drag conveyors handling waste wood. Most drag conveyors then, as now, were prone to excessive wear and unreliable performance. As a longtime veteran of the veneer and lumber industries, he was acquainted with the run-of-the-mill conveyance systems available […]

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 […]

Drag Conveyor Safety

Search the web, and you’ll find plenty of content related to belt conveyor safety. Complete the same search for drag conveyors, however, and you’ll discover the dearth of information on this subject. Few resources are publicly available about drag conveyor safety. While there are many areas of overlap between these two conveyor types in respect […]

Conveyor Chute Design

Customers routinely request that we fabricate chutes before installing our equipment. For them, it’s a reasonable request, as they assume prebuilding these components will minimize their expenses during construction. However, designing and fabricating chutes prior to installing machinery almost always results in higher costs. Premade chutes virtually never fit as engineers intend, so field technicians […]

Disc Conveyors: Down the Tube

Are disc conveyors (tubular conveyors) a good material handling solution for woodchips? In short, no. Disc conveyors (a.k.a. tubular conveyors, tubular drag conveyors, tubular chain conveyors) do not handle woodchips well, especially in high volume or continual-use applications. As manufacturers, we appreciate companies’ interest in expanding into industries outside their core clientele. We do the […]

Why SMART Conveyors™ Work Well In High-Volume Applications

Manufacturers in the pulp industry used to be the only companies that handled high volumes of biomass. But in 2022, that’s no longer the case. Sawmills, particularly softwood mills, have grown over the decades to produce literal tons of waste every hour. The same is true of other wood processors: shavings mills, pellet plants, engineered […]

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 […]