A Culture of Safety in the Workplace

Posted on February 15, 2023

Safety risks in bulk material handling are present and real, and the consequences can affect an entire facility. Establishing a culture of corporate safety becomes just as important as maintaining material flow and customer service. Safety starts at the top and continues through all personnel, and when led with consistent practice and policy, it can […]

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Safety by Design

Posted on January 31, 2023

Safety issues in bulk material handling can often lead to personal hazards, increasing downtime, decreasing production, and compliance problems. Safe, productive, and profitable operations incorporate safety by design into their daily operations. What Are Hazards of Work with Conveyors? Bulk material handling includes massive machinery moving massive amounts of product. For this reason, operations are […]

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Combustible Dust Safety

Posted on January 4, 2023

Bulk material handlers in the pulp and paper industry produce what is needed for items in widespread use each day, from packaging to printing to tissues. Even in an increasingly digital world, the average U.S. consumer uses more than 700 pounds of paper each year. While producing these materials, pulp and paper operators also generate […]

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Solving Clinker Handling Problems

Posted on December 5, 2022

Clinker is the primary ingredient in cement production. A mixture of limestone, clay, silica, iron oxide, and a small amount of alumina, the nodular material is produced in the kilning stage at the cement plant. Clinker allows for much less difficult conveying and shipping than would be required for cement powder. Once cooled and then […]

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How to Improve Conveyor Belt Life & Performance

Posted on November 2, 2022

Success for your Plant’s bulk material handling operators is defined by one primary goal every day: Transfer the most material possible with limited downtime and maintenance in a workplace that is safe for themselves and their coworkers. Successful production depends on the harmony of interdependent material handling components optimized for safety and reliability. The heart […]

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Conveyor Transfer Points

Posted on October 18, 2022

Bulk material handlers depend on properly engineered conveyor transfer points for steady and efficient production. Without them, as tons of material drop with intense impact from receiving chutes onto conveyor belts, (fugitive) material can collect on floors and equipment, creating numerous operational problems. Fugitive material often poses health and safety hazards in addition to requiring […]

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Belt Conveyor Impact Loading Equipment

Posted on October 11, 2022

Keeping an Eye on Success in the Load Zone Bulk material handling involves transferring massive weights and amounts of a product. As tons of bulk material drop with a powerful force from receiving chutes onto a receiving conveyor belt, this impact zone can become highly susceptible to significant belt and frame damage and excessive material […]

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Preventing Material Pluggage & Blockage

Posted on September 29, 2022

Success in bulk material handling depends greatly on a steady material flow with minimal stoppage for housekeeping, maintenance, and repair. When the material flow is challenged, it can impact operating efficiency while also creating safety risks. A common source of poor material flow is material build-up causing pluggage in system components such as chutes, bins, […]

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How to Reduce & Eliminate Conveyor Carryback

Posted on August 15, 2022

Most bulk material handlers have probably run into it at some point: Production is rolling along, and goals are being achieved. All the while, some of the product is traveling past the drop-off point, returning along the underside of the conveyor belt, and building up on return rollers, bend pulleys, and snub pulleys. At first, […]

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Taking Control of the Biomass Load Zone

Posted on August 1, 2022

Biomass energy continues to grow in the U.S. In 2021, biomass provided about 4.8 trillion British thermal units (TBtu) of energy output (4.8 quadrillion BTU), which is equal to about 5% of total U.S. primary energy consumption. Of that amount, about 48% was from biofuels (mostly ethanol); 44% was from wood and wood-derived biomass; and […]

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