Drag conveyor provides nuisance-free material transfer
A company installs a tubular drag conveyor to improve a wood pellet production process.
Fiber By-Products, headquartered in Goshen, Ind., operates a plant in White Pigeon, Mich., that processes wood by-products from sawmills and wood shops into pellets, flour, shavings, and landscaping mulch. When designing the plant, the company specified that belt conveyors be used to transfer the various raw materials and finished products from one process to another. However, shortly after the plant began production in 2006, the belt conveyor that transferred wood pellets from an outdoor storage silo to an indoor sifter started causing problems. Plant manager Cory Schrock says that to reduce maintenance costs and improve production efficiency, the company needed to find a different way to transfer the wood pellets.