In a plant, material handling is essential. An optimized, streamlined material handling system can handle any amount of fuel to constantly feed boilers.
One particular type of material handling equipment includes drag chain conveyor systems, which are designed to handle a certain type of material in a particular environment. Selecting the right type – and the right manufacturer – is part of creating a robust, efficient, and durable handling system.
Here are tips for choosing the right drag chain conveyor systems for your facility.
Choose the Best Drag Chain Conveyor Systems to Match Your Environment
Drag chain conveyors function best in dust-tight environments that feature hot, abrasive, and/or corrosive materials. This can include (but isn’t limited to) coal, lime, biomass, wood, TDF, ash, or other materials in bulk.
Drag chain conveyors must be designed and made to match the environment. For example, the drag chain conveyors we typically engineer for our clients are built to withstand high temperatures, corrosion, and abrasion. We accomplish this by fabricating our systems with specialized coatings and alloys to protect the system and ensure longevity.
It is important to find systems that are protected from the environment, particularly when it is drag chains that are primarily used.
Enhance Efficiency with the Right Drag Chain Conveyor Design
Production efficiency should be a prime objective when choosing conveyor systems. When the process is more efficient, your plant will discover an increased number of savings opportunities, which can cut operating costs significantly.
To enhance efficiency, some of our drag chain conveyor designs are made with multiple inlets and discharge points. This creates a more efficient, flexible model that can increase the flow effectiveness for materials. We can also vary the number of chains, from single-chain models to multiple-chain variants, all dependent on the needs of the client.
It’s important that your drag chain conveyor systems are designed to maintain particle integrity. This can reduce or eliminate problems with fuel integrity that can decrease the efficiency of the burn.
For more information on creating custom drag chain systems, contact our experts!
Drag Chain Conveyor Maintenance
Chains are one of the most maintenance-heavy components in a drag conveyor. Without a comprehensive and proactive maintenance program, chain failure can cause significant downtime in your plant. Our experts can provide efficient and real-time drag chain conveyor maintenance on chains, roller bearings, inlets, and more. Contact us here for proactive maintenance, or reach out to our 24/7 team in the event of an emergency!