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White Paper: Put Safety First with En-Masse

Employing this conveyor design throughout an operation achieves the added benefit of increased productivity. By Andrew Parker, President, CDM Systems, Inc. Introduction According to data from the World Monetary Fund, the annual cost to U.S. businesses due to lost time from workplace injuries exceeds the gross domestic product (GDP) of 91 countries worldwide1. Injuries and illness caused by working conditions […]

Beyond Strength: How the Turtle Philosophy Applies to CDM’s Superior Conveyor Chains

Comedian and social activist Dick Gregory once remarked that he lived his life by the Turtle Philosophy: “Hard on the outside, soft on the inside, and willing to stick my neck out.” In a nutshell – or a turtle shell, if you will – this is the basic philosophy behind CDM’s exclusive conveyor chain formula: Hard on the outside to […]

Why Your Conveyors Must Account for the Hateful 8 of Corrosion

If you’re moving material in the pulp and paper industry, you’re all too familiar with corrosion. That’s the deterioration of a metal as a result of chemical reactions between it and the surrounding environment. Unfortunately, keeping corrosion in your conveyors to a minimum isn’t as simple as applying a highly corrosive-resistant surface to everything and calling it a day. A […]

Put Away the Shovels: Protect Your Employees and Your Profitability with En-Masse Conveying

“I walked 20 miles to school, uphill, both ways, in the snow.” “l used to carry 50 pound bags of ice up six flights of stairs.” In a casual conversation, statements like these are great for impressing other people with feats of strength and a capacity for physical exertion. In a heavy-industrial operation, manual labor is not only outdated and […]

Effectively Moving Abrasive Materials Without Excessive Wear in the Mining Industry

Within the mining industry, a common factor in downtime is due to the abrasion that occurs when conveying harsh materials. Plant maintenance is consistently trying to resolve the issues of equipment that is broken down and needs to be replaced due to this corrosion. Economic pressures have also begun to impact the industry, placing importance on becoming more efficient and […]

Tech Brief: Drag Chain Conveyor Operation

Understanding the Functional Differences Between Drag Conveyor and En-Masse Drag Conveyor INTRODUCTION Chain conveyors whether known as Drags, Scraper, Paddle, or En-Masse all start out with a continuous chain and fixed flights operating within an enclosed trough. While each individual type functions somewhat differently, their purpose is to accelerate and move a bulk commodity from inlet to discharge at a […]

Case Study: Biomass Power Generation

Utility Uses Farm Waste to Generate Power and Capitalizes on Revenue Streams CHALLENGE CDM was contracted to provide a layout, conveyors, drives, structural steel towers and catwalk trusses for approx. 500 ft. of the conveying distance. Total conveying distance of the product is approximately 600 ft. Conveyors were designed at a rate of 20 TPH of Ash. In […]

Case Study: Wood Products Manufacturer

En-Masse Twin Chain Retrofit Gets a Brazilian Wood Products Manufacturer Running at Full Capacity CHALLENGE Poor design and sizing of the existing conveyors complicated by incorrect flight selection meant the conveyors could not handle the required loads or the characteristics of the material. The material handling challenges lead to conveyor failure and unplanned downtime. PRODUCTS UTILIZED Drop-Forged Chain […]

Case Study: Drag Chain Conveying System

Drag Chain Conveying System Supports Refinery Filter Cake Recycle and Reuse CHALLENGE A large oil company sought to expand refinery operations at one of their global locations. The expansion required an effective way to handle the filter cake at a new refinery. The high-volume of filter cake coupled with the system redundancy required by the producer meant numerous […]

Case Study: Potash Producer

Potash Producer Realizes Operating Savings through Conveying Equipment Standardization CHALLENGE A global Potash mining and processing company planned for a major expansion at an existing facility in Saskatchewan, Canada along with a new processing plant adjacent to the existing operation. The expansion and new construction would double the capacity of the Potash producer. The expansion was needed to […]