Heyl & Patterson Blog

Heyl & Patterson to Present on Thermal Processing of Biomass Feedstocks at the International Biomass Conference

Posted by Chelsea Finlay on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 @ 08:48 AM

The International Biomass Conference is fast approaching, and the excitement is building.  Last year, biomass enthusiasts from more than 34 countries met in Minneapolis to take the temperature of the Biomass Industry. This year the industry is heating up as we prepare to reconvene in Charlotte to share updates, innovation and all things biomass. 

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Tags: torrefaction, activated carbon, biomass, thermal processing

Benefits of a Variable Frequency Drive for Railcar Unloading

Posted by Chelsea Finlay on Thu, Feb 04, 2016 @ 10:15 AM

The lifespan of a Heyl & Patterson Railcar Dumper can be measured in decades. It is not uncommon for unloading facilities to have equipment with a useful life that exceeds 30 years. To maintain the integrity of the equipment and prolong this lengthy lifespan upgrades are essential.

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Tags: railcar dumpers, unloading, Electrical Upgrade

Battling Frozen Material with H&P's Hammermill.

Posted by Chelsea Finlay on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 @ 03:00 PM

Icy temperatures across the Midwest and Northeast pose a concern for those who can’t afford to let a little chill stop them in their tracks.

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Tags: hammermill, railcar dumpers, unloading

Smarter, Stronger, Safer - Innovative Solutions for Unique Challenges

Posted by Chelsea Finlay on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 @ 10:38 AM

Many people think of Heyl & Patterson only as equipment manufacturers for the coal and steel industries, and they’re not wrong, however, our real passion is found in engineering solutions. Building custom equipment for thousands of customers across the globe is only one of H&P’s many pursuits, but our real knack is problem solving, which keeps us moving forward. In 129 years we have uncovered solutions for some very unique problems.

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Tags: upgrades, aftermarket, field service

Thrust Roller Maintenance - Rolling into 2016

Posted by Chelsea Finlay on Wed, Jan 06, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

Happy New Year! As we head into a new year many of us resolve to be less stressed, more efficient and in the best shape of our lives. Those same resolutions can often be applied to capital equipment.  So while you are setting those goals to improve your well-being in 2016, let us review the ways we can improve the life of our equipment. A few simple preventative maintenance items can make 2016 your continuous barge unloader’s best year yet.

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Tags: barge unloaders, grain, maintenance, coal handling, continuous barge unloader (cbu), upgrades, inspections

Top 5 Heyl & Patterson Blog Posts of 2015: The Year in Review

Posted by Chelsea Finlay on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 @ 10:34 AM

Since 2010 Heyl & Patterson has been blogging on the latest trends in bulk handling and thermal processing. Thank you to all of our blog subscribers for making 2015 great. It has been a busy year here at H&P and we appreciate you spending the time to read our content while sipping your mid-morning coffee.

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Tags: Heyl & Patterson, industrial dryers, rotary dryers, process equipment, railcar movers, fluid bed dryers, continuous barge unloader (cbu), coal ash, pug mill mixers

Railcar Movers Keep Urea Processing Plants Pushing Forward

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Urea, sometimes called carbamide, is a solid organic crystalline compound that is colorless, odorless and highly water soluble.  It is formed naturally in mammals, and serves an important role in the liver as the main nitrogen-containing product that breaks down amino acids, proteins and ammonia into waste.  The kidneys scrub the urea from the blood and deposit it into the urinary tract, and it then makes up the chief solid material dissolved in urine.  Urea can also be synthesized inexpensively from abundantly available inorganic materials.  Because urea offers wide-ranging uses in many different industries, it is produced regularly and is available in large quantities for use throughout the world.

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Tags: bulk material handling equipment, railcar movers, fertilizer, railcar indexers, CUB railcar mover, train positioners

Talc Processing and Applications

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 09:18 AM

Talc is a metamorphic rock and the softest mineral on Earth.  It is so soft that a fingernail will scratch its surface, and geologists can recognize it by its greasy feel.  Talc is a hydrous silicate of magnesium, Mg3Si4O10(OH)2, and usually contains small quantities of nickel, iron and aluminum as impurities.  It occurs commonly in thin layers known as foliafolia, but is also found in coarsely granular, finely granular crystalline masses.  Talc appears transparent to opaque, is rarely colorless, and can be found in hues ranging from white to purple.  One form of this mineral is soapstone, or steatite, which is a larger granular form of talc that is also rich in magnesium.

 

 

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Tags: process equipment, calciners, mineral processing, rotary coolers

Drying Coal Ash to be Recycled

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Dec 02, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Despite all the advances of modern technology, coal is still a major fuel source for many communities and industries. The United States and China are two major countries that still rely heavily on coal to produce electricity, as well as for industrial uses.  While steps are being taken to make coal burn cleaner and more environmentally friendly, there are still the byproducts that come with its use.  One of the most common end results is the ash it produces, which in many places is accumulating faster than it can be disposed of.  The picture to the right, courtesy of the United States Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration, shows coal ash particles at 2000X magnification.

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Tags: industrial dryers, fluid bed dryers, dewatering, coal ash

Direct Heat or Indirect Heat for Rotary Dryers

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

One of the most important factors in determining the type of rotary dryer that is most appropriate for a certain process is the usage of direct or indirect heat.  Rotary dryers are capable of utilizing either direct convection style heat transfer or indirect heat transfer, in which hot surfaces within the dryer provide heat by conduction and radiation.  The determination of direct or indirect drying is contingent on the properties of the material to be dried, the process conditions and the desired end product.

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Tags: industrial dryers, rotary dryers, process equipment