Heyl & Patterson Blog

Chock Talk - Train Stabilization with Railcar Holding Devices

Posted by Chelsea Finlay on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 07:43 AM

Safety is undoubtedly the greatest concern for all rail facilities. A loading or unloading facility can quickly become a dangerous place when a railcar is not securely positioned. Soul Asylum said it best, “Runaway train never going back, wrong way on a one way track.” So how do you prevent a runaway train? With chocks!

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Tags: railcar movers, railcar indexers, railcar dumpers, unloading, railcar holding

Improving Railcar Moving Efficiencies  with The CUB Indexing System

Posted by Chelsea Finlay on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 03:47 PM

Railways keep the grain industry moving, quite literally. The majority of grain movement throughout North America is handled by truck, barge and rail logistics.  Grain elevators, loading terminals and a variety of other facilities need to be able to index cars in order to get them loaded, unloaded and well on their way.  Heyl & Patterson has perfected the art of railcar positioning in a simple and effective manner.

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Tags: grain, railcar movers, railcar indexers, CUB railcar mover, train positioners

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

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

Wood Pellet Exports Supply Europe's Inexhaustible Need

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 09:10 AM

The European Union plans to turn heavily towards using renewable energy in order to reduce emissions by 80 percent before 2050.  They are focused on reaching this goal, not just through the use of solar and wind but also wood pellets.  In numerous European countries, the use of wood pellets to produce electricity is becoming more commonplace.  Pellets are a by-product made from the sawdust, bark, chips and other pieces of scrap wood that are generated by the processing of trees into lumber.  The pieces are milled, dried and pressed into a pellet shape, and the lignin in the wood plasticizes to form a natural glue that allows a pellet to remain in one piece.

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Tags: power generation, wagon tipplers, biomass, wood chips, railcar dumpers

Grab Bucket Barge Unloaders for Efficient Inland Waterways

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Each year, nearly half a million barge loads of bulk material such as coal, grain, wood chips, crushed stone, sand and minerals travel to delivery points along our nation’s inland waterways.  River transportation is the safest and most efficient method for moving massive quantities of materials.  Ports and other terminals along the rivers utilize various types of unloading systems to quickly and economically offload the barge traffic that comes their way.  One such system for unloading barges is the grab bucket barge unloader.

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Tags: barge unloaders, bulk material handling equipment, coal handling, grab unloaders

Heyl & Patterson Proudly Celebrates Manufacturing Day

Posted by H&P Blog on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Manufacturing Day is the first Friday in October, and is a national showcase for the importance of manufacturing in the U.S. economy, giving American manufacturers the opportunity to show their products to the world.  Americans continue to create new products and unlock new technologies that grow the economy, so Manufacturing Day celebrates those who proudly stand behind their goods and services, helping to revitalize American manufacturing.  This will inspire young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering, because today’s science, technology, engineering and math graduates will power the next chapter of American production and innovation.  In 2015, the event will be celebrated on Friday, October 2, and Heyl & Patterson is proud to recognize our place and our brethren in the manufacturing industry.

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Tags: Heyl & Patterson, company history