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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

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