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Dust-tight Design and Environmental Control in Tubular Drag Conveyors

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BY MPE Chicago | June 30, 2020 | Article , , News , Chain-Vey

“Dust-tight Design,” “preserve freshness,” and many other selling points for tubular drag conveyors grace manufacturer websites and advertisements. These are in fact meaningful attributes to users of these enclosed conveyors. For a plant manager coming from an open or semi-open bucket elevator, moving to a fully enclosed design can be a leap forward in controlling

Understanding Bulk Solids Degradation: Breakage and Segregation Inside Conveyors

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BY MPE Chicago | May 13, 2020 | Article , Chain-Vey

Understanding how various conveyors impact your product during processing is a critical part of equipment selection. While there is no shortage of conveyance options for dry processing and bulk solids handling, making the right choice for your products is not always straight forward. One of the paramount questions is: What effect will each of these

Screw Conveyors vs. Chain-Vey

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BY MPE Chicago | April 20, 2020 | Case Study , Chain-Vey

It’s not all too uncommon when walking through grain processing areas of craft breweries to see an old PVC pipe covered in a patchwork of duct-tape and thin sheet metal. Awkwardly suspended between two pieces of equipment, the conveyor limps along leaking product from the most recent wear point, or weak patch, accumulating on the

Maximizing Space & Planning for Growth

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BY MPE Chicago | April 20, 2020 | Article , Chain-Vey

Whether designing a new brewhouse, expanding or optimizing current layouts, or moving into a new facility; conveyance plays a critical role in the overall efficiency of your operations. As the lifeline of your brewing operation, inefficient or unreliable transport of products anywhere throughout the brewing process can leave you at a standstill. This holds especially

Handling the Headache of Spent Grain Removal

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BY MPE Chicago | April 20, 2020 | Article , Chain-Vey Food, Chemical, & Mineral

Let’s be honest, spent grain removal is often an afterthought when designing and starting up your brewhouse. From spec’ing out tanks and sourcing ingredients to dialing infiltrations systems and carbonation, spent grain disposal is the last thing on everyone’s mind…until it’s time to remove it. For smaller operations, manually loading and storing BSG in drums

How Chain-Vey Conveyors & Plant Sanitation Lead to a Clean SOP Plan

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BY MPE Chicago | April 16, 2020 | Article , Chain-Vey

As regulations surrounding processing equipment sanitation and cleanliness become more commonplace; plant managers, process engineers, and operators must pay closer attention to the cleanliness of product contact surfaces and the mitigation of cross-contamination. Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of a cure”, which holds true in sanitary conveyance. Developing

The Pursuit of a Low Energy Drag Conveyor System

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BY MPE Chicago | March 31, 2020 | Article , Process System Chain-Vey

The conveying of ingredients, foods, and bulk solids all require energy. However, the loss of energy through excess motion of air, noise, and heat varies greatly among conveying options. Usually, plant engineers have a litany of requirements that, when taken into consideration collectively, tilt the scales toward one type of conveyor over another. But when

Gentleness of Tubular Drag Conveyors in Food Production

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BY MPE Chicago | March 27, 2020 | Article , Process System Chain-Vey Food, Chemical, & Mineral

The topic of gentle conveyance in the production of finished foods, and any application where degradation is a high-value loss for plant managers, is fraught with misinformation and unsubstantiated claims. Tubular drag conveyors are a type of enclosed, dust-tight, space-saving and fully customizable conveyor system popular among many of the world’s leading finished food processors.

Coffee Processing Plant Build of the Year

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BY Edmund Sinnott | March 16, 2020 | Case Study , Process System Coffee Chain-Vey

A large coffee import and processing company, wanted to grow its green coffee cleaning, processing, and handling capacity. The company relied on MPE’s Systems Engineering Group to design the majority of its process system with key features such as tubular drag conveyance, custom-designed mezzanine funnels, automated batching, and dust collection, among others. “We wanted to provide the customer with

Interpack 2020

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BY Samantha Kestler | March 10, 2020 | Tradeshows , Process System Coffee Chain-Vey Food, Chemical, & Mineral