Tag Archives: chute design

Training – you get the “bang for your buck”?!

Let me ask a simple question – can you recall the last time you received effective training that yielded an immediate payback/return-on-investment (ROI)? If you can recall this training event, can you think why it was effective and impactful?  What … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between your problematic bulk solids feeder and Michael Corleone?

Many of you may recall hearing Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone of the legendary Godfather series say, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in…” We engineers at J&J can almost hear some of the problematic bulk … Continue reading

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Top 5 Functions of a Furnace Feed Bin

Your furnace feed bin maybe one of the most overlooked pieces of equipment in your glass plant! The bin serves as the main entrance to the value-added portions of your process, and is vital for continuous production and plant operation. … Continue reading

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Join us at Coal-Gen and Power-Gen next week

  Join regional manager, Jayant Khambekar Ph.D., next week at Coal-Gen and Power-Gen 2015 in Las Vegas. December 8th Dr. Khambekar will be leading an open discussion on the challenges that face renewables and the reliable delivery of fuel to … Continue reading

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I’ve had my material tested… now what?

Have you ever wondered how the data from your material testing report is being used? Take a few minutes and find out how the design of your hopper is informed by the testing of your materials in our labs!

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Friction and Problems

Read about how the Egyptians solved their friction problems while building the great pyramids. Today friction still causes issues that aren’t so easily solved! Continue reading

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Ugly Chute Contest – your vote is needed!

In February 2014, we held an “Ugly Hopper Contest”, asking for your input on some “ugly” hoppers we’ve come across. The contest was meant to illustrate some of the things that might happen when a hopper or storage vessel was … Continue reading

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Top 3 mistakes I’ve seen with chute designs

I’ve seen some transfer chutes in my day. A few good, some bad, and some really ugly! Here’s a the top three mistakes I see that can easily be avoided: Placing the head pulley of the incoming belt in a … Continue reading

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Snowboarding vs. Skateboarding: Or a Tale of Two Friction Angles

I am excited that winter has arrived in New England. Last winter, my nephew taught me how to snowboard. I figured that I would be able to pick up the sport rather quickly. After all, I was an avid skateboarder … Continue reading

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