A small power producer had a contract to supply a nearby malting facility with its electricity and heating needs. The power producer struggled to fulfil its obligations at times due to unexpected downtime of conveyors and poor material distribution.
The power producer received a mixture of woodchips, hulls, and hog fuel, which was unloaded in a pit hopper. The conveyor underneath the hopper was expected to meter the material, elevate material out of the pit, and transfer it into a bucket elevator.
The inaccurate layout created an instantaneous load on the conveyor, which caused excessive stress on the drive, chain, and housing.
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