Product News
June 2013

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Wolf Provides Fuel Handling Solution

Recently recognized for providing the fuel yard solution for the 2012 Biomass Project of the Year at the Nacogdoches Generating Facility near Sacul, Tex., Wolf Material Handling Systems is providing a similar solution for the new 100 MW Gainesville Renewable Energy Center (GREC) in Gainesville, Fla. Wolf was tasked with supplying every component in the wood yard from the time the delivery driver weighs in at the gate to the metered delivery of fuel to the boiler house.

As a complete solution provider for the GREC system, Wolf designed and manufactured an innovative sampler system at the scale house and over a half mile of conveyors incorporating one fixed stacker, two wood hog chain feeders, and two Wolf-designed, underpile reclaimers with the associated chute work and dust collection system. The system also included three Airoflex drive-over truck dumpers, inbound and outbound scales, RFID fuel tracking system, and dual hog and screen systems.

The centerpiece of this project is the Wolf Radial Stacker/Reclaimer capable of automatically building a 4 million cubic foot pile at a rate of 600 TPH while simultaneously reclaiming at a rate of 200 TPH. Far from the first stacker/reclaimer that Wolf has provided, it is the largest to date. Wolf’s first stacker/reclaimer was part of another award-winning biomass project that Wolf designed and built for Delano Energy back in 1989. That unit was capable of building a 450,000 cubic foot pile at 186 TPH while reclaiming at 45 TPH.

For more than 35 years, Wolf Material Handling Systems has been a “Single Source” supplier providing innovative, client-centered, biomass and biofuels-handling solutions to the power generation, resource rerecovery and pulp and paper industries. Wolf promotes that it can take your project from “Concept to Completion.” Visit

Pallmann Delves Into Wood Energy

Pallmann Group is strengthening its position in briquette and pelletizing recycling technology with the acquisition of technology from Swiss company BP Recycling Systems GmbH, based in Switzerland. Pallmann Group is making the acquisition via Pallmann Industries Inc., a group company based in Clifton, NJ.

Pallmann is a leading specialist provider of equipment and services for size reduction and preparation techniques in various industries, offering more than 1,000 machine designs. Its equipment handles applications for materials ranging from soft through medium-hard, brittle to viscoelastic and fibrous. The acquisition of BP Recycling Systems’ technology will enable Pallmann to extend its offering to include a full line of equipment for making briquettes and pellets from municipal and industrial solid waste, biomass, plastics, textiles, glass, non-ferrous metals and wood.

Briquetting and pelletizing are technologies downstream from pre-shredding and sorting of waste into homogenous waste streams, and are key for preparing the waste going into recycling and fuel.

 The acquisition also enables Pallmann to expand into new sectors, such as recycling of industrial waste and preparation of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) for combustion or gasification.

“This type of technology is a perfect match with our existing competencies in shredding all kinds of solid waste,” says Rolf Gren, president of Pallmann Industries. “It offers a good basis to expand our offering to our existing customers as well as to new ones.”

Mid-Atlantic Exposition Returns To Central Site

How do you improve a live logging and biomass expo that was hailed as a standout event with its inaugural rollout in the fall of 2011?

For one thing, you keep it near Selma/Smithfield, NC, which is easy to get to, is central to much of the region’s timber and biomass activities, and where community support is tops.

You also return to the same timber tract, thanks to owner Alan Wellons, who, along with his professional forestry advisor, Mike Perry of Forestry Services, Inc., openly demonstrated generosity, cooperation and understanding.

According to Mid-Atlantic Logging & Biomass Expo coordinator Doug Duncan, the setting for the 2013 show will be aesthetically unique, given the central location of an abandoned farm house and pond. More importantly, the exhibit area will be more compact but still roomy, with all exhibitors getting walking trail exposure. Registration will be more streamlined and there will also be additional food vendors.

To help attract even more forestry professionals to the event, on-site training and education opportunities will be offered to loggers and foresters for the first time, Duncan said.

Along with an improving economy overall, the demand for packaging and wood products has positively impacted log and fiber demand in the last several months. As well, new and expanded wood fiber and log markets have ballooned and others are in the works, particularly in the Mid-Atlantic region. This has already resulted in expanded logging capacity in northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, and more logging capacity will be needed to meet mill demands in the near future.

All this indicates that an even better Mid-Atlantic Logging & Biomass Expo is all but assured. Several companies have already booked space, including Peterson, Caterpillar, John Deere and John Woodie Enterprises.

The event is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Assn. of Professional Loggers, North Carolina Forestry Assn., and Hatton-Brown Publishers, parent company of Wood Bioenergy, Southern Loggin’ Times and Timber Harvesting & Wood Fiber Operations.

The official show guide is now available at

Fire Protection Paramount For Pellets

Flamex Inc. offers superior fire protection solutions for hazards inherent in material handling processes typically found in industrial wood pellet manufacturing facilities. Appropriate detection, suppression and monitoring components are selected for each application from a wide range of FM Global approved system components.

Spark detectors that utilize fiber optic probes eliminate the long-term need for costly instrument quality air for detector cooling in hot applications. Flamex offers “Hot Particle” detectors for downstream applications where the ignition of dust layers from heated pellets are a concern. Unique product features such as an automatic external test light system and stainless steel nozzles that emit a 180 degree water spray pattern facilitate effective and reliable operation of the system. Deluge valve assemblies that can be activated by thermal, gas or optical detection can be supplied in multiple sizes for automatic suppression in bins, collectors and silos.

Sophisticated yet user friendly control panels are available in a wide range of sizes based on the desired zone capacities. The flexibility of the control panels allows numerous supervision and monitoring options including the remote monitoring of networked panels from an HMI. The Flamex service team provides unparalleled levels of support to the user in terms of installation assistance, commissioning, training as well as continuing service and periodic inspections.

Flamex Inc. introduced spark detection and extinguishing systems to North America in 1977. Since that time, thousands of systems have been installed worldwide in facilities that handle combustible dusts throughout numerous industries. Visit

Fulghum Expands Products, Facilities

Fulghum Industries, Inc. has been meeting and exceeding the needs of the forest products industry since 1956 by providing quality equipment through constantly paying attention to detail, quality and innovations in technology. Based in Wadley, Ga., Fulghum provides products and services to clients throughout North America, Europe, South Africa, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and India.

From this beginning the organization has grown to provide a diverse product line which includes but, is not limited to, log handling cranes, sawmill chippers, wood yard chippers, drum debarkers, rosserhead debarkers, infeed systems, bark hogs, flat screens, drum screens, standard vibrating conveyors, counterbalanced vibrating conveyors, belt conveyors, chain conveyors and live decks. To keep pace with the ever-evolving product line, the company’s production and management facilities have also been updated.

“Today as always, Fulghum Industries, Inc. stands committed to providing the finest quality equipment and service to the domestic and international forest products industry. Through the years our face has changed, but our commitment to quality and customer service has remained,” the company states.

Along with updates in its product line, Fulghum Industries has been keenly aware of concept evaluation and testing. The Fulghum Industries 170 ft. radius, 45 ton electric log crane is one of its latest products. This log crane combined with its 14 ft. diameter drum debarker and 120 in. 14-knife chipper introduces a higher production system.

Fulghum Industries, Inc. not only provides equipment and systems, but complete consulting, engineering, fabrication, installation and startup. Fulghum Industries, Inc. tailors each job to the customer’s needs, whether it is around the corner or around the world, and provides the level of assistance best suited to each individual situation. Visit

Terra Select Names Peterson NW Dealer

Terra Select Inc. (TSI), a manufacturer of screening equipment, has signed on Peterson Pacific as a dealer for Washington, Oregon, northern California, western Montana, and Idaho.

Headquartered in Sassenberg, Germany, TSI has been growing its dealer network over the last three years. TSI’s North American headquarters are based in Orem, Utah. “We recognize that product support is as critical to a sale as the sale itself so the opportunity to work with a company like Peterson is very exciting,” says Doug Sites, director of TSI.

Dave Girard, western sales manager for Peterson Pacific, comments, “The addition of TSI’s trommel and star screens to our diverse product line of grinding and chipping equipment, as well as our blower truck lines really allows us to offer a complete package to our customers who want to be able to size materials after it has been processed through our equipment.”

Contact Peterson at 800-269-6520.

Serial Plates Bring Service To Mulchers

Fecon is rolling out a new look to its serial number plates. Customers can scan the QR Code on the plate and immediately be linked to a list of commonly used parts specific to their machine, as well as contact information for Fecon. The new plates are mounted on the outside of the mulcher body for easier access and will now feature a QR Code unique to each mulcher.

Customers will benefit in having this information available so easily, including reduced downtime and increased productivity. This will also enable second and third owners of our machines to access the same information as the original owner.

For more information about the new QR Code Serial Plates call Courtney Shafer at 513-696-4430 or e-mail

Peterson Taps Barry Equipment As 2012 Dealer Of The Year

Peterson Pacific, a Eugene, Ore. based manufacturer of horizontal grinders, drum and disc chippers, blower trucks and screens, named Barry Equipment, Co. Inc. of Webster, Mass. as its 2012 Dealer of the Year.

Barry has represented Peterson products for the last 13 years. “Their intense focus on customer service and product support has really set aside Barry Equipment from other dealers in their region,” says Larry Cumming, president of Peterson Pacific.

Barry Equipment Co., Inc. was established in 1985 and is a family owned and operated equipment dealership servicing New England and New York State.

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