The FB Group have been involved in the European energy-from-waste industry right from its very inception. We are committed to helping biomass plants extend the life of their conveyor components.
Around 15 years ago, FB Chain and our German sister company, FB Ketten, started receiving enquiries about conveyor chains and associated parts for the incineration industry. The FB Group has been manufacturing chain since 1908 and has a strong reputation in many other segments, including sawmills, paper and pulp, and cement, so we took the opportunity to further develop our competencies and experience.
Through close collaboration with a group of reference customers, we set out to understand the specialist requirements of biomass and energy-from-waste (EfW) applications and design solutions tailored to their needs. The biggest challenges we discovered were the humid environment, as well as the abrasive and unpredictable nature of the material conveyed. This led us to develop stronger and more corrosion-resistant chains through innovations in material, heat treatment and construction.
Our colleagues at FB Ketten Germany even designed a ground-breaking new scraper attachment for biomass and EfW applications. These INNO flights are manufactured from multi-laminated beech wood and are equally as strong as their traditional steel counterparts while saving up to 60% of the weight.
Not only do the INNO scrapers decrease the stress exerted on the conveyor drives for a longer service life, if any pieces of metal hidden in the biomass fuel become jammed, the scrapers simply snap. Unlike steel scrapers, INNO flights do not cause any damage to surrounding chains, sprockets and furnaces, and can easily be disposed of along with the fuel.
Our experience in the biomass and EfW industry started in Germany, simply because of the prevalence of this kind of power generation there. However, we have seen a growing number of biomass energy plants and, therefore, customer enquiries in the UK too.