CBI Customer Case Study


Continental Biomass Industries (CBI) recently designed and installed an electric stationary system that is customized to grind 600 - 800 tons of railroad ties on a daily basis. Ties 2, based out of northern Wisconsin, initially approached CBI about possible system options nearly two years ago and the planning process took off not long afterwards. The challenge was to create an electric system that could withstand the tough and gnarly material that hardwood railroad ties often present while producing high amounts of consistent end product.

It appears Ties 2 made a worthy investment after reviewing 2016’s early results. Downtime has been minimal and the grinding facility’s crew has shown it isn’t afraid to work extra hours to meet customer demand. Much of the system’s success can be attributed to the CBI Grizzly Mill Primary Grinder. This unit features a 60” x 60” solid steel rotor that is the largest rotor design ever manufactured by CBI. Before the ties are initially ground, they are loaded onto a CBITaper Slot Vibratory Screen to remove dirt and debris.

The end product, which looks very similar to the average homeowner’s landscaping mulch, is trucked to two nearby power plants: Minnesota Power in Duluth, Minnesota and Excel Energy in Ashland, Wisconsin. Each power plant burns the end product to generate electricity for those living in nearby regions.

A the stationary system is explained in greater detail by clicking here.

President: Steve Berglund

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