With Weba Chutes you will receive a trusted material handling system suitable for all kinds of mines. For many new to the industry, the term “materials handling” conjures up a number of ideas, not all of them correct. It can seem like a vague term, but it’s actually quite easy to understand.
Materials handling includes the entire process of moving, controlling, and protecting materials as they are manufactured, stored, used, disposed of, or distributed both into and out of the mine. The process is done in such a way that the profitability and the productivity of the mine are improved.
The Weba Chute can quickly and easily become the material handling system of choice, regardless of the materials that a mine is excavating. Material handling equipment is an absolute necessity for any mine. It keeps the production process going and reduces any possible downtime due to material movement issues. When investing in any mining equipment, making sure that you have the best products is the only way to guarantee that the mine continues to function optimally. Inferior mining chutes can lead to costly downtime as well as pricey maintenance and repairs.
What makes Weba Chute Systems & Solutions the best?
Let us begin with always important maintenance matters. Mark Baller, our Managing Director, believes that transfer points should be accorded the same importance as other minerals processing machinery. In particular, the effect of the chute’s performance on the life of conveyor belts, which can account for up to 60% of the capital cost of a bulk materials handling plant, deserves attention.
The cost of replacing a conveyor belt, not to mention the downtime associated with belt maintenance and replacement, makes it worth looking more closely at any measures that will extend the conveyor’s life. Typically, conveyors like feeders, crushers, hoppers, and screens are selected to match certain operational requirements; however, there is little emphasis on the design of the chutes transferring materials between elements. This is a mistake, as chutes are essential elements in a bulk solids handling plant, and are also subject to operational characteristics and physical constraints. Among the most common problems on transfer chutes are spillage, blockages, and high levels of wear on the receiving belt due to major differences between the material velocity and the belt velocity. There is also a misalignment of the receiving conveyor belt, which is caused by uneven loading from the transfer chute.
Key to solving these challenges is good design. While conventional chute design often allows the uncontrolled discharge of bulk materials, a holistic design is necessary because it focuses not only on the entry and exit points, but also controlling the flow, volume, and velocity of the material being transferred. Each transfer point therefore needs to be custom-designed to control the direction, flow, and velocity of the material. Weba Chute Systems bases its designs on the ‘supertube’ effect, which often employs a cascade lining system allowing 95% of material to run on other material at all times. This may also be achieved using conventional lining systems. One of the designer’s aims must be to achieve controlled transfer of material onto the conveyor belt, reducing wear and tear on belts while also minimizing the impact that creates dust. The results are cost savings for customers and better occupational health and safety compliance. The ‘super flow effect’ is designed into our products using sound engineering principles and sophisticated 3D software. We also use Discrete Element Method (DEM) simulation as a verification tool.
Although a material handling system has a long life span, there might come a time when maintenance becomes a necessity. At Weba, we have the perfect solution for all belt maintenance requirements. Years of design, innovation, and invaluable field experience mean that we know exactly what needs to be done when it’s time for maintenance.
Weba Chute System Benefits
You’ll undoubtedly enjoy numerous benefits when you make the smart choice of investing in a proper, well-designed transfer chute. Here are some of the great benefits of our chute system that you can look forward to:
- A cost-effective material transfer solution
With each chute system we manufacture, we aim to use the most cost-effective technology and materials, along with years of exceptional experience to solve your material transfer problems. We never cut back on quality, so you can always expect a superior product.
- High Safety Standards
We emphasize environmental protection and workplace safety, to prevent events on-site, which could harm employees and set back productivity.
For more information about how you can change the way that your mine functions, contact us.
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