Chute Technology is an engineering, service and solutions provider for all materials handling technology from underground or surface operations to railhead and port.
We provide Total Transfer Solutions, from mine to loadout. Our proven auditing and engineering capabilities produce practical, scalable solutions and are technologically world class. They are based on decades of partnering with Australian and international leaders in coal and minerals production, to resolve issues ranging from elimination of individual production bottlenecks, to whole-of-process improvements that expand throughput and ROI. Our experienced team has many case studies to offer.
Chute Technology Owner/Director Dennis Pomfret has more than 30 years’ experience in materials handling and mechanical engineering, with more than 20 years dedicated to transfer chutes and optimising performance and flow of entire materials handling processes.
He is a national authority on the cost-efficient design and implementation of advanced, proven technologies and systems that remove bottlenecks, save money, improve reliability and enhance operational sustainability and Licence to Operate.
Dennis has worked with major miners, port and rail operators nationally and internationally, including more than 20 years running his own engineering company, Dennis Pomfret Engineering. The original company – which is being expanded to meet growing demand – was a leading supplier of technology service including DEM (Discrete Element Method) modelling, FEA (Finite Element Analysis), design, specification and commissioning of material handling equipment and project management. These are all skills that have expanded with the founding of Chute Technology.
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New horizons of expertise - from chute design to total transfer solutions and Industry 4.0
What began as a company dedicated to improving material flow through coal and ore chutes, has now grown to encompass a broader range of materials handling equipment used in mining (surface and underground), agriculture, ports, rail, energy, dry goods, conveyors and control systems.
Our practical experience, honed over decades, is coupled with the latest Finite Element Analysis, DEM modelling and Thermal Analysis technologies in design, as well as Industry 4.0 expertise in digital communication along the value chain of process machinery.
From mine to port, digital technology can cost-efficiently transform the value chain by analysis and management of engineering data and control of processes and supply chains in a predictable, safety-oriented and production-optimised manner. In managing issues ranging from process safety through to control of issues such as water, dust and noise, Industry 4.0 digital technology can also help achieve optimum levels of corporate social responsibility.
Even though our capabilities and services have transformed over the course of our experience of partnering with leading local and international operations, our core values and focus remain the same:
- To optimise material flow, minimise wear and extend equipment life
- To provide a complete service, from project inception, through design, to implementation and ongoing optimisation through changing demand and site conditions
Minimising maintenance and downtime, maximising equipment life
One of Chute Technology’s core competencies is designing, engineering and maintaining materials handling equipment to minimise downtime and extend equipment life.
Companies looking to improve belt life may be missing the root cause of the problem: the chute. Better chute designs can significantly improve belt life, which reduces the downtime needed to replace the belt at regular intervals. In some cases, Chute Technology’s designs have improved belt life from 4 months to 4 years – an improvement of more than 12x the equipment life!
Our chute designs are modular in nature, which means that each part can be replaced individually, rather than having to replace the entire chute when one part experiences excessive wear.
We focus on applying engineering, design and manufacturing resources to solve materials handling problems, including conveyor transfer systems.
Chute Technology has made advances in:
- Identifying premature failure of ceramic tile – thermal and structural
- Asymmetrical chute work for sideways loading chutes
- Divergent flow hoods for load distribution
- Low height chutes for underground transfers
- Adapting transfer shapes to handle sticky product
- Skirt-less transfer for spillage containment
- Multi-direction transfers for portable conveyors
- Optimising of rail and ship loading processes and capacities
These advances have created major increases in productivity and reduction in downtime, spillage and maintenance shutdowns.
Designs that minimise environmental impact
A major consideration for all companies in the materials handling industry is minimising adverse effects on the surrounding environment. It is often a key requirement of a company’s Licence To Operate (LTO) that they meet strict environmental regulations. Chute Technology’s design and engineering experience can help in areas such as:
- Improved material flow in transfer chutes, which results in less usage of hoses and sprinklers to clean out material that is stuck or clogged.
- Improved material handling designs that have superior dust control features, which reduces water that would otherwise be used to control the dust
- Reduced environmental contamination through superior chute, conveyor or materials handling design that results in less leakage, less spillage and less equipment malfunctions