Our Capabilities

Chute Technology uses engineering design and expertise, advanced modelling and analysis, and proven project experience to optimise material flow, minimise wear and extend equipment life.

Our capabilities include:
  • DEM (Discrete Element Method)
  • FEA (Finite Element Analysis)
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Project Management
  • Plant upgrades
  • Plant commissioning
  • Control Systems
  • Designing, installing and maintaining equipment such as
    • Coal and ore chutes
    • Conveyors
    • Ship loaders
  • Improving the reliability and safety of unsupervised processes
  • Installing the necessary prerequisites for automation and Industry 4.0
  • Continuous support and wear management
  • Extending time between maintenance
  • Minimising environmental impacts, helping companies obtain or maintain their Licence To Operate (LTO)
  • Solving material flow problems

The Chute Technology Problem Solving Process

Stage 1

Transfer System Audit
Chute Technology can either provide an end-to-end transfer audit to analyse the full materials handling process, or tailor our analysis to a specific issue that requires fixing. In this audit, the initial scope of work is identified through a site visit, customer interview and inspection of problem areas. We also determine our customer’s aims, which may include increasing equipment life, decreasing wear or solving material flow issues, for example. Chute Technology provides support to customers including functional performance comparisons (expected vs actual performance) and running DEM diagnostics (to determine the root cause of issue and to replicate any problems to assist the problem-solving process.) Chute Technology provides a report on the audit and discusses the next stage of the project.

Stage 2

Problem solving feasibility proposal
Chute Technology uses DEM modelling, Finite Element Analysis, Thermal Analysis and other engineering tools to determine the best and most cost-effective solution. A range of solutions are developed and presented to the customer. They involve different levels of engineering and provide design improvements focused on minimising wear rates, improving belt life, improving other equipment life, increasing throughput, improving overall flow performance preventing choking or blocked chutes, minimising downtime and optimising overall performance.

Stage 3

Design Implementation
After a preferred design and solution has been agreed upon, Chute Technology manages the final engineering, drafting and implementation of this solution from start to finish, and puts in place technologies to measure the improvement in performance.

Stage 4

Monitoring and preventative maintenance
Chute Technology continues to monitor performance to ensure solution is delivering benefits such as increased throughput and decreased wear. Where necessary, Chute Technology can provide further support to fine tune the solution by making minor adjustments to further optimise performance, throughput or minimise wear. Chute Technology can also put in place a preventative maintenance programme to ensure all assets are kept in peak operating condition, and continue to provide consistent and long-term efficient performance.

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