The handling of bulk materials is frequently plagued by the issue of airborne dust. Increased conveyor belt wear, along with the ensuing downtime and productivity losses, can be brought on by a failure to regulate dust.
Larger materials will bounce and roll if a transfer point is not designed correctly, which will lead to belt wear. Air is also entrained in the fines, which leads to dust issues. It is possible that there will be spillage at the loading point if the material falls through the chute and onto the receiving belt off-centre.
These issues will be resolved by an effective and well-designed transfer point. Weba Chute Systems, who have drawn on a large and diverse range of previous successful projects, believe that a thorough site visit is the first step in any effective transfer point design. Weba interacts with the engineers and maintenance personnel to make sure that the finished product complies with SHEQ (safety, health, environmental, and quality) regulations and satisfies all the plant’s needs.
The precise product specifications and data, belt width, belt speed, material sizes and shapes, throughput, and plant structure, including the location of belt scrapers and dust suppression/extraction systems, are all considered by Weba Chute Systems.
The company considers a holistic design that includes the control of the flow, volume, and velocity of the material being moved at all times in addition to the entry and exit points. This theory has several advantages, including a decrease in material deterioration, wear and tear, noise and dust pollution, spillage, excessive impact, and consequent belt damage.
Feedback from the company’s installations indicates that the levels of unwelcome dust and noise pollution immediately diminish. Mineral processing plants can significantly minimise the maintenance expenses and man-hours that come from wear and failure by investing in a transfer point system that considers the relevant factors.
Excessive respirable dust not only harms employees’ health, but it also leads to more frequent maintenance needs since it accumulates on the mechanical parts of conveyors.
By managing the material’s transfer onto the conveyor belt, a significant amount of wear and tear is eliminated, and the rebound that typically releases clouds of dust into the air is reduced.