Optimise Transfer Points To Lower Total Cost Of Ownership

The efficiency and reliability of transfer points are pivotal in lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO) on mines and minerals processing plants. These transfer points, where materials move from one conveyor belt to another, from conveyor to equipment or into storage facilities, are critical junctions that, when optimised, can lead to significant cost savings and operational benefits.

Mark Baller, CEO of Weba Chute Systems explains that transfer points serve as the heart of materials handling systems. “Chute systems ensure the seamless flow of bulk materials such as minerals and aggregates, from one process to another. However, these points are also prone to issues like spillage, dust generation, material degradation and equipment wear. Addressing these challenges is key to reducing maintenance costs, downtime, and overall TCO.”

A Weba screen and underpan transfer chute discharging onto a conveyor at a coal mine.

Weba Chute Systems, a leader in transfer point solutions, has been instrumental in assisting mining and minerals handling operations to achieve lower costs and increased reliability. With decades of experience and a deep understanding of the unique challenges in bulk material handling, the company has developed innovative solutions that address the critical issues associated with transfer points.

Baller says that optimised transfer points are designed to minimise spillage and dust creation. “Using well-engineered chutes can greatly reduce material loss through the creation of excessive finds or spillages eliminating the need for frequent clean-ups. This not only lowers labour costs but also mitigates environmental and health risks,” he says.

Properly designed transfer points ensure a smooth and controlled material flow, which is essential to prevent material degradation, and this is where Weba Chute Systems leverages its extensive experience and expertise. Using advanced flow control techniques, such as curved chute designs and flow aid devices, the company designs transfer points that help in maintaining material integrity and consistency.

Transfer points are often sites of high wear and tear due to the impact and abrasion of materials, and Weba Chute systems prioritises the use of high quality wear resistant materials of construction. The company’s robust structural designs further enhance the longevity of transfer points, providing a substantial reduction in overall maintenance costs. This focus on durability extends to the lifespan of equipment, reducing the need for frequent replacements and maintenance.

A transfer point with a bifurcated Weba transfer chute.

“Safety and operational efficiency are at the core of Weba Chute Systems’ solutions, and by minimising the risk of blockages and equipment failures, we significantly enhance safety and ensure continuous, uninterrupted operations for our customers,” Baller says. “This not only boosts productivity but also minimises downtime, leading to significant cost savings.”

“Optimising transfer points in materials handling applications is a strategic move that can significantly lower the total cost of ownership, and this applies to both greenfield and brownfield installations,” Baller says. “Investing in well-engineered transfer points is not just about improving individual processes but rather a holistic approach to enhancing the entire materials handling system’s performance and profitability.”

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