Chutes are used to control the direction of the material, flow stream, spillage, dust and environmental pollution, production degradation, retard or control flow, and surge control.
Cost is a factor for designing a bulk material handling system to accommodate different materials, according to Rich Tavis, BinMaster Representative, Southeast Region.
“I work with a company that purchased an agricultural facility and used it for minerals processing,” Tavis said. “They don’t want to invest in new silos, conveyors, and chutes, so they adapt and utilize sensors to monitor bulk material flow.”
High-tech sensors indicate flow and no-flow material conditions to alert operators before, or shortly after, a plug occurs.