Published 28-05-2020
| Article appears in June 2020 Issue



Chute Technology, a company committed to advanced engineering technology, has announced new audits designed to improve cost efficiencies in material transfer processes.

With decades of Australian and international practical engineering experience behind it, Chute has used its advanced expertise in new flow enhancement and problem-solving technologies to solve issues that have, in some cases, hampered mineral and coal throughput for years and cost millions in unrealised profit.

The audits and solutions provided by Chute extend from single issues at individual plants through to whole-of-process improvements from mines to port, or even point-of-resource use.

“The audits respond to big changes in the mining and materials handling industries,” says Chute Technology managing director Dennis Pomfret, who has been involved in major mine and port throughput and uptime enhancements throughout Australia and overseas for more than 30 years.

“That includes how to get transfer systems designed in the 20th century to achieve the higher throughput required in the 21st.”

Retrofits of older systems can eliminate production-line bottlenecks that slow the process down significantly, but in some cases, Pomfret says more drastic work is necessary.

“In greenfields development or plant reactivation, the issue may require a whole-of-process review extending from production and transfer systems at the mine to loading out for export or domestic use,” he says.

“New technologies that are proven and reliable can deliver outstanding ROI and throughput boosts worth tens of millions of dollars a year.”

Pomfret and advanced engineering partner Gian Naldi head up a multi-skilled team that works in partnership with operations and engineering management at mines and bulk handling facilities.

The team incorporates audit results into their four-stage problem solving methodology, which includes a transfer system audit (site inspections, diagnostics, customer support and functional performance comparisons), a problem solving feasibility proposal (including utilisation of DEM modelling, finite element analysis, thermal analysis and other tools to determine the best and most cost-effective solution), implementation, and ongoing monitoring and preventative maintenance.

“The process differs radically from typical piecemeal improvements in that it goes to the root of challenges and proposes comprehensive solutions based on the application of new technologies and long practical experience with coal and minerals,” Pomfret says.

Chute Technology’s problem identification and solving process involves a range of new audits, including whole of plant, total transfer, spillage and waste, conveyor, environmental performance, compliance and safety, automation and Industry 4.0, and risk management and licence to operate audits.

“The audits look at a plant or asset in-depth and use the latest technologies to find where efficiencies can be gained, and to report on areas such as excess wear, throughput, asset life, spillage, waste, environmental performance, safety and other compliance issues,” Pomfret says.

Chute Technology’s enduring and valuable relationships with respected mining and bulk handling specialist Telford Engineering Solutions and TW Woods Construction heavy engineering have allowed it to partner on projects involving some of the biggest names in mining, energy and ports.

From its humble beginnings as a company dedicated to improving material flow through coal and ore chutes, Chute Technology has grown to encompass a broader range of materials handling equipment used in mining, ports, rail, energy, conveyors, control systems and bulk handling.

For more info, visit the Chute Technology website:

Chute Technology

1300 833 140


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