Weba chute system

A Weba Chute System installed
at a coal plant in the USA

A South African manufacturer of custom-designed transfer point solutions for bulk materials handling is embarking on a concerted drive which will ensure optimal performance and lower costs per ton for its mining customers.

“The problem we have encountered is that normal wear and tear can lead to a decline in overall performance that can cause a significant loss of productivity over time,” explains Weba Chute Systems managing director Werner Baller. “We are undertaking to monitor our systems for a year from date of installation to determine the wear rate and to ensure that the transfer point is performing optimally,” he says. “Based on the information gathered during this period, we will present the customer with a detailed breakdown of maintenance costs to ensure this optimal performance well into the future,” he adds.

“Such routine maintenance will constitute a negligible cost factor for a customer such as a mining operation,” Baller points out, “and will definitely reduce the cost-perton. At the end of the day this saving will have a major impact on that customer’s bottom line,” he emphasises.

If a mine encounters a slight spillage from uneven wear and tear in a chute system, and this is not attended to promptly, it can lead to the total destruction of the inner chute. This is very expensive to rectify, as it essentially means the installation of a new transfer point.

However, pro-active maintenance will identify the spillage at an early stage, with the necessary steps being taken to prevent any major damage occurring. “This is particularly important in mining operations, which are facing increasing cost constraints and escalating production costs,” Baller notes.

“Our aim is to provide maintenance solutions and expertise to all our transfer points worldwide. This will constitute a win-win solution for everyone: for our customers in terms of the increased uptime, and for ourselves in terms of a lucrative new avenue of business,” he concludes.