Our customer is one of Australia’s most progressive commodity terminals. The operator’s core business encompasses bulk storage and handling facilities for primarily wheat and barley.
- Excessive dust and spillage at the transfer chute.
- Slippage and other OHS hazards linked to dust/spillage issues.
- Anti-static/FRAS requirements.
The Maintenance Supervisor specifically sought a low maintenance, long lasting solution to suppress and minimise the excess dust/spillage at the facilities outdated tail end transfer chutes.
Between January and April 2023, the installation process began, this entailed modifications to the drop zone to divert the grain/barley to be more centrally loaded. The site skirting was also modified to accommodate Kinder’s FRAS AirScrape® (10m), FRAS TailScrape (1m), and FRAS K-Containment® Seal (6m) and extension of the existing chute tunnel and custom made Dustboxes. Behind the drop chute, the Tailbox was extended by 1-metre. Stainless steel filter cloth was also installed onto the Tail Dustbox.
AirScrape® and TailScrape, highly effective contactless skirting solution makes no contact with the belt surface with its unique diagonal arrangement of hardened lamellas, air is led from the outside into the middle of the belt, creating a powerful suction effect enabling fine dust particles to remain in the conveyor section.
- Dust issues under control, spillage down to zero.
- Improved visibility during the intake.
- External extraction system is not required.
- OHS hazards successfully addressed.
The results of the installation have been highly successful in resolving the dust and spillage challenges. The reduction of excessive dust and spillage has had a significant positive impact on health and safety, particularly on the walkways. With a life expectancy of up to 20 years without wearing out, the dust and spillage control solution offers long-term reliability and effectiveness. There are also plans on implementing a similar solution in other areas of their facility in the future.