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Chute Technology recognised at Australian Bulk Handling Awards

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Chute Technology has been named as a finalist in the 2015 Australian Bulk Handling Awards for its dust and spillage prevention technology. The awards, held at Doltone House on 5 November, recognised the most innovative, efficient and safe technologies in the bulk handling industry.

According to a company press release, Chute Technology’s dust and spillage prevention solution employs the best current technologies developed from proven installations at alumina, iron and other mineral ore, and coal handling facilities at mines, power plants and ports to tack dust problems at the source, rather than attempting to control dust after it has been created.

“It’s a great feeling to be given this sort of recognition for the work that we’re doing on plants in Australia and around the world,” said Tom Woods, one of the three Chute Technology principal partners.

“Good designs such as these – either new or retrofitted – demonstrate that environmentally sensitive production need not necessarily come at a cost to output,” added Dennis Pomfret, one of the other Chute Technology partners. “I believe that’s one the reasons we were selected as a finalist in these awards. In fact, these chute improvement technologies have achieved major increases in production, exceeding 50% – and even 80% – in some cases, while solving waste and spillage problems.”

Chute Technology’s dust and spillage prevention packages include integrated advanced product flow analysis, 3D Discrete Element Method (DEM) design processes and globally proven manufacturing services.

“The packages – which apply to completely new plants and problem areas within existing plants – deploy technologies whose availability and application may have been too fragmented or unmanageable and put into the too-hard basket,” concluded Pomfret. “But now the environmental safety and profit waste issues raised by dust and spillage have placed these issues high on the industry agendas worldwide.”

Chute Technology’s partners have over more than 80 yr of experience in a variety of resource industries, including coal, iron ore, alumina and limestone, across Australia, the US, South American and South Africa. It brings together TW Wood’s specialist metal shaping, fabrication and welding services, McKajj Services design and project management expertise and Dennis Pomfret Engineering’s proven materials handling technologies.

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