What are Chutes and Liners? Why are they used?
Chutes are an inclined channel, such as a trough, tube, or shaft, for conveying water, grain, coal, or other forms of materials/fluids to a lower level. Typical varieties of chutes include launders, deflectors, flaps, vibration assisted chutes and conveyor belts.
Plastic liners are a sacrificial item installed inside chutes or channels. They are mainly used to help reduce wear or chemical attack on more expensive/structural materials, and can be replaced at minimal costs.
Other reasons why liners are used:
- To help protect the media traveling on the chute from damage.
- To either assist in slowing down or speeding up the travel speed of the media.
- Transportation of the media to another area.
- To protect the chute or structure from wear and tear caused from heat, friction, abrasion or damage due to chemical reaction.
Where are they used?
Chutes/Liners are used in many industries such as:
What are they commonly made with?
Chutes: Typically metal, cement, fiberglass and plastic.
Liners: Typically rubber, metal and plastic.
Types of Plastics Used for Chutes and Liners
The type of plastic used is determined by the requirements of the client and the media travelling through the chute. Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Plastic (UHMWPE) is most commonly used however, Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP) or Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) are also depending on the application and budget.
Reduces Maintenance Costs
Increases Lifetime Benefits
What’s good about Fusion Fabricated Chutes/Liners?
Fusion has 18 years of custom plastic fabrication experience in a broad range of industries, giving us the expertise from both a design and fabrication perspective. We’re highly regarded Australia-wide for our fabrication capabilities and quality workmanship.
We use only the highest quality plastic sheet and recommend plastic for both chutes and liners for the following reasons: strength, durability, chemical resistance, smoothness and longevity.
Plastic is also lighter in weight and is easier to install and repair therefore can offer the best solution both from a longevity and cost perspective. Put simply:
- Reduces maintenance costs
- Increases lifetime benefits
Examples of Fusion’s Chutes/Liners Projects:
- Chutes and liners for various chemical processing plants based in WA.
- Food grade chutes for large food processing plant in WA.
- Lining of slurry lines for Nickel Refinery based in WA.
At Fusion, we strive to build long term partnerships, working hard with our clients to achieve optimum outcomes, delivered on time and on budget.
With a proven track record, our engineering team is ready to assist with the design, selection of material, and the most cost effective option for you.