Conveyors, Transfers

Martin Engineering kits out transfer chutes

Martin Engineering has made difficult modifications and lost inventory a thing of the past with its new transfer chute kits. 

Martin Engineering has made difficult modifications and lost inventory a thing of the past with its new transfer chute kits. 

Most companies know the pain of lost inventory all too well. They have ordered a new transfer chute but when it arrives, the parts do not arrive together and come in multiple boxes of various sizes.

With the best intentions, companies set aside inventory until the scheduled downtime when the chute can assembled. Some inventory vanishes and companies are left to deal with the headache.  

Martin Engineering has unveiled a transfer point kit designed to address three common issues the bulk handling industry faces: product loss, difficult assembly, and expensive retrofits. 

The company knows product loss can lead to delays and has designed its new transfer point kit to be delivered in a single crate with all assembly parts included. 

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 “This is a rugged one-kit solution designed to fit most standard conveyors and belt widths, regardless of what material is being transferred,” said Martin Engineering’s conveyor products manager, Dave Mueller. 

 “Our centre for innovation is constantly looking for ways to engineer equipment with safety and our customer’s bottom line in mind.  

“That’s why the kit doesn’t just streamline labour, time and production, but it’s also a logistical solution by shipping it in one crate.”

While most new chutes need to be fabricated in downtime – which increases project budgets and extends production time – the transfer point kit takes a new approach. The kit can be assembled before shutdown and installation, easing the impact on the customer.

Complete with a fully modular design, the new product can be retrofit with future changes without the expensive cost seen with other transfer chutes.

If customers involve a Martin Engineering technician in the installation process, they will receive the company’s “Absolutely no excuses guarantee” which promises quality products and service to the customers’ satisfaction.

Muller said the company had received plenty of positive feedback from customers about its new and innovative product.

“After installation, Martin territory managers or partner distributors are available to offer support,” he said.  

“The feedback for the kit has been excellent. Customers get the heavy-duty Martin quality they’ve come to expect in a more convenient, efficient and sustainable package.”

The kit features modular horizontal loading zone, settling zone, and stilling zone configurations, providing easier installation and a wider variety of chute options while facilitating future upgrades. 

The skirt seal – the most frequently replaced wear part on transfer points – is sold separately as a single piece that runs the entire length of the chute. 

Each kit is ordered as a loading zone, settling zone and stilling zone. Dustier applications may require a longer settling zone. The size of the kit is determined by the receiving belt’s speed and width – accommodating 450-1800 mm.

The taller loading zone controls air turbulence and connects to both the drop chute and settling zone.  When cargo hits a belt with great velocity, fines and lumps splash up the sides of the belt.  

Without a properly sealed enclosure, the material will spill underneath the conveyor, creating a hazard, restricting access and fouling other components.  

The settling zone follows the loading zone and helps mitigate dust emissions.  

Dust is collected, mechanically filtered, or settled back into the cargo stream before leaving the stilling zone and continuing as a conventional conveyor.

The kit includes a chute wall weldment, wear liner assembly, wear liner plate, outer chute supports, top cover, tail panel/clamp/rubber sheet, installation hardware and an owner’s manual. 

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