Chute designer earns Hall of Fame accolade

Werner Baller, founder and chairman of Weba Chute Systems, has been inducted into International Mining’s Technology Hall of Fame.

The accolade marks a major achievement for Werner and the company he has developed since 1983. Born in West Germany, he studied ceramic engineering before coming to South Africa in 1965. With 45 years experience in mining and engineering, and 27 of those in transfer chute systems, he has developed nine patented products.

Perhaps the most successful of these has been his Weba Chute System, which he developed after a comprehensive study of conventional chute design. Taking a scientific and innovative approach to the
dynamics of bulk materials at transfer points, the Weba Chute System presents a streamlined and cost-saving alternative.

It also delivers higher levels of occupational health and safety. Based on the
lined ‘super tube’ or cascade system, the lower layer of material in the product stream moves in a tumbling motion, rather than sliding. This reduces wear, with the lip often remaining completely covered by material and therefore never needing to be replaced.

Weba Chute Systems
Mark Baller
Tel: (011) 827-9372
www.webachutes.com