Ted Cruickshank, Project Manager at Weba Chute Systems. 

Custom engineered chute systems have significantly reduced dust levels while increasing productivity at Zimplats. Over the last two decades, Weba Chute Systems has installed 99 of its tailor made transfer points in various applications across the mine and processing plants.

These bespoke installations span various applications including conveyor onto conveyor transfer chutes, apron feeder discharge chutes, mill feed chutes, conveyor onto bins transfer chutes, screen over and under size chutes, silo chutes, and transfer chutes at the crushing and screening stations.

Weba Chute Systems recently secured another contract to provide ten custom-engineered transfer chutes for the expansion of an underground crusher station at Zimplats.

Robust solution

Ted Cruikshank, Weba Chute Systems’ Project Manager, explains that these chutes will handle the transportation of run-of-mine material from the ore pass to the underground crusher and from the crusher to the outgoing conveyor. He says the engineering and construction of these chutes will ensure a fit-for-purpose robust solution with the height of the chutes ranging from two to six metres. 

Sharing specifics, Ted says that the chutes before the crusher are designed to manage large material up to 650mm in size from a vibrating feeder, with a maximum tonnage of 1 100tph. “Other chutes will transport the feeder’s undersize, less than 180mm in size, at 550tph, while still others will be employed in conveyor-to-conveyor applications, feeding 1 500mm wide belts with up to 1 350tph of material and a maximum lump size of 250mm.”

Showing a rendered image of the crushing station vibrating grizzly transfer chute.

Cascade system

Weba Chute Systems’ unique chute design philosophy, based on the cascade system, extends the wear life of the chute through the strategic placement of dead boxes, creating a layer of ore for the moving material to flow over. Replaceable lips are incorporated on the dead boxes facilitating easy and quick swap out at the necessary intervals. Easily accessible inspection doors are also a feature which will ensure maintenance becomes an effortless process.

Ted highlights that this design has proven particularly effective at Zimplats due to the abrasiveness of platinum ore, and the chutes will continue to ensure the smooth, controlled flow of mined and crushed material, leading to less wear, damage and spillage on conveyor belts and a marked reduction in dust. 

Hilmax, Weba Chute Systems’ local agent in Zimbabwe, will oversee the chute installations and provide spare sets of wearing lip liners for each chute to ensure optimal uptime for Zimplats.


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