During October Cleveland Cascades Engineers have completed the installation and commissioning of 3 identical chutes for their customer ADM Ama Louisiana based in New Orleans, USA.
The 3 chutes are our 1700 size systems at 39.62 meters extended and 11.62 meters retracted. The chutes are designed for loading from a Fixed Head chute and are operated via a remotely mounted drum type hoist system.
The cascade chute are fitted with a comprehensive suite of electrical components necessary for safe operation and control, providing signalling for any potential blockages. All of the functions provide feedback to the control system for the ship loader with safety limits being interlocked with the conveyor system feeding the chute.
The systems are in place to handle Wheat, Soy Beans, Milo, Corn, Corn Meal and DDG at a maximum capacity of 3,000 cubic meters per hour. The head chute deflectors are lined with 6mm ceramic tiles and cones lined with 4mm ceramic tiles for abrasion resistance.
Each of the chutes were supplied with a 360° trimming spout with a 3.96m outreach from the chute centre line with manual adjustment for spout inclination used to adjust material trajectory for differing materials. The trimmer can be seen installed on the CC896 chute in the Gallery below.
Also in the Gallery below the chutes can be seen loading both with the shroud up and the shroud down for viewing of the material flow, initial loading of small barges and full loading into typical vessel hatches. The chutes can bee seen both with the skirted outlet and trimmer attached.
The videos below demonstrate the range of material loaded through the three chutes:
Video – Loading Soy Bean at 1000 tons per hour:
Video – Loading Soy Bean at 1800 tons per hour:
In the above video the material can been seen loading through the chute with the shroud down showing clean loading.
Video – Loading Corn at 2000 tons per hour:
Video – Loading Soy Bean Hull Pellets at 1000 tons per hour:
Video – Loading Soy Meal at 750 tons per hour: