Chutes for loading and unloading conveyors are of critical importance to bulk material handling industries. Although seemingly simple, if a comparatively blasé approach is followed in the design of a chute, there is a high risk that, just as with other – more complex – equipment in a given plant, the chute could become a bottleneck by not efficiently passing material from one system to the next.
In Australia, the use of travelling, slewing and luffing stackers and bucketwheel reclaimers, is common for stockpile management. Today, the majority of new stockyard machines in Australia are fully automated, and many older machines have been retrofitted with modern control systems to achieve full automation. There are often opportunities to improve facility performance through an understanding of the key operating modes for these machines, and the relative strengths and weaknesses of each operating mode. This article describes some of the key features of common stacking and reclaiming modes.
Knowing the maximum capacity of existing conveyors is crucial when owners and operators wish to increase the overall throughput of transporting systems. This article provides some insight on the processes behind determining the maximum capacity.
Wind loading of structures is a complex phenomenon and a major consideration when ensuring the safety and design of industrial assets. This article aims to investigate the historical changes to Australian wind loading standards and the rationale behind them.
Standards Australia recently published the latest edition of AS 4324.1 Mobile equipment for continuous handling of bulk materials. It was recognised that AS 4324.1 is very important in the procurement process for this equipment and this needed further emphasis.
Design aspects of crane rail and wheel selection for materials handling machines and cranes are covered in Australian Standard AS1418. This article provides guidance on the appropriate selection of rails, rail joints and rails restraints for the safe and efficient operation of a crane or machine.
Even though the damaged structure may appear to be intact, the ability to resist earthquake loads, wind loads and other abnormal loads is severely reduced and catastrophic failure may result without warning.
In contrast to previous revisions, AS4324.1-2017 states that the standard should be used to risk assess existing machines for continued use, upgrades or modification. This clarifies the importance of AS4324.1 compliance for existing machines and may impact current risk management strategies, systems and procedures for these machines.
The P-F curve is a common representation of an assets life cycle based on the concept of the relationship between “Potential Failure” (P) and “Functional Failure” (F). Typically, P-F curves have been used to assist reliability analysis of mechanical equipment such as pumps, drives, bearings etc. However, the concept of the P-F curve can be applied to any asset. ASPEC frequently utilise P-F curves as a useful tool to communicate information regarding asset condition and status within the asset lifecycle.