Train load outs on the iron ore mines in Western Australia are equipped with chutes that have to be removed from time to time for general maintenance and so that the wear package can be replaced. Removing and dropping the chute has, in the past, been a labour intensive manual process using equipment such as chain blocks and ‘come-alongs’.
Designed by CMP Engineers, Loadquip has supplied the Schenck Process ProLift, which is a self propelled, rail mounted, scissor lift. The device engages with the chute, provides support while it is un-bolted, lowers it to ground level and then moves it out of the train load out point, for loading onto a truck. A replacement chute can then be loaded onto the ProLift, transported on the rails, raised and bolted into position. The ProLift lifts a new chute in about 10 minutes, compared to roughly 4 hours using chain blocks.
The ProLift and the integrated chute transport frame have been designed by CMP Engineers, and supplied by Loadquip Pty Ltd.