The chute conveyor is one of the most inexpensive methods of conveying material. The chute conveyor is often used to link two powered conveyor lines; it is also used to provide accumulation in shipping areas; a spiral chute can be used to convey items between floors with minimum amount of space required. Conveyor chutes are used in bulk handling to perform a variety of operations. In particular, the loading of a belt conveyor, and the transfer of material from one moving belt conveyor to another, are important tasks. Such operations are widely used for the transport of both coarse grain material (such as cereals, mineral ore and coal) and fine powders (as used in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries).
While the chute conveyors are economical, it is also difficult to control the items being conveyed by chutes; packages may tend to shift and turn so that jams and blockages occur. Conventional chute systems or transfer points generally drop the material from point A to point B, and more often than not the height of the drop is not taken into account. Commercial chutes are often designed without taking the need to remove foreign objects into account. Not only do foreign objects cause excessive impact on the belt, but are often the cause of blockages and stoppages. Optimal chute design ensures efficient transport without spillage and blockages, and with minimum chute and belt wear. The importance of optimal design is accentuated with the trend towards higher conveying speeds. iServe Inc ensures that through the correct and careful design of the transfer point, the impact on the conveyor belt can be minimised and major savings realised.