Cimbria received an enquiry for loading chutes from one of our Chinese dealers. The project company behind the enquiry was Nantong Rainbow Heavy Machineries Co. Ltd. (RHM China), which explained that the project was being carried out on behalf of Maersk for a terminal at the Port of Callao, Peru.
The loading chutes were to be used for loading fertilizer into open trucks at a capacity of 800 t/h, and for loading grain into open trucks and onto a band conveyor at a capacity of 915 t/h. The chutes were due to be installed under a mobile hopper system used when unloading ships. The specifications of the chutes were very strict, containing demands for all stainless steel execution, ATEX rating, and a rather complex control/safety system which included a plug-in facility due to the mobile nature of the hoppers.
Following the initial enquiry, a process of clarification began, whereby the exact execution of the loading chutes was specified and the final contract was signed and stamped. The final configuration of the Moduflex loading chutes was made up of four A650F/10s in AISI 304 with integrated 18 m2 filter and dual-purpose outlet (loading into trucks and loading onto conveyor). The chutes are approved for handling food according to EU directive 1935/2004 and are approved for ATEX zone 20/22. In addition, there are two N500F/7s in AISI 304 with integrated 18 m2 filter for loading into open trucks. These chutes are also approved for ATEX zone 20/22. All the filters are supplied with an explosion relief system as required by the customer.
The loading chutes were assembled, tested and readied for shipment. Uniquely, the chutes were first shipped to China, where they were unpacked and pre-mounted on their respective hoppers. After undergoing a functional (dry) test, the loading chutes were re-packed and shipped to the site in Peru. After installation at the terminal, Cimbria was contacted for commissioning of the loading chutes, which took place in June 2015.