AMULREE, PERTHSHIRE – Aerospace, automotive and communications technology companies have all evolved and innovated to maintain market share. LoadFast Systems are experts in hoist and crane technology with international success and looked to apply that technology to diversify into new sectors.
Research into the bulk material handling sector revealed one provider hiding behind a patent and technology that has not evolved for over twenty years and since the patent has expired other companies are now copying that technology to grow their market share.
LoadFast Systems does not function with a “me too” mentality and spoke to many customers of the incumbent provider and from first principles developed the ideal set of characteristics for the perfect chute.
The GraviLoad team at LoadFast Systems now design and manufacture purpose designed ship-loading chutes for integration in Port facilities and provides a full design, analysis and manufacturing service for clients worldwide.
GraviLoad produce a range of chute systems from traditional free-fall systems through to the innovative and unique, patent applied for, telescopic controlled flow spoon chute. Incorporation of these chutes in ship-loaders significantly reduces the dust and damage to the materials being handled, when compared to conventional cascade chutes.
Designed from fundamentals, LoadFast achieve :-
- Design and manufacture to the client’s requirements.
- True “plug and play”, with no on-site tuning required.
- Wide tolerance to variations in flow rates and material properties.
- Significantly lower lifetime cost.
- Wear properties optimised by the use of a wide range of materials and coatings
The products are fully designed using 3D Computer Aided Design and fully integrated within the overall design of the ship-loading system. A key feature is our own in-house discrete element modelling (DEM) where we provide full-size video and statistical data of the chute’s performance prior to manufacturing as part of the Client sign off process.
LoadFast Systems also designs and manufactures all of the electronics and control systems to suit any application.
The chutes can be optimised for flow and wear life for a range of commodities from animal feeds through to cement clinker and as each chute is designed to suit the specific application, LoadFast can apply the right compromises throughout the design process. All products are manufactured from a range of materials including specialist high-strength / low-weight Hardox steel, stainless steel (if budget permits), through to high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and the provision of ceramic liners for high-abrasion situations.
Being purpose designed does not mean higher price as the chutes are optimised to suit the specific customer requirement and optimisation does not mean that the chute only performs within tight parameters. GraviLoad product development has optimised the velocity distribution over a wide range of flow rates, compared to the significant changes that are seen in a cascade chute that can result in either choking or free-fall.
Our major competitors are an industry that is reluctant to adopt innovative solutions and the companies that manufacture conventional cascade chutes. Chutes that were developed over 20 years ago and have not moved on significantly and are known for their defects, such as :-
- Not working at low flow rates where they become a freefall chute leading to damage and dust
- Not working at high flow rates where they become choked
- Limited in material selection because of their design, leading to premature wear
- Being sensitive to material properties requiring specialist set up on installation
LoadFast Systems are competitive by using material flow fundamentals and modelling to create the optimum flow and are innovating further with the inclusion of different flow shapes that are specifically optimised to reduce wear as well as lower dust and damage.
Our innovative design, technology and competitive pricing have attracted the attention of the majority of ship loader manufacturers and demand is growing.
Recently LoadFast delivered controlled flow spoon chutes for a Cement Clinker application in Colombia. These were designed in 3-D from standard components in 4 weeks and then were extensively modelled in DEM and carefully optimised for flow. Manufacturing the chute assemblies was achieved in a further 4 weeks to a tight client schedule. Full documentation and certification was supplied as standard.
LoadFast Systems – GraviLoad is a Scottish based company. It has a high level of internal engineering expertise and manufactures in quality assured facilities in Europe. Working with expert partners such as SSAB and Glasgow Caledonian University, LoadFast constantly pushes the boundaries of reducing dust and wear, and to provide the best products. Our technology can also be applied to land based systems such as silos and transfer points.
To find out more about LoadFast Systems and how they can help improve the handling of dry cargo internationally, please contact the team and we will respond rapidly to your enquiries.
+44 (0)7817 573 144