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Cleveland Cascades to supply a vehicle loading system & 2 rail loading systems to Tula, Mexico

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Cleveland Cascades have entered the assembly phase for the production of three Free Fall Cone systems to load Pet Coke which are destined for Tula, Mexico.

These consist of a FFC1000 sized system and two larger FFC2000 systems capable of handling contracted rates of 300 tph and 600 tph respectively as per the clients requirements. The estimated annual material throughput is 1.6 m metric tons meaning the design of the systems must be robust in order to withstand the vast quantities of material delivered through them.

The extended length of the FFC1000 system which is to be utilised for open lorry loading is measured at 5.6 m from the interface point to the base of the skirted outlet. This allows the skirt to form a seal with the material as it is delivered into the lorry and prevents any dust evacuation to the surrounding environment. A fully retracted height of 2.5 m is achievable providing enough clearance for the lorry to leave the area post loading.

The larger FFC2000 systems to be utilised for loading rail wagons have an extended length of 6.05m, again measured from the interface point to the base of the skirted outlet. Due to being physically larger, the achievable retracted height of these systems stands at 3.0 m long but still provides clearance for the wagon to exit with no interference.

In order to combat the abrasive properties of the Pet Coke material which is stated to have particle sizing up to 100 mm, each system employs the use of fabricated hardox cones which are finished with a red oxide spray. The hard wearing hardox material will ensure that these critical components of the system have a long service life before requiring replacement.

With the material to be loaded being pet coke, a complex wiring and electrical specification had to be adhered to. The hazardous area classification for the chutes was specified as NEC Class II Div 1, Group F. With this in mind, all electrical components had to be sourced such that they are suitable for operation within the potentially explosive environment.

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