The handling of bulk materials is a critical part of your operations. Done improperly, there are countless hidden costs that can drive up operating expenses. Optimizing the material handling process through effective design is our specialty. At St. Lawrence, we utilize our 60 years of industry knowledge to provide the best solutions for your material handling systems.
St. Lawrence designs address the hidden costs of spillage, high wear, wasted manpower, lengthy downtime, burn permits and confined space requirements. Our designs lower costs through allowing quick and easy maintenance and increased productivity through maximizing equipment uptime.
The combination of the best tried and true design concepts with the highest quality abrasion resistant materials result in the lowest overall cost of ownership for our customers.
In today’s environment of “space age chute designs” that promise the world while delivering very little, St. Lawrence chooses to refine and perfect tried and true designs. Sometimes, “new and improved” ends up only as “new and expensive”.
Current design practice is to use over engineered, fancy looking designs that attempt to model the flow of your bulk materials. This methodology has one critical flaw: the design must be based on one single set of parameters for the material being modeled. Variations of your materials, ie. particle size, moisture content, density, velocity, shear stress or bulk modulus, can dramatically change the flow characteristics. Chutes that are designed for one single set of parameters will not function properly if or when any of those parameters change. In addition, many transfer points must be designed to handle materials with a variety of characteristics, especially if you are blending materials or are obtaining your materials from multiple sources.
At St. Lawrence, we consult with our customers and apply our engineering experience to identify needs, pinpoint objectives and provide the most appropriate solutions. We embrace a design philosophy that takes the best features of chute designs both past and present to provide our customers the optimum balance of features that meet their specific needs. Bulk materials have not changed over the years. What has changed, however, is the safety and environmental regulations and requirements with their associated labor costs. We provide solutions that work as well in the field as they do on a computer.
Our stringent design control process involves all stakeholders and is a valuable tool for optimized designs that are based on the unique needs of each customer and situation. Managed by our experienced engineering department, every project must adhere to our thorough design control processes.