How to minimise damage & wear to skirts, chutes & hoppers

Skirt design… Not the type you wear but the type that keeps material on conveyors and stops you having to use a shovel to clean up.

There are a lot of different designs and options on the market and lots of different theory’s. Craig Pedley discusses that if you keep to some pretty simple principles in design, then you have a good chance to get it right first time.

| Keep the material off the skirts and let them do their job

At Striker, we keep this in mind when designing hoppers, chutes and skirt systems. Track machines are one of the hardest to keep material away from the skirts. Tight space constraints mean that you sometimes have to break all the rules in best practice design and compromise the design.

| Skirt placement in theory should be approximately 2/3 of the belt width.

But, in track crushers and screens design, this is rarely achieved. However, the damage and wear to skirts, chutes and hoppers design can be minimised through design to keep the material flow away from skirts by utilising rock ledges and dead pockets to train material where you want it on a conveyor belt. Talk to our team about the Striker design principles.