Clark engineers

Slitter Chute


A client who manufactures steel pipe had a piece of equipment that chops up the scrap steel ribbon from a steel slitter into small chunks that can be easily conveyed away. This equipment had a chute that would guide and pull the steel ribbon into the chopper blades. When the timing was off on the motors that pulled the ribbon, it would ball up causing loss of production. Clark Engineers was engaged to design a motorless system that could direct the ribbon to the chopper without corners or edges where the ribbon could catch and bind. The new chute was designed to guide the ribbon. A quick release system was added to remove the top half of the chute for easy access, in case the steel would bind, to minimize loss of production. The final conceptual design was then analyzed to verify it could withstand the large dynamic loads from the scrap steel.