ASGCO® 3-DEM™ Analysis of Existing Bucket Reclaimer and of a New Bidirectional Design Bucket to Verify the New Design Will Achieve the Same Output as the Existing Design
The driving force behind this project was initiated out of a safety issue. The existing bucket design would require 3 to 4 operators to manually flip the buckets which would put the operators in a dangerous position as the buckets are very heavy and could cause an injury during the process of flipping the bucket to change direction. Therefore corrective actions resulting from an incident investigation were to redesign and re-engineer the bucket to enable the bucket wheel to change direction without flipping the buckets. Due to the split design of the new bucket the challenge was to ensure the same tonnage would flow thru the bucket without any restriction.