Hoppers and chutes collect, direct, and re-direct material in several industries, including mining, cement, steel, and agriculture. Due to the conditions they are operating in, hoppers and chutes experience varying levels of wear, with some areas deteriorating very quickly, while others experience no wear.
Maintenance is, therefore, crucial to ensure optimum operating conditions to prevent damage to the structural parts of the equipment and possible choking of the system. Replacement of worn liners is a time-consuming process and takes place in areas with limited access and at heights. The frequent maintenance cycles associated with hoppers and chutes is known to create increased risk to people and equipment.