The Helix Dumper is a versatile wagon and unloading system optimised for fine-grained and potentially sticky heavy bulk materials. The system has an unparalleled discharge rate of up to 25,000 tonnes per hour.
The Helix Dumper is a versatile system that is suitable for rock, pellets and concentrate. The rounded shape of the body,creates optimal conditions for efficient discharge of even the most tough-flowing and sticky concentrate material that are unsuitable for bottom discharge.
Currently, there is no technology that can match the productivity of the Helix Dumper when it comes to unloading heavy fine-grained bulk goods at a high discharge rate. In comparison, bottom dump systems operate at a fast rate but can’t handle sticky materials, and rotary car dumpers are slow and expensive compared to the rolling discharge solution of the Helix Dumper.
The Helix Dumper system and its components is tested and proven in a demanding subarctic climate in the Arctic region of Scandinavia.
Award winning, simple and effective design
The principle behind the award-winning unloading technology is simple but ingenious: When the Helix Dumper enters the unloading area, a wheel at the top of the wagon makes contact with the spiral-shaped rigid guide that constitutes the unloading station. As the wheel travels along the path of the guide, the chassis remains on the rails while the body of the wagon is rotated 148 degrees to dump its load.
Kiruna Wagon’s Helix Dumper offers a completely new technology for the unloading of fine-grained minerals and as awarded the Swedish Steel Prize 2017. Read more about the award here.
Low-cost unloading station: No moving parts – no electricity
The Helix Dumper’s discharge process is powered by the locomotive’s forward motion – the unloading station has no moving or motorised parts and requires no additional power supply. Kiruna Wagon delivers both the wagons and the unloading system, which is a robust and low-cost solution that requires minimal maintenance.
If the future brings increases in production, the system can easily be scaled up with one or more additional unloading station. Thanks to its limited construction depth and lack of electric motors, the Helix Dumper unloading station requires a smaller initial investment than, for example, rotary car dumpers.