Material Handing Equipment Archive


Handing Retractable SpiralReduce product damage and improve product appearance with our Winchester Retractable Smooth-Flow Spiral Chute! This unique device was designed primarily to gently fill bulk totes, never dropping product more than a few inches as it retracts out of the tote, filling as it rises.

We start by positioning a tote and lowering the Smooth-Flo Chute into the tote. Product is then transferred from your conveyor onto our infeed chute which feeds the Smooth-Flo Chute. As the product starts to fill the tote, we raise the spiral out of the tote slowly, never dropping product more than a few inches. The Smooth-Flo Chute is controlled by a “product level sensor”, which detects the level of product in the tote. Therefore signaling the spiral to rise automatically.


Handing Spiral ChuteDecrease your broken product and improve your product appearance! Sound impossible? Not with A.C. Horn & Company’s Winchester Smooth-Flo Chute. The unique design of the patented Winchester Smooth-flow Chute has useful applications anywhere gentle product handling is required and space is limited. Originally developed to over-come problems inherent in standard commercial spiral chutes, its simple and sanitary design make it the “product of choice” in difficult environments, including the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Other spirals may look the same but under close examination there are significant differences. The Winchester Smooth-Flo Chute, manufactured exclusively by A.C. Horn & Co., has no cross seams or ridges to impede the flow of the product. The constant velocity design ensures that the product acceleration is controlled, virtually eliminating product degradation at decline and transfer. Our spirals are designed for first in first out product flow, ensuring a high quality appearance and maximum customer satisfaction.

Our Spiral Chutes are custom designed to your dimensional targets, unique product flow characteristics and/or special process requirements.