Material would enter the machine via conveyor belt and be dumped on the terrain.
Interesting... You mean like a pile conveyor?As a structure, that would be really cool. I would tend to think this works best as a very large loose materials stockpile, though the complication of changing texture to match its contents and changing mesh to match the size would be a problem.On the other hand piling up resource X on the ground and then excavating it back up for an accurate total value could also be difficult. I still like the idea, though.
If I may take a guess about the picture the OP had in mind when posting the suggestion: In large scale open pit mining (i.e. for coal) there's machines excavating the coal - usually bucket wheel excavators. During this process a good portion may be material different from coal. For that the same machine is deployed but instead of the bucket wheel at the end of the extender, there's just a conveyor sticking out dumping material. So the unwanted material is dumped on the go - back in the pit where the coal was before. It's not a fixed pile conveyor but a "mobile dumping platform".
I see this as being a very useful tool around mines. Make it across between a building/storage and a vehicle, in that it can be connected to a conveyor, or accept directly from trucks, but can also be moved to a new spot without loss of construction parts. Also, allow multiple materials to be accepted at once (ore, rock, dirt, for instance) to allow mixed piles.
This would be great for the challenge map when you make it to the top. Dumping from height 45 down to 2 would go way quicker if we could just pump stuff into local bins and watch it be whisked away by belt to get piled up.
this should be an upgraded or seperate version of the mine control tower. Perhaps call it a Stockpile Control Tower
with a bulldozer assigned to it to flatten dumped material!
Maybe a road making machine that rips up a layer and dumps a layer of specified material at the same time.It would store multiple things in it's storage and one could assign trucks to follow it to empty stuff.Or how about a strip mining machine at a high tier like maybe tier 4?
maybe some dumper that unloads belt into a small area, plus a bulldozer, a machine that cannot interact with trucks and storages, but can load material at mining designation spot and dump it into a green one within the same area?
I miss this feature too
I definitely want that one. Like a foundation with a stretch-out arm supporting loose conveyor belt extending out at height, say 10, dumping the material supplied by conveyor input at the spot to make a pile on the ground under the end of the arm. The arm above ground shall not restrict the passage of vehicles under it to allow mining the pile it creates (if used to make resource piles as open-air storage buffers), so only the foundation of the building (where input port is located) shall be following pathing and placement restrictions and collapse logic. So to make bigger buffer, it shall be possible to place that dumping tower uphill with retaining walls securing the foundation and arm extending out above the pit under it (so consider walls may be located under the arm and that shall not restrict placement).
Here is an example of existing coal dumper:
I'm thinking this would tie in nicely with the idea of a bucket wheel excavator. The idea being to transition from mining materials with vehicles (consuming precious diesel) to mining them by conveyor. Would have a conveyor coming off the bucket wheel excavator with whatever it's digging. Then split off the unwanted resources (dirt, rock, sand) and have them dumped into storages. Use a balancer so that if the storage is full, they get dumped onto piles.
I believe what you are talking about here is the incorporation of a "stacker-reclaimer". The way they work is that they have a boom which has a conveyer on top of it, to stack the product runs off the conveyor onto the ground, the reclaim you put the conveyor on reverse and use the bucket wheel excavator to pick up the stock. They are usually installed along a rail in a stacking yard (though you can get smaller mobile ones), which fixes the size of the pile it can make.https://global.kawasaki.com/en/corp/rd/magazine/176/pdf/n176en13.pdf
Is it a hopper and a "tailingrelease" that is wanted? the means to build conveyors are all ready there but the starting point is missing?
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