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Columbia Industries Horizon tipper
Columbia Industries, Hillsboro, Oregon, recently has released its next-generation Horizon 50/65 T tipper. Originally introduced to the solid waste and recycling industries in the 1960s, the company says tippers have found market acceptance throughout the world. The Horizon 50/65 T has:
- automated leveling and digital joystick controls
- expandable electronic monitoring
- a new spill-through chute
- a single platform design that will accommodate 50-ton or 65-ton loads
Visit www.columbiacorp.com for more information.
Cat wheeled material handlers
Caterpillar, Peoria, Illinois, says its new range of wheeled material handlers, the MH3022, MH3024
- a narrower undercarriage if low-density materials are being handled
- shorter front linkages if the machine frequently works in confined spaces, such as performing sorting and material handling indoors
- one of two drop-nose sticks for the MH3022 and MH3026 with lengths of 14.75 feet and 18.1 feet
- a front push blade for all undercarriage types across the three models
Visit www.cat.com for more information.
CieTrade cieDispatch mobile app
Stamford, Connecticut-based cieTrade Systems Inc., a global provider of business software for trading and recycling companies, has launched cieDispatch, a mobile app for truck drivers to manage dispatch jobs. The cieDispatch:
- can instantly retrieve a list of assigned tickets, get directions to service locations, update job statuses, record notes
- updates information from the driver instantly
- alerts the back office when a load is completed or if it is canceled, along with the reason
why,making it easier to process claims and to issue invoices
- displays primary contact information and site-specific instructions
Visit http://info.cietrade.net for more information.
Mavrix Welding Automation dual-torch hard-surfacing system
Mavrix Welding Automation Inc., based in New Berlin, Wisconsin, has redesigned its dual-torch shredder disc rebuild system. Features include:
- a dual-torch system that can apply 50 pounds of weld metal per hour, significantly shortening downtime, the frequency of maintenance events and the cost per ton of scrap, according to Mavrix
- two weld carriages that support the weld arm and adjustable open arc torches, wire feeders and 60-pound coils of wire
- a carriage design that allows the main beam and legs to be installed first and the carriages second, significantly reducing the weight of the system and making installation easier
Visit www.mavrixweld.com for more information.
Pennsylvania MRF taps BHS to upgrade system
Penn Waste, York, Pennsylvania, has added new optical sorting and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to its single-stream material recovery facility (MRF). Provided by Eugene, Oregon-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), the upgrade is designed to boost the facility’s capacity by almost 30 percent from 35 to 45 tons per hour (tph). This comes on the heels of Penn Waste’s addition of an SDS 800i drum separator from Nihot, Amsterdam, in early 2017 to increase the company’s capacity to purify glass.
The $3.5 million investment includes three new optical sorters from NRT, Nashville, Tennessee, and a Max-AI Autonomous Quality Control (AQC) unit. The Max-AI AQC employs a neural network-based AI designed to identify materials in a manner similar to that of a person. Rather than using deterministic sensors, Max relies on its vision system and probabilistic decision-making to provide robotic quality control for the plant’s polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers, according to BHS.
A new NRT SpydIR optical sorter removes small cardboard boxes from the container line. The plant’s high-density polyethylene (HDPE) sorter was replaced by a new, larger NRT SpydIR, which is followed by a new NRT ColorPlus that sorts the HDPE by color. A new eddy current separator increases used beverage container (UBC) recovery. At the end of the line, the SpydIR that had previously recovered HDPE was combined with an integrated MetalDirector designed to boost the plant capture rate by recovering the last few plastic and metal containers that were missed by the main sorting process.
The addition of the new technology also has significantly reduced the plant’s head count, the company says.
“While others are slowly adapting to the new reality, our system is running more material than ever,” Tim Horkay, Penn Waste director of recycling operations, says. “This upgrade was accomplished in just nine days, and, thanks to our partnership with BHS, we did not have to divert even a single load of material. The new container logic allows us to react to our new container-rich waste stream and capture more materials at higher levels of quality with fewer sorters. Commercial recycling isn’t easy right now, but thanks to this system and its upgrades, we are out in front and in a position to take on more material.”
“This investment in new technology is a testament to the ownership and management of Penn Waste and their commitment to their customers and employees,” Steve Miller, BHS CEO, says. “Completing a project like this in such a short time frame was a challenge we did not take lightly, and our teams really stepped up and delivered. BHS is honored to have this ongoing and very successful partnership with such an excellent company.”
A video interview with Penn Waste’s Horkay includes footage of the upgraded system in action and is available at https://youtu.be/1sEYeWxYz-o.
Machinex wins Montreal MRF contract
The Executive Committee of Ville de Montreal has granted a contract to La Compagnie de Recyclage de Papiers M D Inc., Châteauguay, Quebec. This contract allows for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a new recycling plant in Lachine, a borough of Montreal. La Compagnie de Recyclage de Papiers M D has selected Machinex, Plessisville, Quebec, to provide the new system, projected to be fully operational in fall 2019.
This system will be capable of processing more than 75,000 metric tons per year of single-stream recyclables from Montreal’s curbside collection. With its 35-metric-ton-per-hour capacity, the material recovery facility (MRF) will include Machinex’s technologies, including three optical sorters for fibers and four optical sorters for plastic containers.
A bag extractor system developed by Machinex also will be installed, as will two eddy current separators and two single-ram balers.
This system will not have rubber disc screens but rather a cardboard separator (with metal discs) and three Mach Ballistic separators.
Éco Entreprise Québec (ÉEQ), Quebec, will donate a glass sorting and cleaning system for the MRF. The equipment is being provided by Machinex and U.K.-based Krysteline Technologies.
‘‘We are very proud to be part of this large-scale project so close [to] our location. We designed a system that will meet the immediate and future needs of Montreal, thus helping its recycling objectives,’’ says Sébastien Roy, project director at Machinex.
Gilbert Durocher, president of La Compagnie de Recyclage de Papiers M D, says, ‘‘When we decided to submit a bid on this project, our choice was immediately directed towards Machinex since they are a long-term trusted partner. We knew they would be able to deliver a performing MRF with the most advanced technologies and that we can count on quick and professional service.”
Machinex develops sorting, waste management and recycling technology and has designed and installed more than 350 turnkey facilities. Visit www.machinexrecycling.com for additional information on the company.
Capital investments seen rising in 2018
The Washington-based Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation has released a forecast predicting business investment in equipment and software will expand 9.1 percent in the United States in 2018.
The foundation’s “2018 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook” report, which can be found online at www.leasefoundation.org/industry-resources/u-s-economic-outlook, indicates the 9.1 percent projection is well-above the estimated 5.2 percent growth rate experienced in 2017.
While a few headwinds persist, they should be outweighed by an encouraging business investment climate, according to the foundation. Credit market conditions are mostly healthy as credit supply remains steady and financial stress is at historic lows.
The report, which is focused on the $1 trillion equipment leasing and finance industry, highlights key trends in equipment investment and places them in the context of the broader U.S. economic climate.
“This forecast for higher-than-expected growth in capital equipment investment is indeed good news,” says Ralph Petta, president of the foundation and president and CEO of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. “Business conditions appear favorable heading into the new year, with Washington poised to enact lower corporate tax rates and the economy continuing to grow slowly and steadily. Equipment finance organizations we talk to are bullish about 2018 growth projections for the industry.”
The “Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook” report is produced in partnership with Washington-based economics and public policy consulting firm Keybridge Research.
Leck Waste Services adds 3rd Eye vehicle data suite
Ivyland, Pennsylvania-based Leck Waste Services, a waste hauler serving commercial customers throughout Pennsylvania’s Bucks County, Montgomery County and southern Lehigh County as well as northeast Philadelphia, has added a 3rd Eye vehicle data suite to its operations. Katy, Texas-based 3rd Eye’s Enhance Vehicle Behavioral Analytics (VBA) is designed to provide vehicle-based data collection and reporting solutions.
3rd Eye says it has developed technology that digitally interprets chassis and body system inputs and communicates this information in real time through 3rd Eye’s Hurricane Gateway. In addition, 3rd Eye camera data can be transmitted through the gateway, allowing Leck to view and report on situational inputs immediately.
“I believe that moving forward, our fleet would be utilizing Enhance VBA because it is a necessity more than a luxury,” says Jason Leck, vice president, Leck Waste. “Enhance gives us the ability to have an in-depth look of our fleet and allows us to be more profitable against a competitor in a marketplace where there are very little margins.”
Founded in 1971, Leck Waste Services operates more than 35 commercial vehicles ranging from rear loaders and front loaders to roll-offs. The company also offers compactor, baler, shredding and portable toilet service.
Downers Grove, Illinois-based Dover’s 3rd Eye, www.3rdeyecam.com, was formed in 2001. It provides real-time vehicle function/route performance analytics and uses camera systems to capture and document in-cab and external events to improve the safety, reliability and profitability of collection fleet operations.
Feb. 19-21Plastics Recycling 2018, Nashville, Tennessee, Resource Recycling, www.plasticsrecycling.com
Feb. 28 – March 2
Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin, SWANA Badger Chapter and Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Management Association, www.wirmc.org
31st Southeast Recycling Conference & Trade Show, Orlando, Florida, Southern Waste Information eXchange Inc., www.southeastrecycling.com
SWANApalooza 2018, Denver, Solid Waste Association of North America, https://swana.org/events/SWANApalooza.aspx
Seventh BMR International Conference, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Bureau of Middle East Recycling, www.bmr.ae
Paper2018, New York, American Forest & Paper Association and the National Paper Trade Association, http://paper2018.com
Sustainability in Packaging US 2018, Chicago, Smithers Pira, www.sustpack.com
18th International Automobile Recycling Congress (IARC) 2018, Vienna, ICM AG, www.icm.ch/iarc-2018
CRA’s 28th Annual Conference and Trade Show, Cherokee, North Carolina, Carolina Recycling Association, www.cra-recycle.org/2018conf
NAID Annual Conference & Expo, Nashville, Tennessee, National Association for Information Destruction, www.naidconf.org
ISRI2018 Convention & Exposition, Las Vegas, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc., www.isriconvention.org
WasteExpo 2018, Las Vegas, Waste 360, www.wasteexpo.com
NPE2018: The Plastics Show, Orlando, Florida, The Plastics Industry Association, www.npe.org
IFAT 2018, Munich, Messe München GmbH, www.ifat.de/en
Environmental Show of the South, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, www.tn.gov/environment/article/sw-environmental-show-of-the-south
Strive for Sustainability Solid Waste & Recycling Conference with Trade Show, Bolton Landing, New York, New York Federation of Solid Waste Associations, http://conference.nyfederation.org
37th Annual NRRA Conference & Exposition, Manchester, New Hampshire, Northeast Resource Recovery Association, www.nrra.net/conference/2018-nrra-annual-conference-expo
The mood of the recycling industry can be measured in many ways. ISRI2018, the annual convention hosted by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, is one place where recycling professionals can assess the market, view new products and technologies, network and get a good indication of where the industry stands.
ISRI says the event is the world’s largest annual gathering of scrap recycling professionals. Scheduled for April 14-19 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, this is ISRI’s seventh convention at this venue in the past 12 years, says Chuck Carr, ISRI vice president of
“There is no better place to gauge the mood of the industry year over year than at an ISRI convention,” Carr says. “ISRI2018 is going to be our largest show in many years as business is stronger and world issues [are] ever-more important to local, regional and international trade.”
Getting a global perspective
With the changing import policy in China, international trade will be a hot topic at this year’s event. Carr says ISRI always intends to present information on the latest world issues, and this year will be no different, with the exception of who will be delivering the messages.
Other topics to be discussed are human resources compliance, business valuation
Keynote speaker Carlos Gutierrez is well-versed in
Regarding Gutierrez, Carr says, “His speech will kick off workshop sessions that will discuss the nature of China’s new policies and give the absolute latest news available to attendees.”
He adds, “We also expect a substantial delegation from Chinese industry who will be on hand to give their perspective as well.”
Nearly 4,300 recycling professionals from more than 50 countries attended ISRI2017 in New Orleans, Carr says. For this year’s event, he anticipates the convention will continue to attract attendees from around the world, adding that the event has become the “primary, must-attend show in the business across the globe.”
He notes that simultaneous translation services will be made available for all general session programs and for a portion of other workshop programs. Additionally, language assistants will be on hand at the registration desks.
“Whether you operate a small facility that typically trades with local mills or an international conglomerate operating in many countries, our industry is global and is impacted by the global economy and events,” Carr says. “ISRI gives folks the opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world and gain knowledge that can help their businesses strive.”
He continues, “With the constantly changing state of trade and the economy, attendance in 2018 is as important as ever.”
Putting heads together
Meeting colleagues, networking and making business deals in person are standard practices at large events like ISRI2018. One place for attendees to meet
Workshop sessions and spotlight programs are planned for specific commodities and materials, including metals, paper, plastics, electronics and tires
“The ISRI convention provides the best networking opportunities, the best recycling-related trade show and the most comprehensive education programs available to the industry worldwide,” Carr says.
In addition to these opportunities to talk with other industry professionals, ISRI hosts its governance meetings—board and committee meetings—prior to the convention’s start. Beginning Saturday, April 14, and running right before the opening reception April 16, Carr says all ISRI members interested in making ISRI policy or drafting ISRI specifications are welcome to attend these meetings.
He explains, “These meetings, which are held quarterly, are where ISRI members set policy and budgets for the association. All ISRI members are invited to participate.”
Adding more young people
While attendees can expect to see many familiar faces throughout the show, Carr says there will be a noticeable difference in 2018: more young professional participants. ISRI has been working on growing its young
(The ISRI Northern Ohio Chapter held a first-of-its-kind Best Young and Brightest [BYAB] event in Cleveland, July 26-27, 2017, with 45 young professionals under the age of 40 from scrap recycling companies located across the U.S. and Canada gathering for a day and a half of networking, team building and learning. The
On the other end of the spectrum, ISRI2018 also is welcoming the association’s newest group, the Century Club, which is made up of anyone whose combined age and years in the recycling business equal 100 years or greater, Carr says.
Reservations in the ISRI room block at Mandalay Bay, The Delano Las Vegas and Luxor are open. The ISRI rate for these hotels is available only through the association’s convention website, www.isri2018.org/schedule, as are additional details on registration and the event schedule.
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