Northeast Ohio MRF Triples Capacity with Facility Upgrade

Northeast Ohio MRF Triples Capacity with Facility Upgrade

Lorain County Resource Recovery Complex has increased its recovery rate since the CP Group upgraded the plant in March.

August 6, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
Equipment & Products Municipal / IC&I

Phoenix-based Republic Services Inc. has tripled the recycling capacity at its Lorain County Resource Recovery Complex in Oberlin, Ohio, in the first 100 days of operation following a technology upgrade by The CP Group, San Diego, at the material recovery facility (MRF). The $15 million in technology and building upgrades will enable Republic Services to process as much as 150,000 tons of recyclables at the MRF each year, according to a news release issued by The CP Group.

In March 2013 The CP Group equipped the MRF with a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) control package designed to provide operators with seamless plant-wide optimization and data acquisition tools.

SCADA is a key component of the highly automated single-stream recycling system, which includes multiple screens, optical detection technology, air classification machinery and high production balers. The SCADA control package uses programmable logic controllers (PLCs) with touch panels that enable MRF operators to more efficiently evaluate and track recycling output, according to The CP Group. The MRF also includes a belt scale that measures the processing rate of presorted materials in real-time. It also provides operators with one pan-tilt-zoom camera and three stationary cameras for a 360-degree high-definition view of the entire sorting system.

“The Oberlin facility is an advanced sorting system using our latest technology in mechanical and optical units and it is also the first complete system on the CP Group iMRF (intelligent MRF) platform. The electrical control is seamless from the infeed conveyor to the baling stage and includes belt scale, WI-FI touch screen, cameras and complete SCADA software with an office interface system (OIS) station,” says Patrick Nicol, CP Group sales engineer.

The OIS tracks all event logs with a time stamp as well as production metrics, such as tons per hour, bale weights, residual percentages, system power requirements and power consumption. It also tracks uptime as well as downtime along with the reason for the downtime. The real-time data and system feedback enables operators to respond quickly to any events within the MRF, The CP Group says.

“The CP Group Lorain County SCADA/OIS software has been custom developed through collaboration between Advanced MRF and Republic Services for system optimization and data acquisition,” Nicol says. “This data makes it possible to achieve the important information necessary to make informed decisions and run a very successful operation. The CP Group is proud to be a pioneer in control optimization.”

The CP Group is a Siemens Automation Solutions Partner. Control package solutions were integrated by Advanced MRF, a division of The CP Group.  

The CP Group comprises CP Manufacturing, Krause Manufacturing, MSS, IPS Balers and Advanced MRF. Each division represents different expertise and strengths.