Machinex upgrades equipment at UK MRF

Norfolk Environmental Waste Services says it expects to increase processing capabilities by 25,000 metric tons per year.

April 11, 2014
RTGE Staff
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Norse Group, a U.K.-based holding company that operates a number of divisions, has selected Machinex Industries Inc., Plessisvillem Quebec, as the equipment vendor for the expansion of its material recovery facility (MRF), located in Norfolk, U.K. Norse says the new equipment will allow the company to sharply increase the processing capability of its Norfolk Environmental Waste Services (NEWS) MRF subsidiary.

The company presently has a system from CP Manufacturing. The new Machinex equipment will be added to NEWS’ existing equipment. Along with the equipment, the facility has reported it will expand the building from around 5,000 square meters to 8,000 square meters.

The recycling facility, located in Norfolk, U.K., is able to process around 15 metric tons per hour of single-stream collected recyclables. Following the installation of the equipment, the facility will be able to process 35 metric tons of recyclables. Additionally, the new equipment will allow the plant, which has been in operation for about 10 years, to add glass and rigid plastics to the material it can process. The company says it expects the installation of the equipment to be complete by Oct. 1, 2014.

Jonathan Menard, Machinex sales engineer, says, "The big challenge for us was to design a new, highly-automated and efficient system, amalgamating the existing equipment into the final design. NEWS requires continued operations throughout the installation and, as such, Machinex has incorporated significant levels of existing equipment within the facility by either modifying them (in their current position) or relocating them. The existing electrical controls will also be upgraded alongside the implementation of a new control system, thereby ensuring all machinery and health and safety systems are brought up to the highest standard. After a rigorous procurement process, Machinex is proud of being selected for this major and challenging upgrade which will allow us to demonstrate once again our capabilities in the U.K. market."

The new equipment will be installed in two phases. The MRF will be able to operate at increased throughput levels following the first phase of the installation, Machinex says. The company says the phased approach will reduce the operational downtime of the plant throughout the full installation, which is critical to NEWS’ ongoing commitment to processing materials for the Councils in Norfolk.

Dave Newell, operations director at NEWS, says, "We chose Machinex because of their expertise in MRF design and installation. They were able to demonstrate an ability to upgrade the MRF in multiple phases, thereby delivering immediate and longer-term operational benefits. This approach will also minimize downtime during installation.”

The facility presently handles 60,000 metric tons of recyclables. The addition of the new materials that the company can process, due to the new equipment, will likely increase the tonnage handled by the MRF to around 85,000 metric tons per year, Newell says.

“Machinex gave us all the confidence that they could do the job, and that’s why we chose them,” Newell adds.

The Machinex system includes a combination of the latest sorting technologies, which the company says will increase processing capacity and the recovery of a greater range of commodities at a similar or higher quality without increasing the number of sorters. It will segregate single-stream materials into the following fractions: cardboard, news and publications and magazines (PAMs), mixed paper, glass, metals containers, clear PET, natural HDPE, plastic bottles and mixed plastics.

The Machinex equipment to be used at the NEWS facility includes an OCC screen quadruple deck, which will discharge the fines and the glass on the two first decks while the corrugated cardboard will be screened on the two final decks. The glass fragments will be cleaned by a magnet, an eddy current and a Machinex glass cleanup system to ensure its high purity. Four Mach One news and pams separators along with three optical units, will be incorporated to the system and a Machinex ballistic separator will be added to help the existing system in segregating the fibers from the 3D (container) fraction.

Machinex says the overall plant layout and design offers various operational flexibilities, enabling NEWS to undertake maintenance on the main pieces of equipment while operating the rest of the plant, thus improving significantly the average availability rate of the system.