Over the past year, a variety of innovations have been launched by equipment companies serving the recycling industry. These new products, systems or equipment span the industry in terms of the commodity or processes involved.
Here, we’ve provided a rundown of a few of the more recent product introductions that we’ve become aware of in the past several months. These products run the gamut in terms of recycling, pertaining to everything from sorting to baling to auto shredding to material handling and more.
As always, we encourage manufacturers to keep us in the loop on any other product launches we haven’t mentioned here. That information can be sent to Lisa McKenna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTR Baler Bioloc 3000 Fingerprint Verification
PTR Baler & Compactor, Philadelphia, has introduced the Bio-loc 3000, a biometric tool designed to restrict compactor or baler operation to authorized users.
According to PTR, the Bioloc 3000 “is an intelligent compliance tool that reduces loss associated with shrinkage and potential OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) violations.” It can be installed on new or existing machines and is fully integrated, meaning no additional external power is needed.
The Bioloc 3000 eliminates the need for keyed operation, PTR says. Up to 10 administrators and 2,000 users can be programmed. Fingerprint files can be copied from one unit to another when replaced, eliminating the need to re-enroll users.
The company says the tool helps in enforcing corporate policies by not permitting operation of compactors and balers by unauthorized users and minors, helping companies avoid OSHA fines for lapses in training and procedures.
Options include a safety alarm, compactor door lock, baler gate lock, adjustable timer, outdoor package, cold weather package and auditing solutions. Visit http://ptrco.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/bioloc.jpg for more information.
US Shredder Automatic ASR Loading System
U.S. Shredder and Castings Group, an equipment company headquartered in Trussville, Ala., has designed an Automatic ASR (Auto Shredder Residue) Loading System (AFL-4) for downstream systems.
Because the design uses a heavy duty gantry, conveyors and sensors, the AFL can automatically load ASR in four 20-foot open top containers or two 40-foot trucks after being processed through a shredder downstream system, the company says.
According to U.S. Shredder, the AFL-4 can eliminate the use of a front-end loader to load containers and trucks. The system also helps eliminate the dust and dirt in the air that arises from the double handling of ASR. With the AFL-4 system users can achieve both goals, U.S. Shredder says.
U.S. Shredder says that with the use of the AFL-4 systems, users can achieve a cleaner shredder environment and reduce operating costs. The company adds that reducing the need for a front-end loader and driver also can accelerate a user’s return on investment.
U.S. Shredder and Castings Group offers scrap shredders, control systems, downstream systems, nonferrous recovery, air systems, scrap shears, balers, and loggers; as well as shredder castings, service, engineering and consulting to the worldwide scrap industry. To witness a YouTube video of the system, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=yci-MfCxohQ&feature=youtu.be. And, visit www.usshredder.com for more information.
Anvil Attachments New Diesel Hydraulic Scrap Grapple
Anvil Attachments, Slaughter, La., has debuted its latest product offering, a completely self-contained, diesel-powered hydraulic scrap grapple.
More than a year in design and development, Anvil’s new grapple, model DHSG, is intended for material handling from ships and barges where hydraulics or electricity are not options. The diesel hydraulic scrap grapple attaches to any crane that can support the weight, Anvil says. It is suited for handling a wide range of products including scrap, stone blocks, rip-rap and pig iron.
The company says it developed the diesel hydraulic scrap grapple to fill a need of bulk material handlers who needed a completely self-contained grapple where standard hydraulic or electro-hydraulic grapples would not fit.
“Our goal was to get the design right the first time. That is why we spent over a year on design and development,” says Jon Craft, president of Anvil Attachments. “Our engineers used our Finite Element Analysis software to its full capabilities. This way we ensure that this grapple provides maximum strength and payload for the weight. Based on our initial field test and customer feedback, we got it right. Our first unit sold was immediately thrown into the fire, moving foot-long pieces of pig iron, one of the toughest types of materials to handle, and our diesel grapple has worked with barely a glitch.”
Anvil’s diesel hydraulic scrap grapple can be configured with either a turbo-charged air-cooled diesel engine or water-cooled diesel engine, depending on the user’s environment. These engines range up to 150 horsepower. The grapple has several engine access panels for easy access and maintenance.
The grapple tines are completely configurable to user and material handling preference with five-tine options from small-blade, to lower enclosed, up to full enclosed. The tines are modular and crafted using high strength alloy steel for maximum wear resistance, and every tine is powered with a 5-inch cylinder, Anvil says. These custom designed cylinders also feature inertia welded rod eyes for maximum strength, the company says.
The grapple has an easy pin adapter that will connect to virtually any crane, according to Anvil. Once connected to the crane, the grapple engine is started and opening and closing is controlled through a simple remote control unit that works up to 500 feet away. Anvil is currently developing a smart phone app that will allow the monitoring of all vital engine statistics.
The company says its new grapple experiences no overheating issues and burns two-thirds less fuel than competitive grapples. Other features include throttle control and a 50-gallon fuel tank with low level shutdown.
The company reports that it currently has a diesel-powered clamshell bucket in production that will use many of the same concepts and parts as the grapple. Visit www.anvilattachments.com for more information.
Steinert Australia UniSort PR with Hyper Spectral Imaging Technology
The UniSort PR line of sorting machines, developed by RTT Steinert of Victoria, Australia, use a range of detection and separation technologies to automatically sort material at different points along the recovery and recycling path. The company says its new UniSort PR machines can allow recycling facilities to increase both their throughput and the purity of their recovered materials, which results in the creation of higher-value recyclables.
For example, installed as the first pass system at a materials recovery facility, the UniSort PR sorts large items such as whole soft drink bottles and achieves a high level of purity, the company says.
Steinert says its new UniSort PR machine fits with a new generation of near infrared (NIR) sorting equipment that aims to replace scanning systems. The system is designed to be powerful, user friendly, compact and flexible in application.
The new generation of UniSort equipment is based on Hyper Spectral Imaging (HSI), the company says, offering the advantages of both high spatial and spectral resolution. As a result, small objects can be reliably recognized. According to Steinert, complex sorting tasks are possible because the system records the complete spectral region for every spatial point and utilizes mature, fast spectrometric algorithms, making the equipment extremely versatile.
In addition to special routines for image processing, a range of nozzle powers are available, enabling optimal matching to the material to be sorted. From the operator’s point of view, the new generation units appear compact with clear and easy operation via a touchscreen, Steinert says. The compact units contain the sensor technology along with the power supply, control and operator modules. Nozzle bars, belt monitoring and other connections such as an Ethernet port for a master control and remote maintenance are available as connector sockets. Visit www.steinert.com.au for more information.
Eldan Multi-Purpose Rasper
Eldan Recycling A/S, Faaborg, Denmark, is launching a new generation of the Eldan Multi-Purpose Rasper, the MPR200 HD. This upgraded version is based on Eldan’s Heavy Rasper, but with new features allowing more than double inertia in the flywheels, increased capacity and lowered down time for maintenance, the company says.
The current Multi-Purpose Rasper is designed as an efficient, medium speed, dual drive recycling machine ensuring individual size reduction of pieces of electronic scrap (WEEE), tires, cables etc. down to a size of less than ½ inch (12 millimeters).
The MPR200 HD was to be presented at the ISRI Convention and Exposition, set for April 9-13 in Orlando, Fla. (Booth Number 1023).
“Regarding the fact that the Eldan Rasper is one of the most popular secondary processors in the world, it was a natural step to invest in improvements of its features,” says Dr. Toni Reftman, managing director at Eldan Recycling.
Among the new features, the machine is equipped with 295-horsepower (220 kW) main drive power and more than double inertia in the two belt/flywheels. The speed is increased to 144 rpm which increases capacity by up to 20 percent, Eldan says.
The machine also features a newly designed protection cover that is capable of protecting the bearing from steel and dirt. The screen system now also consists of three screen segments, and each segment can be easily turned. The result is up to double the throughput compared to the predecessor model. Visit www.eldanrecycling.com for more information.
Erema Vacurema Prime
Erema, based in Ansfelden, Austria, has launched a new “three-in-one” concept for its Vacurema® Prime technology for processing post-consumer PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottle flakes and in-house PET scrap.
The compact and space-saving solution offers three different processing modes, enabling users to produce recycled PET (rPET) in different physical forms depending on market requirements. Users can choose between three operating modes: Mode 1 offers production of 100 percent rPET pellets, Mode 2 provides production of 100 percent rPET flakes, and Mode 3 provides simultaneous production of rPET flakes and rPET pellets. With this new concept, both decontaminated, pre-dried and crystallized rPET flakes and high-quality, melt-filtered rPET pellets can be produced, Erema says. Both products are suitable for direct food contact and surpass all minimum requirements in terms of purity and quality, according to Erema. The system features company’s environmentally friendly ecoSAVE® design features to reduce energy consumption by up to 10 percent, according to Erema. Visit www.erema.at for more information.
Available from VaporLok Products LLC, based in Mankato, Minn., is VaporLokCapture packaging for the collection of spent fluorescent lamps, CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) and other mercury-containing products. The patent-pending, new VaporLokCapture™ technology is designed to adsorb and capture the mercury vapor.
The design consists of three layers: an outer cardboard layer providing structure and to protect contents from outside elements; a foil bag located inside the box features a suitable foil material and tight seal that contains the mercury vapor; and an inner cardboard box with an adsorptive liner pad to prevent broken glass from puncturing the bag and to adsorb mercury vapor from broken bulbs. According to VaporLok, VaporLokCapture™ adsorbs mercury vapor, achieving more than 95 percent mercury vapor reduction within the container. With this design, approximately 60 percent vapor reduction is achieved in as little as 15 minutes after lamp breakage, the company says. A partially filled package may be opened to insert more lamps, according to VaporLok.
The patent-pending adsorbent is manufactured with powdered activated carbon and inert chemicals. When lamps or CFLs break within the box, the adsorbent begins to capture the mercury vapor.
The company says custom packages can also be manufactured to meet handlers’ specifications featuring multiple enclosure options, bag designs and foil barrier materials. Visit http://vaporlokproducts.com for more information.
Rice Lake TradeRoute Onboard Scale
Rice Lake Weighing Systems, Rice Lake, Wis., has launched a new legal-for-trade onboard scale for the trucking and transportation industries. The TradeRoute Onboard Scale allows drivers to bypass local truck scales and conduct business directly to and from their payload.
TradeRoute operates from a parked position using hydraulics to engage the scale. Load cells support the vehicle’s load only during the weigh cycle, eliminating the potential for premature load-cell wear from constant engagement, the company says.
TradeRoute is designed to be installed around the frame of many common straight-truck designs using a combination of frame-hugging weigh modules, a stainless steel junction box and a weatherproof control center that houses Rice Lake’s 920i® Indicator/Controller and Epson TM-U295 Ticket Printer. The 920i software adds power and flexibility to each TradeRoute system, which can be customized for each customer, the company notes.
“The potential cost savings are huge,” says Rice Lake product manager Chris Senneff. “Carriers can save an enormous amount of time and vehicle wear by not taking constant trips to a certified scale, and multiply that savings across their fleet. They get detailed numbers from each stop and are able to store and transmit those numbers back to their office electronically. Not having to hand write tickets or transpose information is removing a big chance of error and saving a lot of time too.”
Other benefits include keeping weights below capacity and avoiding overload fines. Visit www.ricelake.com/traderoute for more information.