Equipment Report

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December 5, 2013
Recycling Today Staff

CMC Installs Steinert Equipment at Texas Site

Equipment company Steinert US, headquartered in Walton, Ky., has supplied and installed equipment at Commercial Metals Co.’s (CMC’s) facility in Seguin, Texas. Steinert provides separation equipment for the recycling industry.

CMC, based in Irving, Texas, operates some 200 locations in four major business divisions, including recycling, steelmaking and fabrication.

The system at the Seguin plant combines multimetering, stage-sizing, magnetic, eddy current, sensor and shape sorting technology to create what Steinert refers to as the all-Steinert total material recovery facility (MRF).

“The Seguin plant is a testament to Steinert’s unique blend of technology and reliability as well as our ability to provide flexible equipment that can easily adapt to changing market conditions and evolving recovery specifications,” says Jason Looman, president of Steinert.

The Seguin facility also was outfitted with diagnostic, control and communication technologies designed to allow total control of recovery and system efficiency by plant supervisors and support teams at Steinert and San Antonio-based Metso TS, the shredder supplier.

John Guerry, Metso Recycling TS vice president, says, “Process knowledge is as important to our customers as separation technology, and we are happy that CMC awarded Metso and Steinert such an important project. The combination of Metso process capability and Steinert technology is hard to beat. When you add the support we both bring to the table, it is easy to see why the project was so successful.”


RRT Receives Contract for Minnesota MRF

RRT Design & Construction, a design, engineering, construction and consulting firm based in Melville, N.Y., has broken ground on a mixed-waste material recovery facility (MRF) in Perham, Minn. According to RRT, the 40-tons-per-hour preprocessing system will process mixed waste and recover ferrous and nonferrous metals, fiber, noncombustible materials, glass and fines prior to the remaining waste being converted to energy at the facility.

The owner of the facility, the Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority, chose RRT to design the project following a competitive bidding process. The expansion project is part of the authority’s plan to increase throughput, recover recyclables and improve the facility’s efficiency and energy output.

The company says the new MRF will improve the characteristics of the incoming solid waste by removing noncombustibles and undesirable waste before burning it in the plant’s combustors, reducing the overall costs of the waste-to-energy plant and increasing the capacity of the facility. Additionally, the MRF has been designed to recover recyclables from the incoming MSW (municipal solid waste), which reduces the amount of ash sent to the landfill and also generates revenue from the sale of recyclables.

When completed, the waste processing capacity of the facility will increase from 116 tons per day to 220 tons per day.

RRT’s scope of service includes the engineering, design, equipment supply, mechanical installation, field wiring, startup, commissioning and acceptance testing for the processing system. The system includes heavy-duty apron feed conveyors, sort platforms, an 8-foot diameter rotary trommel, two overhead belt magnets, an eddy current separator, belt conveyors, two balers, a fines removal and cleanup system, a stationary compactor, access platforms and support steel. RRT also is providing an electrical control system, including motor starters, variable speed drives and dual touch screens for system control and monitoring.

Nathiel Egosi, president of RRT, says, “This system will be another successful example of RRT’s unique abilities and expertise to integrate waste preprocessing for materials recovery and feedstock preparation with various downstream technologies including those for energy recovery, composting, biofuel production and other conversion approaches.”


New Ulm Steel & Recycling Uses Eriez Electro Agitating Scrap Drums

New Ulm Steel & Recycling of New Ulm, Minn., serves the southern Minnesota region as a buyer and processor of scrap metal and seller of new steel. To better serve its growing customer base looking to purchase virtually clean recovered metal, the company recently made a major investment in a shredder and downstream recycling equipment.

In addition to a 72-inch-by-104-inch auto shredder and other recycling equipment, New Ulm installed two 60-inch-by-72-inch Eriez electro agitating (E/A) scrap drum magnets. The drums are designed to work in tandem to recover ferrous scrap metal before the nonferrous metal heads to other downstream equipment. The E/A scrap drums are positioned off the conveyor fed from the 4,000-horsepower auto shredder.

New Ulm management reports that after fine-tuning the drums, the company is down to 0.5 percent loss in ferrous, helping to improve its profitability through increased recovery.


Environmental Solutions Opens Arizona Plant

Environmental Solutions Group (ESG), headquartered in Chattanooga, Tenn., has opened a new manufacturing facility in Phoenix. The company says the expansion was needed to address the demand for its products in the western United States.

Bob McMackins, vice president of manufacturing for ESG, says, “Our manufacturing operations have been primarily located in the Southeast. Having a large-scale manufacturing option in the western part of the U.S. makes perfect sense for our customers. We can now manufacture our products much closer to their point of use, reducing freight charges for our customers.”

ESG reports that the Phoenix facility will initially manufacture the company’s Marathon brand of compactors and balers used in solid waste and recycling applications as well as anaerobic digestion systems produced in partnership with Zero Waste Energy of Lafayette, Calif. The company will move its production operations from its plant in Yerington, Nev., to the Arizona location.

“Our new Phoenix plant is well-positioned to help us meet the increased West Coast demand for our products efficiently and cost effectively,” says Pat Carroll, ESG president. “We are excited about the trust which customers place in our brands and about our expanded capacity for meeting their needs.”

In addition to Marathon, ESG, a part of Dover Corp., manufactures products under company names Heil Environmental, Bayne Premium Lift Systems and The Curotto-Can Co.