Equipment Report

Manufacturer news and equipment installations

June 27, 2013
RTGE Staff

Tomra Sorting Lands Multiple Contracts in UK
Norway-based Tomra Sorting Solutions, a company providing sensor sorting equipment to companies in the recycling and construction and demolition industries, has announced the signing of several new contracts in the United Kingdom.

According to Tomra, the company was recently selected to provide technology for six commercial and industrial (C&I) material recovery facilities (MRFs) in the U.K., which are set to process a combined total of more than 500,000 tonnes of C&I waste over the next 12 months.

Tomra Sorting notes that its Titech technology, which will be installed at the different locations, uses a range of detection techniques to achieve the best results, including near-infrared (NIR), X-ray transmission (XRT), visual spectrometers (VIS), color line cameras and metal sensors. Tomra says its bespoke technology also enables maximum value to be extracted from the C&I waste stream, diverting it from landfill and increasing the recovery of materials—including plastics, paper, cardboard and film—for resale.

Tomra Sorting says its latest automated technology can help plants recover 70% to 80% of incoming material at purity rates of 95%. Given the rising costs of producing refuse-derived fuel (RDF), the high recovery achieved ensures residue is kept to a minimum.

Each MRF has unique requirements and is targeting different fractions. To ensure the right solutions are in place, Tomra Sorting says its representatives work closely with customers and their plant builders at early planning stages for the MRFs. The typical payback period for a fully automated C&I MRF is 12 months or less, the company says. Other benefits of using sensor-based sorting for this type of waste stream include the elimination of manual picking apart from quality control; higher throughputs and consistent quantity and quality. The equipment also requires a smaller footprint than traditional processes, the company says.

SITA UK Picks Eriez for UK Plants
The magnetic separation system company Eriez Magnetics, with world headquarters in Erie, Pa., has installed a magnetic separation system for the removal of nonferrous materials at SITA UK’s new wood recycling plants in Preston, Ashington and Perth.

SITA UK says it is the only major recycling and resource management company to offer a U.K.-wide collection service for waste wood. The wood processing facilities produce a high-quality fuel that needs to be free of debris such as nails, hinges and aluminum plates. To meet the requirement, Eriez Magnetics offered an eddy current separator system that includes an Eriez OBM vibratory feeder in line with a 2-meter wide RevX-E eccentric eddy current separator (ECS) unit together with a modular magnetic drum to remove ferrous metals prior to the ECS.

The OBM vibratory feeder presents a mono-layer of material to the ECS, a process designed to enhance separation performance. It also eliminates material surges, Eriez says.

Eriez’ ECS is suitable for capacities up to 40 tonnes per hour.

Danieli Centro Recycling Announces Shear and Shredder Deliveries
Buttrio, Italy-based Danieli Centro Recycling, a division of Danieli Group, has announced several recent recycling equipment projects.

The company says it expects to complete the construction on its new DCR6290 shredder mill. Developed for Chinese and South American markets, the mill provides all the benefits of the Danieli DCR range at increased cost efficiency, the company says. The first mill from this line was on display at the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) World Recycling Convention and Exhibition in Shanghai from 27-29 May, 2013.

The division also has been awarded a contract to supply three DCR 1822 aluminium shredding recycling lines with downstream processes to Novelis Nachterstedt in Germany. Novelis is currently building one of the world’s largest aluminium recycling facilities in Germany.

In Brescia, Italy, Danieli Centro Recycling recently commissioned a recycling plant featuring a DCR preshredder and DCR 1827 shredder mill for the scrap dealer RMB S.p.A. The plant includes environmental features such as dust extraction and noise insulation measures.

Danieli Centro also placed equipment at the Spanish recycling company Medenasa-Metales de Navarra’s plant. The equipment includes a DCR 1822 shredder and a downstream recovery system.

Rice Lake Acquires Master Engineering of Holland
Rice Lake Weighing Systems, based in Arnhem, the Netherlands, has announced that its European division, Rice Lake Weighing Systems Europe B.V., has acquired the Dutch belt-scale manufacturer Master Engineering of nearby Heteren.

Master Engineering provides weighing, batching and dosing systems throughout the Netherlands and Belgium.

Rice Lake reports that it plans to retain all existing Master Engineering employees and continue manufacturing as normal while relocating the company’s Arnhem operations to the Master Engineering facility in Heteren.

NRT Unveils New Look
Optical sorting equipment provider NRT, based in Nashville, Tenn., has released new brand imaging, including new logos for the NRT and In-Flight Sorting brands. The company also launched at new website at

The updated look reflects what the company says is its growth and modernization. NRT is credited with developing a number of optical sorting technologies and holds some 30 patents. The company was acquired by Eugene, Oreg.-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) in 2012.

NRT President Matthias Erdmannsdoerfer says the company’s existing logo no longer represented the company’s identity.

“NRT has been a technology leader and provider of best-in-class solutions for a number of industries,” Erdmannsdoerfer remarks. “We have been well-known and very successful in secondary plastics processing but haven’t made enough of an effort to market our technology elsewhere. NRT has some real advantages when it comes to optical sorting solutions, and we plan to let the world know about it. This is a big step in that direction, and we’re all very excited about our new, modern look.”