The upgrade features four Wendt/TITECH Finders and two ASR Windsifters as well as conveyors, feeders and platforms, Wendt reports. Wendt says the equipment provides Interstate Shredding with the ability to recover insulated copper wire (ICW), zorba, zurik and fines material and offers increased revenue potential.
According to Wendt, the upgrade was tied to Interstate’s goal to expand its plant and help maximize the value of the products produced there as well as to create new products from the company’s automobile shredder residue (ASR).
Interstate Shredding operates a 28-acre scrap metal recycling facility that was started as a joint venture in 2008 with Niles Iron & Metal, Niles, Ohio, and Mercer Co., Sharon, Pennsylvania. Together the companies make up LNM Holdings LLC, headquartered in Phoenix. LNM Holdings is one of the largest scrap metal processors in the northeast Ohio-western Pennsylvania region.
According to Wendt, Interstate had installed a 4,000-horsepower 80x104 shredder and nonferrous plant in 2009 but soon recognized the need to expand its nonferrous processing capabilities to recover copper wire from ASR.
“Our desire to purchase new equipment arose as our existing system was deficient in that it didn’t give us the ability to recover wire,” says Gary Chandler, COO of LNM Holdings.
To better understand copper wire recovery options as well as improvements to existing products, Interstate visited the Wendt Test Center in Buffalo to test its ASR material.
“With the testing done at the Wendt Test Center, it revealed to us that we were not only losing wire but [also] losing additional metals as well,” states Chandler. “The Test Center allowed us to recognize the recovery potential and simulate our own process.”
After material testing validated that additional recovery was possible, Wendt reports, Interstate purchased the equipment to upgrade the plant and Wendt began the engineering process.
Upgrading Interstate’s plant presented Wendt engineers with some unique building and engineering problems to solve, says Chandler.
“Taking four new Finders and all of the support equipment and fitting it into a fixed building with existing equipment was not the easiest task,” he says. “The Wendt engineering group worked with these building challenges and creatively made good use of the square footage and made the space function remarkably well while sticking to our budget.”
“We’re very pleased with how the purchase of this equipment has impacted our bottom line. The installation is achieving our ROI requirements and producing less than 1 percent metal loss,” says Chandler. “With our equipment purchase, we believe we’ve partnered with the forefront leader in separation technology. We felt that Wendt satisfied our needs on numerous levels as we had three specific goals in mind. Our first goal was to increase recovery capabilities; the second was to meet our engineering needs and have all of the new equipment work alongside our existing equipment and lastly was to work within our budget. Wendt was the best supplier to fulfill all of those needs.”