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Columbus Metal Industries Buys Auto Shredder

The U.S. Shredder and Castings Group, Trussville, Ala., has announced the sale of an 80/108 auto shredder and downstream system to Columbus Metal Industries (CMI), headquartered in Columbus, Neb. The auto shredder will be installed at CMI’s Kearney, Neb., facility. CMI also operates an 80/108 shredder at its Columbus facility.

The system will include the U.S. Shredder’s shredder control system and be driven by a 4,000-horsepower DC drive system supplied by AmeriMex Inc. of Houston. The downstream system and conveyors will be manufactured by U.S. Shredder’s sister company, U.S. Conveyor, with electro drum magnets and eddy currents supplied by SGM Magnetics Corp., Sarasota, Fla.

Construction engineering and facility layout will be provided by U.S. Shredder’s new Installation Engineering Group. U.S. Shredder says its engineers worked with Columbus Metal’s staff “to ensure many of the main components of the company’s existing shredder, rotor, motor, hammers, etc. were compatible with the new shredder.”


American Recycling Purchases Eriez Sorting System

American Recycling, a scrap metal firm based in Mays Landing, N.J., has agreed to purchase a scrap sorting system from Erie, Pa.-based, Eriez through American Pulverizer Co., St. Louis.

Mike Shattuck, project manager for Eriez’ Heavy Industries division, reports that the package price for the equipment purchased will exceed $700,000. “The new system will demonstrate a quick payback to American Recycling due to its ability to provide No. 1 shred quality steel, additional recovery potential and manpower savings,” says Shattuck.

The system sold includes the P-Rex Scrap Drum for improved ferrous recovery, a Shred1 Separator to provide low copper frag, a 90-inch ProSort II Airless Metal Recovery System, a 60-inch FinesSort Jr. Metal Recovery System, a rare earth eddy current separator and two pulley magnets.

The new CleanStream process combines the Eriez P-Rex Drum and Eriez’ new Shred1 Separator. According to Eriez, the P-Rex Drum improves ferrous recovery by 1 to 2 percent, while the Shred1 Separator produces a low copper shred, a premium deliverable to the steel industry. Eriez claims that the CleanStream Process produces the high quality melt by separating clean ferrous from other materials. Besides improving ferrous recovery and grade, the CleanStream Process can reduce the number of hand sorters required on the processing line.

P-Rex’s permanent magnetic circuit, designed using sophisticated modeling techniques, is up to 40 percent stronger than an electro drum and is capable of moving large spherical objects at twice the distance, according to the company.

More information on the scrap sorting system is available at


Akros HeNschel sells Four Baling Presses

The equipment company Akros Henschel, based in Kassel, Germany, has sold four baling presses.

Wisco, a Wuhan, China, steel company, has ordered a new Akros Henschel press type PTC 2175 H. The baling press will allow the company to produce bales weighing more than one ton.

The stainless steel company Cronimet has ordered two presses, type PCV 2560, that will allow the company to produce large bales. The baling presses will be installed at the company’s operations in Germany and Poland.

The fourth press has been sold to the French scrap metal company Galloo Group, which is replacing the former press at its Belgium location with an Akros Henschel baling press, type PTC 2060 CV.

Zenith Cutter Signs Distributor South of the border

Zenith Cutter Co., Loves Park, Ill., has named Plastec USA its distributor in Mexico and in Central and South America, excluding Brazil.

Zenith Cutter provides industrial knives, blades and accessories to companies in the corrugated, converting, plastics, recycling, tree care, roofing, textile and wood products industries.

Plastec USA, headquartered in Miami, specializes in providing machinery and chemicals to the Latin American plastics industry. The company has offices throughout Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

More information on Plastec USA is available from the company’s website at

Synergy Recycling Starts New Processing System

Synergy Recycling LLC, based in Madison, N.C., has begun operating a new processing system for electronic scrap. According to the company, the new system incorporates technology that produces pure ferrous and nonferrous metals and plastics. The proprietary system was designed by MTD America Ltd., Atlanta, and Italy-based SGM Magnetics Corp., which operates a U.S. office in Sarasota, Fla.

Synergy’s new processing line includes two shredders, a series of magnets to separate steel, a nonferrous processing line and a specific process for plastic. Synergy says the new system is capable of handling up to 30 tons of electronic scrap per hour, which will allow the the company to expand its processing volume. It is capable of destroying all confidential data on hard drives, copiers, printers, computers and other types of equipment. With the system, Synergy says it is able to recycle or re-use about 99 percent of all materials arriving at its facility.

“We are pleased to be able to participate as a partner in Synergy’s success,” says Tom Valerio, MTD chief technology officer. “We wanted to become part of a really strong company that could prove our system’s effectiveness and could reproduce it across the country. Synergy brings the strength and vision we were looking for. We look forward to expanding Synergy’s reach into other regions.”

Didier Haegelsteen, managing director of SGM Magnetics, says, “Converting—in a profitable way—close to 99 percent of electronic scrap into recyclable or re-usable commodities is a defense against [the potentially] illegal export of electronics.”

Synergy is ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified, says Steve Earp, director of compliance for the company. “We also have applied for certification under the RIOS (Recycling Industry Operating Standard) and R2 (Responsible Recycling) standards. We have completed the audits and have been recommended for certification, so we expect it soon.”