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Recycling Today October 2011 Equipment Report

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October 21, 2011

U.S. Shredder HosTs Ohio Open House
The U.S. Shredder & Castings Group, Trussville, Ala., hosted an open house at its shredder assembly plant in Youngstown, Ohio, Aug. 23-24 to display its 7090 Heavy Duty Shredder as well as its assembly plant capabilities.

The shredder was designed specifically to compete with 6085 models in regard to price, says U.S. Shredder President Bill Tigner. The 7090's rotor provides up to 30 percent more hammer impact and is 12 percent wider than 6085 models making it capable of shredding thicker scrap and providing extended longevity, he adds.

"The basic size of the 6085 is primarily the problem. The strength and durability of our rotor will eliminate many of the maintenance and service issues associated with smaller, lighter shredders," says Tigner "Our new shredder will give operators advantages they have not had to date. Scrap processors have been amazed that we can produce such a heavy shredder at a similar investment as the smaller 6085."

Tigner says U.S. Shredder engineers worked closely with the company's fabrication team to build a bigger, heavier shredder with a design that allows it to be built at the cost of smaller competitive models.

The 160,000-square-foot Youngstown assembly plant, operated in conjunction with Boltech, will allow what the company says is ample space to completely assemble its line of shredders and rotors before shipment to the customer. The facility is one of two manufacturing facilities U.S. Shredder has. It also shares a 50,000-square-foot conveyor and structural plant in Mackinaw, Ill., with its sister company, U.S. Conveyor Technologies.


Wastequip's Toter Division Launches New Operation
Wastequip, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., has announced its Toter division, which designs and produces carts, containers and material handling products for the waste and recycling industry, has launched Toter Custom Solutions (TCS). TCS will offer rotational molding services and custom compounding.

TCS can operate at several manufacturing locations and is set up to have the equipment capacity to meet the demands of its high-volume customers.

TCS' production capabilities will include custom colors, multi-colored in-mold and post-mold graphics, mold-in inserts and hot stamping. TCS also will offer ancillary services, including injection and blow molding, trimming and finishing, final product assembly, steel fabrication, cut and sew operations, warehousing and logistics.

More information can be found at www.wastequip.com.


Vecoplan Joins Rockwell Automation Machine Builder Program
Vecoplan LLC, headquartered in High Point, N.C., has been accepted into the Rockwell Automation Machine Builder Program. The program is part of the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork, which includes more than 5,600 specialists in industries, applications, geographies, technologies and services around the world.

According to the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork, "Rockwell Automation Machine Builders are committed to providing high-quality, innovative machinery that utilizes Rockwell Automation solutions to give you a competitive advantage."

Vecoplan says, "As a member of this program, Vecoplan customers can expect the industry's most advanced and reliable technology, backed by Rockwell Automation's extensive support and expertise."

Through the Rockwell Automation Machine Builder Program, Vecoplan can collaborate with Rockwell Automation to design and develop new product technologies.

Rockwell Automation, based in Milwaukee, is one of the world's largest companies dedicated to industrial automation and information.

Vecoplan is a manufacturer of industrial grinding, shredding and size reduction equipment for applications in the secure destruction, plastics processing and recycling, printing and converting, woodworking and general waste processing and recovery industries.

More information about the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork is available at www.rockwellautomation.com/partners.

More information about Vecoplan LLC is available at www.vecoplanllc.com or info@vecoplanllc.com.


Springfield Iron and Metal Adds Dust Control System
Springfield Iron and Metal, Springfield, Mo., has added a DustBoss DB-45 dust control system from Dust Control Technology (DCT), Peoria, Ill., to its shredding operations to curtail dust. According to DCT, the system is designed to maintain production while protecting workers and the local environment from nuisance dust.

The dust suppression system was mounted in a rooftop location to enable better aim. The system's atomized misting unit delivers millions of droplets sized for optimum particle attraction, supplementing the built-in water-injection system in the facility's hammermill shredder, according to DCT. An added feature of the system is the inclusion of a remote control, which facilitates operation from the shredder cab, allowing the company to start, stop and oscillate the machine without physical contact.

Springfield operates an American Pulverizer 80x104, 4,000-horsepower auto shredder that can shed more than 80 tons of material per hour. The shredder features integrated water injectors designed to control dust and to prevent explosion hazards as well as a closed-loop conveyor system to mitigate dust.

"We wanted to incorporate the most effective suppression technology we could find to supplement our existing dust management techniques," says David Braun, Springfield Iron CFO. "When we had a chance to observe the DustBoss at another Midwest metal recycler, we felt like we'd found the right equipment."

DCT's DustBoss DB-45 is a mid-sized unit that has been designed specifically for dust suppression, the company says. Positioned over the shredder to knock down particles at the transfer point, the DB-45 is designed to help control dust without over-saturating the shredded material.

"We experimented with a few different locations until we found the optimum spot," says Burl Williams, Springfield Iron plant manager. "We now have it located on a rooftop approximately 50 feet off the ground and about 40 feet from the shredder," he says.

"The DustBoss has done a good job for us," Williams continues. "And the remote control is a big advantage in our situation. It allows the shredder operator to manage the unit from his station, so no one has to visit the machine to start, stop or oscillate," adds Peterson.

The DB-45 features a ducted fan design with 18 brass nozzles, which atomize water droplets for dust capture. "Airborne water droplets and dust particles attract more readily when they're about the same size," says Edwin Peterson, president of DCT.

"In our standard configuration, we atomize the water to 50 to 200 microns, which gives us the maximum attraction and avoids a slipstream effect," he continues. "But we can customize the droplet sizes to suit specific applications."

Peterson says the DustBoss series is designed from the ground up for dust suppression.

"To get the best performance, all of the components have to be designed to work together for optimum flow and distribution, with the right nozzles, spray angle, fan speed and delivery pressure to achieve the droplet size and velocity needed for dust management," he explains.


Blancco Mobile Edition Erases iPhones, iPads

Finnish company Blancco has introduced its Blancco Mobile Edition, which is designed to allow corporations and recyclers to safely erase sensitive personal and business data from iPhones and iPads before replacing, selling or processing the old equipment.

The Blancco Mobile Edition application can be used to erase large numbers of iPhones and iPads and to produce individual audit reports showing vital evidence of the erasure process, according to the company.

"Many corporations don't realize that when they upgrade or recycle their staff smartphones, both private and business data—like contact details, family photos, company e-mails and personal Web use history—are still accessible in the smartphone's memory," says Ari Korpelainen, vice president of products for Blancco.

"Resetting a smartphone back to factory defaults does not permanently destroy data, as data can still be recovered," he continues. "This poses a serious data breach risk and, therefore, is not an effective erasure method. Using Blancco Mobile Edition ensures that the user data on your smartphone is permanently erased."

Blancco Mobile Edition also supports Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Mobile platforms. Companies have the ability to connect smartphones to a PC for simultaneous erasure.

More information is available at www.blancco.com.


Sierra, Advanced Steel Strike Up Alliance
Advanced Steel Recovery (ASR) and its subsidiary FASTek, Fontana, Calif., have announced a lawsuit settlement that will result in an alliance with Sierra International Machinery of Bakersfield, Calif.

ASR and FASTek say they are "pleased to announce that they have settled the patent infringement lawsuit brought by FASTek against Sierra International Machinery in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California arising from Sierra International Machinery's purchase and use of the Steco Scrapper Container Loader."

The companies continue, "As a part of the settlement, Sierra International Machinery acknowledges that the Steco Scrapper Container Loader infringes on FASTek and Advanced Steel Recovery's patents and that those patents are valid and enforceable. Sierra International Machinery further agrees to permanently cease using the Steco Scrapper Container Loader."

Beyond reaching a settlement, the companies will now also work together to market the FASTek system. "Sierra International Machinery will immediately begin using FASTek's patented container loading system in its own scrap operations and begin marketing FASTek's patented container loading system both domestically and internationally," ASR and FASTek say.

"We look forward to the opportunity to partner with Sierra International Machinery and to offer FASTek's patented technology to Sierra International Machinery's customer network," says Nathan Frankel, CEO of ASR and manager of its FASTek subsidiary.

Sierra president John Sacco says, "We are very pleased to have resolved the pending lawsuit with FASTek and to begin a new chapter with Advanced Steel Recovery and FASTek."

ASR collects, processes and ships containerized scrap metal globally. Its FASTek subsidiary produces equipment designed to load scrap into containers.

Sierra International Machinery sells, supports and maintains several lines of scrap processing equipment.


Bollegraaf Celebrates 50 Years in Business

Bollegraaf Recycling Machinery, Appingedam, Netherlands, commemorated its 50th anniversary in September 2011 by inviting its customers to a celebration at its manufacturing facility.

"Our customers have made us a world player in recycling technology and solutions and are helping us grow to this day," Heiman Bollegraaf, company director, says. "We are very grateful for this, and our anniversary in September is the perfect opportunity to thank everyone in person once again."

Bollegraaf designs and manufactures balers, sorting systems, shredders and conveyor belts for processing recovered recyclables .

The company was established in 1961 as Machinefabriek en Plaatsnijbedrijf H. Bollegraaf. The founder, Hartog Bollegraaf, owned and operated a scrap yard in the Netherlands. He began producing vertical balers at the company's plate-cutting plant.

More information about the company is available at www.bollegraaf.com.


Dover to Sell Paladin Brands to Venture Capital Firm

KPS Capital Partners LP, New York City, has entered into definitive agreements to acquire Paladin Brands Holding Inc. and Crenlo LLC from parent company, Dover Corp., Downers Grove, Ill., through a newly formed company, International Equipment Solutions LLC (IES).

Paladin operates four business units:

  • Paladin Construction Group, which serves the construction, landscaping, agriculture and aviation markets under the brands Bradco, McMillen, FFC, Sweepster, Harley, JRB, C&P and CustomWorks;
  • Paladin Demolition and Recycling, which operates through its Genesis brand;
  • Paladin Utility, which operates through its Pengo brand and provides augers and related tools for utility and foundation drilling markets; and
  • Paladin Custom Material Handling, through its Jewell brand, provides custom excavator packages for demolition, forestry and material handling markets.

Crenlo provides steel cabs and roll-over protective structures and electronics enclosures for customers serving a wide range of markets.

Raquel Palmer of KPS Capital Partners says, "We are very excited to create International Equipment Solutions. IES, by acquiring Paladin and Crenlo, launches as the premier international engineered equipment manufacturer with an industry leading portfolio of brands and an exceptionally strong reputation for quality, durability, delivery, product support and product innovation."

Paladin President and CEO David Burdakin says, "We will remain focused on providing our customers with industry leading products and unsurpassed service. Our entire team at Paladin is pleased to move forward under KPS and excited about their commitment to manufacturing excellence and to supporting our future growth."

The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2011.


NACCO Receives Carolina Star Safety Award

NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG), Greenville, N.C., the maker of Hyster and Yale lift trucks, was awarded the Carolina Star Safety Award at a ceremony Aug. 2 that was hosted by the North Carolina Department of Labor.

To qualify for the award, a company must pass an initial assessment to prove its facilities are safe, healthy and productive work environments. NMHG has joined a group of 135 North Carolina sites that has received the award.

"NMHG would like to express our gratitude to the North Carolina Department of Labor and Pitt County (North Carolina) Chamber of Commerce," says John Gardiner, Americas Manufacturing general manager, NMHG. "We are incredibly honored and humbled to be named a Carolina Star Safety Award recipient and join the ranks of Kimberly-Clarke, Pfizer, Frito-Lay and Georgia Pacific, to name a few. It has been a wonderful year of safety milestones for our company, and we couldn't have done it without our dedicated employees."

In addition to receiving the Carolina Star Safety Award at the ceremony, NMHG was honored with the North Carolina Department of Labor Million-Hour Safety Award and Gold Safety Award for the seventh consecutive year.

Million-Hour Safety Awards are given to firms that accumulate 1 million employee hours with no case of injury or illness that involve days away from work. Last year, NMHG reached3 million hours without a lost-time accident in its Greenville, N.C., facility.

Gold Safety Awards include cases of days away from work, restricted activity or a job transfer.