Vecoplan, Archdale, North Carolina, has christened its new test lab, which the company describes as “an integral part of Vecoplan’s continuing expansion.”
The lab serves two functions vital to Vecoplan’s long-term goals, according to the company. “First it provides a practical hands-on environment to test the feasibility and ensure the quality of our R&D efforts,” says Gary Kolbet, vice president of engineering, Vecoplan LLC.
Bob Gilmore, Vecoplan chief sales officer, adds, “But, just as important, the test lab is set up to provide real world conditions in which customers can view their own waste materials being processed—from feeding through shredding and discharge/separation.”
The new test lab contains a representative selection of four of Vecoplan’s most popular shredders and a plastics granulator. The lab also is configured with an open slot to allow for the installation of other machines on an as-needed basis. One of the semipermanent machines is horizontally fed, while four are vertically fed via hoppers. The horizontal shredder, a VTH-VU, is equipped with a vibration feed conveyor and pneumatic discharge system.
The hopper-feed shredders include a VAZ 1600 M XL T, a V-ECO 1300 and a VAZ 1300 M NewGen. Vecoplan says the shredders were selected to demonstrate a range of feed opening sizes, horsepower drive options and material shredding capabilities, including plastics, paper, cardboard, wood, MSW (municipal solid waste) and general waste.
Specific shredders also feature patented Vecoplan innovations such as the SureCut™ Film & Fiber shredding system and the energy saving HiTorc™ electromagnetic drive technology.
Auxiliaries complementing these hopper-feed shredders include a portable box dumper and inclined feed conveyor system, a VFB 650 F3 modular belt conveyor, a multistation KKF paddle-chain conveyor equipped with a rotary drum magnet for ferrous metals separation, a bypass gate for materials discharge and a complete dust collection system. Control panels for each machine, like the shredders they operate, represent Vecoplan’s range of control package options, the company says.
Other amenities in the lab include customer-viewing stations with built-in windows at key processing points on each shredder. Cameras positioned above each shredder’s hopper provide live video feeds of materials as they are being processed in the cutting chamber. Video can be viewed on the lab’s LCD monitor and recorded for the customer on USBs, DVDs or CDs.
According to Len Beusse, chief operating officer of Vecoplan LLC, “The decision to invest in a test lab of this caliber was based on customers’ desire for precise size reduction solutions involving direct testing of their exact materials and demonstration of the exact shredder models they are purchasing.”
Vecoplan is a leading manufacturer of industrial grinding, shredding and size reduction equipment.