12 March 2020 by James Langley

Equipment news round-up (12/03/20)

With news on: partnership established between CDE and Molson Washing; Coveya Ltd launches swan neck conveyor; ZHD Stevedores acquires Bobcat skid-steer loaders; and, process for recycling lithium batteries developed.

Partnership established between CDE and Molson Washing

Wet processing equipment manufacturer CDE and Molson Washing, the specialist materials processing division of Molson Group, have established a strategic partnership in the UK.

Molson Washing is now CDE’s ‘strategic washing partner’ in the UK, while CDE is Molson Group’s exclusive washing plant partner.

An example of a CDE washing plant in use at D’Arcy Sands in Wexford

Tony Convery, CDE founder, said: “The new partnership is an opportunity to bring together our collective expertise and provide a comprehensive solution that responds to the business needs and objectives of materials processors up and down the country.

“The combination of innovative solutions and exceptional service made possible under the partnership framework sets out a hugely positive outlook for the continued growth of the CDE brand in the UK.”

Following the establishment of the partnership, the companies secured a project to design, manufacture and install a multi-million-pound turnkey wet processing recycling system for Gloucester-based utilities contractor Complete Utilities.

Robin Powell, joint managing director at Molson Group, said: “CDE have an excellent reputation in the marketplace for manufacturing some of the highest quality washing systems available.

“This, combined with a customer focused approach from Molson Washing and 360-degree product range from the wider Molson Group, will enable our customers to secure the very best solution for their business from one supplier.”

Coveya Ltd launches swan neck conveyor

Bristol-based manufacturer and supplier of conveyor systems Coveya Ltd has launched a ‘swan neck’ product designed to support the recycling industry with the movement of materials.

With a total length of up to 25 metres and an inverted 35-degree bend that gives discharge heights of up to six metres, the swan neck conveyor comes with a range of belt widths.

The new swan neck conveyor

Carsten Herbert, sales director at Coveya Ltd, said: “With a real commitment to quality products and customer service, the new swan neck is designed to enable the efficient movement of recycling materials, happily sitting alongside a range of other conveyor products that enable the efficient movement of recycling waste where it’s needed.”

Founded in 1988 as Beaufort Conveyors and now employing more than 50 people, Coveya Ltd designs, manufactures and supplies conveyors to industries including building and construction, waste management, and animal feeds and agriculture.

ZHD Stevedores acquires Bobcat skid-steer loaders

Dutch trucking company ZHD Stevedores has purchased two S770 Bobcat skid-steer loaders for an undisclosed fee through Inter-Techno, the Dutch importer for the Bobcat range based in Apeldoorn.

The company uses skid-steer loaders to clear the holds of ships and to move material around as quickly as possible.

The Bobcat S770 SSL port editions at ZHD Stevedores

Several modifications have been made to the machines by Inter-Techno, including weighting at the front and steel plates welded to the lifting arms to protect the hydraulic cylinders.

Jan Elferink, material management manager at ZHD Stevedores, said: “The modifications on the machines include the treatment of plugs and cable harnesses with a special moisture-resistant coating. The moist and dusty environment is not good for the electronics on board.

“The adjustments to the cabs are also important. Drivers used to work in an open cab with a cage construction, but the requirements for working conditions and safety have become increasingly strict.”

Process for recycling lithium batteries developed

German mechanical contractor BHS Sonthofen is to present a new process for recycling lithium batteries and accumulators at a trade fair in Munich in May.

The batteries are first discharged and then a BHS shredder selected according to the feed materials is used in the first shredding stage. To eliminate the risk of the electrolyte catching fire, a customised shredder that operates in a nitrogen atmosphere is used.

The focus of the process is on ensuring the direct usability of the end products

The shredded batteries are heated in batches in a vacuum dryer to evaporate the electrolyte components for subsequent recovery in a condensation unit.

The electrolyte-free residues are then subjected to dry mechanical processing consisting of various screening, separating and ball-shaping steps.

Christian Kühn, sales director for recycling and environmental technology at BHS Sonthofen, said: “The process delivers the following three end products: high-grade aluminium concentrates, copper concentrates and black mass, which contains lithium and various other metals such as manganese, cobalt and nickel. All three fractions are ready for remarketing.”


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