17 May 2019 by Joshua Doherty

Equipment news round-up (17/05/2019)

With news on: BHS unveils AI powered sorting machine; SiteZone Safety launches new arm; Advetec teams up with UNTHA; Hallamshire achieves ISO accreditation

BHS unveils latest AI sorting unit

American sorting equipment supplier BHS has unveiled the latest in its line of AI units, which it says can be easily placed into existing Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs), operating alongside manual pickers.

The Max-AI AQC-C is scaleable to fit into tight spaces in MRFs, according to BHS

The Max-AI AQC-C can be installed in narrow walkways and in other tight locations, BHS says, and is designed to work safely alongside people.

The company says the unit is also easily scalable, as up to four robotic sorters can be added behind each system. Each sorter can sort up to 40 picks per minute and up to three different material types.

Commenting on the new unit, Rich Reardon, vice president of sales and marketing for BHS, said: “The AQC-C is the perfect complement to our Max-AI family of sorters; it’s a fast and easy installation and can work essentially any place a manual sorter can. Unlike a manual sorter, the AQC-C won’t get tired, sick, injured or no-show – and it will sort all day without a break.”

Advetec teams up with UNTHA for AD partnership

Waste digestion specialist Advetec has announced a partnership with shredder company UNTHA , to roll out a solution for mixed waste streams at anaerobic digestion facilites.

The S25 shredder will be supplied as part of Advetec’s ‘rapid organic waste digestion innovation’

Advatc reached out to Untha to explore the capabilities of its four-shaft shredding system, and after municipal waste shredding trials. This involved an investment in two UNTHA RS30s, which were shipped to the Caribbean and USA to process materials down to a defined <50mm specification.

UNTHA’s two-shaft S25 shredder will now also be supplied as part of Advetec’s rapid organic waste digestion innovation. The small footprint in-vessel system can achieve a 60-90% mass reduction of mixed organic waste streams, in less than 72 hours, the companies say.

Commenting on the collaboration with UNTHA, Richard Goff, Advetec’s chief operating officer, said: “We have worked hard to establish our reputation for devising innovative bio-augmentation products and micro-aeration systems, and as we look ahead to ongoing expansion in the UK, wider Europe and America, is it important that we maintain this commitment to delivering quality-led solutions.”

SiteZone Safety launches new arm

Workplace safety specialist SiteZone Safety has launched a new part of its business, SiteZone Productivity, supplying cross sector clients with health & safety related products.

And, the company announced that VEI Onboard Weighing Solutions will be the collaborator with the new venture.

Inspired by the “safety brand and ethos of SiteZone Safety”, the ‘Productivity’ business will extend its remit from proximity warning systems, to providing other products that make working safer and more efficient in the UK.

Gary Escott, co-founder and Director of SiteZone Safety says: “While SiteZone Productivity is a bit of a departure from our core proximity warning systems business, we intend where possible, to carry the safety banner proudly with our new brand.”

Ms Escott added: “We will start our new venture by supplying VEI Onboard Weighing Solutions to the UK market. We have enjoyed a long-standing business relationship with VEI and this is a positive step forward.”

Hallamshire achieves ISO accreditation

Materials handling equipment manufacturer Hallamshire Engineering Services, part of Group Rhodes, has been accredited to the latest ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Standard.

The ISO – International Organisation for Standardisation – is a set of international standards that give specifications for products, services and systems to ensure quality, efficiency and safety.

(l-r) Hallamshire Engineering Services’ operations manager, Neil Bettley and QHSE manager Graham Howard

The company said it achieved the quality standard through the efforts of its team in “aligning quality processes to the existing standards already in operation by the group’s other businesses, Craven Fawcett and Rhodes Interform, at its new factory in Wakefield”.

Mark Ridgway, Group Rhodes’ chief executive, said: “Retaining a high level of quality is an essential element in achieving our business objectives and securing a competitive advantage. It is important that quality is recognised as not only applying to our end products and services, but also as an integral part of our operations.”


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