9 March 2016 by Tom Goulding

Plant and vehicle round-up (09/03/2016)

With news on; Mellor buys RWM 500 baler; Doosan unveils addition to forklift range; Andigestion purchases containers; Mildlothian council installs RCV cameras, and; global sales boost for XR shredder

Mellor Electrics invests in Riverside baler

Gearbox manufacturer Mellor Electrics has overhauled its approach to recycling with the purchase of a mill-size baler from Riverside Waste Machinery.

Mellor Electrics

Mellor expects to see a return on the Riverside baler within 15 months

The company, which buys a range of component parts, is often presented with multiple packaging wastes which are ‘difficult to store and expensive to dispose of’.

Using the vertical RWM 500 baler, Mellor is able to produce both paper and cardboard bales of up to 500kg.

The baler has produced a net saving of £400 per month through reduced skip collection fees and a revenue stream generated from the sale of the baled recyclables, the company claims.

Managing director Stephen Halliwell said: “Following a prompt delivery, hassle-free installation and comprehensive operator training, we have a machine that will have paid for itself in only 15 months.”


Doosan unveils largest addition to forklift range

Northampton-based Doosan Industrial Vehicle has unveiled the ‘giant’ 18-tonne and 25-tonne capacity diesel trucks to its 7-Series product range.

The latest addition to the 7-Series range

The latest addition to the 7-Series range

The vehicles, both rated at 1200mm load centre, are the firm’s largest ever capacity forklifts in production at its manufacturing plant in South Korea.

The 7.6 litre six cylinder diesel engines have meanwhile been designed to ensure reduced emission levels are achieved without the need for a “costly, outdated and maintenance intensive” Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF).

The engines dramatically reduce maintenance downtime as well as setting a new benchmark for fuel consumption at a time of increasing costs for forklift users, Doosan adds.

The vehicles will be exhibited at the Birmingham NEC later this year. Further additions to the 7-Series range are expected in the second quarter of 2016.


Andigestion purchases food waste containers

Andigestion has taken delivery of plastic containers for food waste transportation – which meet the AD firm’s eco-friendly criteria.

Andigestion container

The containers are durable for tipping and rotating

The containers, produced by Schoeller Allibert, will be used to store food waste which is transported to Andigestion’s anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Gloucestershire.

The Big Box Rigid Pallet containers acquired by the firm are robust for constant use, from tipping to rotating on fork lift trucks and continuous emptying and refilling of food waste.

More than 300 boxes were delivered by Schoeller Allibert, one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of plastic reusable transit packaging, and branded with the company’s green and orange livery.

Jason Ward, commercial manager at Andigestion, said: “As we collect food waste and recycle it from a wide range of customers, which includes small processors to large, multi-national food producers, it is vital that our containers are robust enough to perform under extreme conditions.

“Schoeller Allibert’s containers were the perfect solution for our operations as they continue to perform at the highest level.”


Cameras installed in Midlothian RCVs

Midlothian council has installed four-camera systems into its fleet of refuse collection vehicles to coincide with the roll out of a new food waste service.

Cameras have been fitted on the front, rear and sides of the vehicles

Cameras have been fitted on the front, rear and sides of the vehicles

The Scottish authority has installed the Sentinel Systems rear, forward and side-scan cameras to the vehicles to enhance views and improve driving conditions for its drivers.

Each camera is connected to an in-cab monitor for live surveillance with the ability to record, allowing the council to monitor its new food waste service in action.

The service runs five days a week and includes residential roads frequently congested with cars, pedestrians and cyclists.

Trevor Docherty, travel and fleet services manager at Midlothian council, said: “Having Sentinel’s four-way camera system installed on our new food waste collection vehicles not only offers the ultimate protection for our drivers but allows us to monitor the services they are performing and to use the captured footage to settle any cases that may occur with residents.”


Global sales boost for XR shredder

Worldwide sales of UNTHA’s static XR shredder, first launched in 2014, have spiked according to the company.

Sales of UNTHA's XR shredder are rising globally

Sales of UNTHA’s XR shredder are rising globally

The shredder is primarily used to produce high quality solid recovered fuel (SRF) in a single pass, with a large output per tonnage.

Enquiries for the machine have seen it perform well across multiple sites in the UK, Germany, Austria, France, Ireland, Finland, Poland, Turkey, Portugal, Bulgaria, Mexico, the USA, South Korea and Vietnam.

The shredder has been employed across these sites to process materials such as municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial waste, bulky waste and pulper ropes.

Peter Streinik, head of UNTHA’s waste division, said: “We knew the XR had the potential to change the way operators process waste and produce alternative fuels.

“It’s quieter, more environmentally sound, easier to maintain and cheaper to run than its counterparts in the market. It’s safe to say the team is delighted by the global impact it is has had in only a short space of time.”


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