9 March 2015 by Caelia Quinault

Plant and technology news round-up 09/03/15

With news on a Cross WRAP bale opener for SRF; swissRTec delamination milling machine for shredder residue; slow speed Doppstadt shredder; KME container sort line; and, Lexus plastics recycling technology grant.


SRF bale opener delivered to UK

Finnish company Cross Wrap, which produces bale opening and wrapping technology, has announced the delivery of the first ”CW Bale Opener” to the UK. The machine has been delivered to Impetus Waste Management in Stockton on Tees.

The CrossWrap Impetus bale opener

The CrossWrap Impetus bale opener

The bale opener opens RDF bales automatically and separates the film and bale ties from the baled material. The operation is automatic and the CW Bale Opener has a capacity of up to 100 tonnes per hour.

Cross Wrap has already delivered CW Bale Openers to waste from energy plants in Austria, Germany, Sweden, France and the Netherlands.

Ms Satu Kivelä, managing director of Cross Wrap, said that the demand for bale openers is increasing because of the wider use of waste based fuels for energy.

The company has also unveiled a new model of its CW Direct Wrapper. The new models allows for the baling of recyclables such as cardboard and paper,  which only need the wiring and no plastic wrap at all.

These bales can run through the same line without wrapping so saving the film cost and the investment cost for other equipment, according to the firm.  When the customer needs to bale materials like RDF and SRF,  which need to wrapped because of the handling, shipping or storage, the wrapping can be chosen instead of wiring.


Milling machine launched to handle shredder residue

Swiss recycling technology company, swissRTec, has launched a new delamination milling machine designed to break down pre-shredded composite materials into different components for recycling.

The CCM20RT machine boasts a two-meter rotor diameter with a weight of 21 tonnes and up to 630-kilowatt drive and is intended to help companies deal with automotive shredder residue (ASR).

Mario Zoellig, chief executive of swissRTec, said: “The 2015 European Union regulations requiring a 95%End-of-Life (ELV) recycling rate coupled with the economic benefit of recovering more materials from ASR has pushed the recycling sector to dig deeper into their waste in an effort to recover more materials.

“Metals are one of the first materials to turn to when looking to increase recovery rates of recyclable materials from ASR. The metals typically left behind in ASR are those which are most difficult to separate. These metals are of a significant value with a high copper content, thus recovering the metal fractions is an attractive prospect for recyclers.”

Mr Zoellig also noted that the new mill was produced to meet the growing trend in the marketplace for larger recycling systems.


Recycling firm praises Doppstadt shredder

A German recycling company has hailed the performance of its slow-speed Doppstadt 306 CERON shredder.

The Doppstadt 306 CERON shredder

The Doppstadt 306 CERON shredder

The single-shaft steel shredder can process a range of material including industrial, organic, construction and wood waste.

Peter Schaible, managing director of recycling company GWV in Neckar, Germany, said: “The DW 306 CERON permits a very efficient use, which we can easily adjust to our recycling plant. All-rounders in this line of business like us need machine which can do more. Our range of recycling activities is wide: It ranges from construction debris recovery to composting and to the production of wood chips for biomass power stations – and we extend it continually.”

The Doppstadt CERON in the waste wood processing plant of the waste management company in Remseck is equipped with BioPower roller, a medium-size comb basket and an 80 mm screening drum.  The plant shreds class A1 – A4 waste wood at up to 45 tons per hour and up to 100 mm grain size. Ferrous and non-ferrous metals are separated from the wood.


Grant awarded to plastics recycling firm

Lincolnshire-based plastics recycling company Luxus has secured an EU grant to commercialist it Hycolene range of lightweight polypropylene compounds with up to 60% recycled content. The investment will enable the EU automotive industry to increase its use of recycled content polymers to satisfy both ELV and increasing emissions targets, according to the company.

Luxus will be collaborating on this project with twin screw manufacturer Coperion to help with complex processing, tier 1 moulding supplier IAC for materials trials and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). The auto manufacturer will be providing end user guidance on the project to ensure the technical requirements are met.

Luxus managing director, Peter Atterby, said: “We’re pleased that the commercial potential of our Hycolene range has been recognised by the EU. This investment will enable us to effectively make a fundamental step change in our technology as we aim to replace our filled compounds with next generation reinforcing additives.”

Luxus is preparing a patent application for the new advanced polymer technology process. Its capacity however, to produce these compounds will be limited by access to local sources of recyclate PP. So in the future it intends to license its IP of formulations and knowledge to other selected compounders in the EU who have access source assured PP recyclate locally.


Sort line installed in Blackburn

Blackburn based Rishton Paper has purchased and installed a new container sort line from Ken Mills Engineering Ltd (KME).

The new container line from KME

The new container line from KME

Rishton waste paper is a family-run business established in 1984 by managing director Bill Braysford. Located at Riverside Industrial Estate the site of the former Rishton Paper Mill, the company’s site consists of an 8,000 sq ft warehouse and a yard capable of storing up to 1,000 tonnes of waste paper/recyclables.

The company contacted KME Ltd to help design and build a container sort line. The system that was produced is capable of handling three tons per hour of clean mixed containers without glass. The sorting conveyor has five positions in total with two for picking out waste products and also any recyclable products that they want to keep separate from the mixed plastics.

The sort system consists of an infeed conveyor, nine metre sort conveyor with bunkers, master magnets overband; magnet and master magnets Eddy current with vibrating feed table. The layout of machinery has also been positioned to take a glass screen at the front end if Rishton chooses to introduce one in future.
The system was designed and built in house at KME’s purpose built facility based in Littleborough Rochdale.


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