Lefort introduces multimaterial shredders

Lefort, Gosselies, Belgium, has introduced the latest addition to its product line: the horizontal Multi Product 800-horsepower (MTP 800) shredder.

The shredder comes with a hammer-equipped rotor, used for grating various products. The configuration of the 800-horsepower electrical motor, connected to the rotor shaft via a hydraulic coupler, and the interchangeable high-strength steel hammer system have been tested to ensure output capacity standards and to reduce maintenance. The low motor rotation speed ensures high torque to handle tough materials, Lefort says. The dust extraction units, vibrating tables and the waste sorting selection system are tailored to customer needs.

Lefort shredders are available in different versions and power units and can be equipped with an electric or a thermal motor. They carry the “CE” label for the European market and the “UL” label for the U.S., the company says.

Lefort says it offers its customers a complete package—delivery, installation of the equipment and accessories, as well as commissioning and operator training—and its worldwide dealership network means customers can rely on a stock of available spare parts that ensures timely technical support.

Since 1947, Lefort has built its machines in its Belgium-based facilities. In 2017, the company celebrates the 70th anniversary of producing its first machine.

Machinex installation underway in Scotland

In March 2015 global engineering and construction company Stuttgart, Germany-based M+W Group appointed Machinex, Plessisville, Quebec, to provide a material recovery facility (MRF) for the energy-from-waste (EFW) project for Levenseat Renewable Energy Ltd. in Lanark, Scotland. Last May, Machinex began installation of the front-end sorting facility, which the company says should be completed and operational in early 2017. The addition of the drying solution is scheduled to be operational in mid-2017 to complete the project.

The system is a refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and a solid recovered fuel (SRF) preparation plant designed to process 42 tonnes per hour of commercial and industrial waste along with municipal solid waste, Machinex says. The MRF will produce 100,000 tonnes annually of RDF as a feedstock for the Levenseat Power Plant while also maximising the recovery of recyclates (such as paper, cardboard, plastics, metals and wood) and waste diversion from landfill. The system also will produce an SRF stream from the super-light and high-calorific nonrecyclable material.

Regarding the installation, Angus Hamilton, director at Levenseat Ltd., says, “We have been very impressed with Machinex as a company; they were more than willing to work with us to find an appropriate, robust and creative solution for our project. They have been very professional and have shown a dedication to not only completing the project on time but also [to] making sure we were satisfied throughout. Above all we felt Machinex really listened to and understood our requirements and worked with us to produce a design that aligned perfectly with what we were aiming to achieve.”

Buijs Groot-Ammers Overslag BV opts for Sennebogen

When Netherlands-based Buijs Groot-Ammers Overslag BV bought its ninth Sennebogen material handler, the company chose its second electric drive model for environmental and financial reasons. “Once electric, always electric,” says engineer Henk van den Dool.

Buijs Groot-Ammers specialises in the transshipment of bulk and general cargo. The first electric model the company tried was the Sennebogen 825, which put in about 15,000 hours within a short time. When material handling demands increased, Buijs Groot-Ammers upsized to a crawler-mounted Sennebogen 830 electric drive.

The 830 has a maximum boom range of 17 metres (55 feet 8 inches) compared with the 13-metre (42-feet-7-inch) reach of the 825, which allows operators to reach the farthest edges of a barge without moving, Sennebogen says. Buijs Groot has installed the 830 at the edge of the pier.

“We decided to purchase an electric material handler again because it is completely emission free and, ultimately, it saves money,” Wim Buijs, director of operations for the company, says. “As well, environmentally sound practices promote goodwill in the community.”

Being located on the historic Aa River, the Buijs Groot-Ammers operation is particularly sensitive to environmental contamination. With the electric drive Sennebogen, not only are there zero emissions, but there is zero chance of fuel leaks and the administrative nightmares that go along with them, the equipment supplier says.

Sennebogen GmbH is based in Germany. It’s Americas subsidiary, Sennebogen LLC, is based in Stanley, North Carolina.

Rapid Granulator reveals The Raptor Series

Rapid Granulator, headquartered in Bredaryd, Sweden, has introduced The Raptor Series for plastics shredding. These modularly designed units feature an “open-hearted” design, as well as a “unique” cutting system and tilt-back hopper, according to the manufacturer. They also are designed for integrated granulation.

“The Raptor Series is a shredder and granulator hybrid with the shredder’s heavy-duty cutting technology combined with granulator features such as Rapid’s ‘open hearted’ design that makes it super easy to operate, service and clean,” says Rapid CEO Bengt Rimark. “The Raptor Series has been developed with 100% focus on every single detail that is of importance for plastic processors in order to create simplicity and a minimum cost of ownership. As we develop and manufacture both granulators and shredders, we make sure that the machines are tailored for each other and that we can provide complete recycling systems, direct from Rapid.”

The open hearted design of the Raptor enables quick and direct access to the shredder rotor and cutter chamber, simplifying the cleaning and service process, according to the manufacturer. The front door, hinged on the side, provides unrestricted access to the rotor and to the screen, which is mounted in the door. Once the front door is open, the shredder hopper mounted on a rear hinge can be tilted back.

Once the machine is open, all fasteners are accessible from the outside using air-driven tools, Rapid says. The access made possible by the “open hearted” designs makes any contamination immediately visible.

The tilting hopper opens with an electrically operated jack, while the screen and granule bin can be handled by a single operator. According to the manufacturer, the screen cradle design does not require bolts to be removed when removing the screen, and the granule bin slides out easily. The same tool is used to unlock the front door and to rotate the rotor. As an option, a light can be fitted to provide extra illumination, Rapid says.

Rapid offers 36 base configurations for the Raptor to handle various customer applications. The modular systems feature two diameters and two widths (800 millimetres and 1.35 millimetres, or 31.5 inches and 53 inches). There are two system designs for pushing material into the rotor—FlexiPUSH and PowerPush. The PowerPUSH is available with an extended pusher length (PowerPUSH-XT). Three cutting systems also are available: Quad Cut, Claw and Power Wedge.

The FlexiPush is a pneumatically driven pusher and is intended for basic applications, including lumpy materials. It can handle large products, such as a 1200-L IBC (intermediate bulk container), for example. The hydraulically powered PowerPush maximises output for shredding sheet and film. The cutting chamber features a textured floor to reduce the risk of material adhering or finding its way under the pusher and is offset by 5 degrees to enable liquids to drain away, Rapid says.

The QuadCut cutting system for general plastic scrap features a solid knife that allows the full use of all four cutting edges. The knives are supported by a sacrificial washer to protect the rotor should nonplastic material accidently enter the cutting chamber.

More information is available at www.rapidgranulator.com.

Shan Poornam Green Tech orders Andritz MeWa recycling plant

Andritz MeWa, part of Andritz Group, Graz, Austria, has received an order from Shan Poornam Green Tech, a subsidiary of Shan Poornam Metals Sdn Bhd, Penang, Malaysia, to supply an automatic recycling plant for refrigerators and electrical/electronic scrap and the recovery of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and its equivalents. Beginning mid-2017, the plant, located in Seberang Perai in the state of Penang, will process 300,000 old refrigerators and up to 60,000 short tons of electrical and electronic scrap, such as washing machines, household appliances and information and communications technology equipment, including computers, annually from private households.

A central element of the recycling plant is Andritz MeWa’s QZ 2000 cross-flow shredder, which dismantles the various components and materials using rotating chains. The single parts can then be separated into individual fractions, such as iron, copper, aluminium and plastics, the equipment supplier says. In addition, batteries and condensers remain intact and can be sorted without leaking contaminants.

This first automatic processing plant for refrigerators and electrical/electronic scrap in Malaysia is an important milestone by Shan Poornam Metals in developing and extending recycling management in that country, Andritz says. The company says there is a plan to set up 86 collection centres across the region for household electrical/electronic scrap as part of a subsidy program over a period of five years to ensure continuous use of the new recycling plant.