ifm O3M photoelectric 3D sensors

The waste industry is increasingly looking towards technology to improve throughputs and drive operational efficiency. With this in mind, ifm has developed a new generation of 3D Smart Sensors to further increase the automation level of mobile machines and drive operational efficiency.

Using the time-of-flight principal, the O3M photoelectric 3D sensor measures the distance between the sensor and the nearest surface point. The unit illuminates the scene with an external infrared light source and calculates the distance by means of the light reflected from the surface.

The O3M’s integrated, automatic object recognition detects up to 20 stationary or moving objects in the vehicle’s path. By comparing the current speed, the motion vector and fixed parameters, such as breaking distance, collision probability is calculated by the 3D sensor and transferred to the machine control system via CAN bus or Ethernet, before being signalled to the driver.

A highly developed algorithm from the automotive sector and a frame rate of up to 50 frames per second allows fast and reliable calculation of the 3D data. Additionally, the specially modulated infrared light enables continuously high recognition rates, even with reflective material of varied intensity.

The O3M is used in waste disposal vehicles for automatic recognition of dangerous situations such as during reversing or placing container bins.

TANA Shark waste shredder

Recycling rates are increasing globally and new possibilities for using waste as a resource are opening up every year. Legislation aimed at reducing disposal to landfill means new methods of resource recovery, including waste-to-energy are leading to a variety of novel systems and processes. Because the business environment is constantly changing, having a versatile machine is invaluable.

The TANA Shark waste shredder was designed with exactly this in mind. The slow-speed multipurpose waste shredder is suitable for a variety of tasks, including pre-shredding, secondary shredding, small particle size shredding and in-line systems. It can shred a wide variety of materials, ranging from tyres, commercial and industrial waste construction, plastics to mattresses. The TANA Shark waste shredder enables full control over the particle size from 50 to 500 millimetres (two to 20 inches) with low operation costs and a possibility to perform shredding in just one pass.

One of the most problematic yet growing areas of recycling is end-of-life tyres. The TANA Shark 440 waste shredder can be used to shred tyres, with sizes ranging from car and truck tyres up to heavy earthmoving and mining.

Ensuring the end result is pure rubber without any metal wires, TANA Shark 440 takes care of the shredding process, whether its a pre-shred from 500 millimetre minus or a finished product of 50 millimetre minus.

In the primary shredding phases, unwanted metal wires are removed using an over-band magnet and a range of screens which are inserted below the rotor to generate a particular size of material. The end product size and quality can be determined and finalised by using a rotor screen with suitable mesh size out of the six available, ranging from 35 up to 220 millimetres.

Lincom Group’s horizontal grinding

Designed for land clearing plus wood and green waste recycling, the Morbark 3400XT is an aggressive horizontal grinder with the added value of operator-friendly features.

The 3400XT Wood Hog features a pin and plate hammermill with 813 millimetre (32 inch) tip swing and a variable-speed infeed system consisting of one 863 millimetre (34 inch) diametre top compression roll (Yoke) with directly-driven planetary drive and four strands of WDH 120 Chain in a staggered configuration.

The grates/screens are accessed from the rear of the grinding chamber and as they are free floating in their own track and have no fasteners on the inside of the chamber, are easily changed when required. The 3400XT can accommodate engines from 520 to 800 horsepower and is also available with electric drive. The Morbark Integrated Control System (MICS) monitors engine and system pressures as well as feed wheel position and automatically adjusts feed rates to maximise production and engine efficiency. Material discharge is by means of a dual conveyor system.

According to Morbark distributor Lincom Group, a significant feature of the 3400XT is it can be manufactured as narrow as 2.53 metres and, depending on chosen options, weighs approximately 32,000 kilograms making the grinder a versatile machine with transport flexibility. Exclusive to Morbark, the model has a flexible and easily adjustable torque limiter which, in the event of something un-grindable entering the mill, will help protect the driveline and hammermill from damage. Additionally, the grinder features sloped infeed sides, providing operators with improved visibility and loading efficiency.

Peterson 2700 Series Grinder

Peterson’s 2710D caters to high production operations for wood and green waste and frequent moves between jobs.

Available through Australian supplier Komatsu Forest, the Peterson 2710D is accessible in five different models, including 4710, 5710 and 6710.

The machine provides the choice of engines of a powerful Caterpillar Tier IV C15 580 horsepower or optional Tier II C18 765 horsepower for export. As a heavy duty and mobile machine, the 2710D offers high throughputs in a reduced size.

Peterson’s three-stage grinding process provides a consistent product and better fracturing of material than previous models. Its patented impact release system airbags provides uniform grinding and protection from contaminated feedstock.

Its large feed opening is ideal for processing odd sized feedstock. The opening is among the largest in its class, measuring in at 60 by 32 inches, and offers a maximum lift of 42 inches.

Urethrane cushions and shear pins aim to protect the mill from catastrophic damage in the event of contaminated feedstock.

The 2710D also features a large grate area that enables it to produce materials to exact specifications. The quick change multiple grate system makes it easy to customise grate configurations and produce a range of finished materials. Grates can be removed through an easy access door on the side wall.

VIDEO: Terex TDS820 Slow Speed Shredder

The Terex TDS 820 features customisable shredding programs that give operators the opportunity to configure the machine to their specific requirements, reduce material wrapping and maximise production. Designed with independently-driven shafts, this double-shaft slow speed shredder is assured to give machine operators excellent performance in even the most challenging of applications.

 

For more information contact Finlay Screening, Crushing and Recycling Systems.

The behemoth single-shaft shredder

Applied Machinery’s BH Series heavy-duty single shaft shredder can be considered a “behemoth.”

The heavy-duty size reduction machine is designed for shredding a wide variety of materials with the powerful, wear resistant machine structure well suited to demanding recycling applications.

Applications include municipal solid, industrial and demolition waste, wood waste, plastics, alternative fuels and a range of other items.

Its v-cutting rotor design allows for staggered cutter positioning alongside heat treated and adjustable counter knives ensuring cutter clearance can be maintained.

A classifier screen enables accurate particle size control while a force feeding ram supports a precision machined chamber base with adjustable/replaceable brass guides.

The machine’s powerful electric drive motors, heavy duty oversized gearboxes and shock absorption system ensure smooth processing with improved performance. Its bearings, hydraulic opening design and electrical control panel mean the machine is robust and intuitive.

Other equally capable machines include GC Series Granulators, ideal for a range of materials such as plastics, rubber and fibres and K Series high performance single shaft shredders suitable for processing a wide range of materials.

Applied Machinery works with its customers to find the right machine for them, with a number of Genox shredders and granulators also available for niche applications.

Atritor Turbo Separator

The Atritor Turbo Separator was developed to separate products from their packaging, releasing them for recycling or disposal.

Available through Australian distributor Wastech Engineering, the Turbo Separator enables up to 99 per cent of dry or liquid products to be separated from their packaging with minimal contamination. This allows the contents to be used for compost, anaerobic digestion or animal feedstock. The Turbo Separator can be manufactured in a range of throughputs up to 20 tonnes per hour.

Additionally, the process is so efficient that it leaves the packaging relatively intact and clean to facilitate downstream recycling. According to Wastech, when compared to other methods of packaging separation, the Turbo Separator achieves higher separation efficiencies with lower power consumption, resulting in reduced operating costs.

The Turbo Separator is ideal for separating out of specification, out of date and mislabeled products from a variety of packaging, including cans, plastic bottles and boxes. The diverse range of applications includes the separation of paper from gypsum in plasterboard, general foodstuffs from their packaging and liquids from their containers.

It is available complete with infeed and outfeed conveyors and liquid transfer pumps. The Turbo Separator, with its durable construction and adjustable paddles, enables the separation of a wide variety of products. Each Turbo Separator installation can be configured to suit multiple applications and a variable shaft speed enables enhanced separation efficiency. The machine is available in mild steel and stainless steel to suit the application.

TOMRA Sorting’s near-infrared technology

TOMRA Sorting leverages near-infrared technology across a range of specialised products to increase revenues and reduce costs and the impact on the environment.

The near-infrared technology is ideal for packaging, municipal solid waste, thermoplastics, paper, commercial and industrial and construction and demolition waste, organic waste, refuse-derived fuel, bulky waste, wood and thermoplastics.

In particular the introduction of the laser object detection (LOD) now allows for sorting materials with no specific infrared signals.

Laser object detection sensors use a 3D laser system to physically detect items the spectrometer can’t detect. This now allows considerably improved removal of contaminants from various product streams.

Its multifunctional Autosort has been upgraded to include a user-friendly touchscreen to allow users to access various sorting programs.

Available through Australian supplier Cemac technologies, the company also offers select TOMRA technology to suit each application.

TOMRA Sorting’s Autosort flake combines colour detection with enhanced material and metal objects simultaneously to offer better purity and yield with the one machine.

Its Autosort fines was built to sort small fractions across multiple applications with a wider mechanical setup.

TOMRA Sorting’s Finder is able to target metal objects using patented z-tect technology which leverages artificial intelligence to detect and ignore disturbing noise and lead to a stable purity and high yield.

The Komptech Metalfex

Increasingly stringent standards for recycled organic waste products such as compost and mulch have driven demand for innovative separation solutions. While many products exist for ferrous metals separation, non-ferrous separators have largely been confined to stationary applications like materials recovery facilities. Komptech has responded with a mobile solution that combines ferrous and non-ferrous metal separation: the Komptech Metalfex.

Designed for conveyor feed, the Metalfex has a typical overband ferrous separator. It removes non-ferrous metals using an eddy current separator with eccentric pole system, discharging the metals and the cleaned fraction via two folding conveyors to the left and right of the machine. Like many of Komptech’s hybrid power units, the Metalfex’s components are electrically powered, either from the on-board diesel generator or from the grid. It is available in compact hooklift, easily manoeuvrable two-axle trailer or mobile site chassis versions.

The Metalfex can be used with shredded waste wood and bulk waste, industrial and commercial waste, household waste, mixed construction waste and shredder output. With its tough, powerful design, it can take input grain sizes up to 300 millimetres in an extremely wide range of materials.

The first Metalfex arrives in Australia later in 2019. ELB Equipment, Komptech’s distributor in Australia & New Zealand, is currently booking demonstrations.

Liebherr’s customised material handlers

The recycling industry is growing rapidly and changing at the same pace.

According to Liebherr, many waste disposal companies have developed from generalists to highly specialised recycling operations.

This has brought with it a whole new set of challenges to be met by the machines used in the recycling industry.

Liebherr acknowledges this and develops machines and equipment options for every need and application. The company manufactures many different components, including but not limited to engines, fuel injection systems and hydraulic cylinders, which have to be optimally configured for each other. Liebherr believes this diverse componentry experience allows it to offer extremely capable yet efficient machines.

Even when developing these components, the requirements of future applications are taken into account to ensure that Liebherr specialised machines are optimally prepared for every feasible working situation.

Liebherr material-handling machines are used for a wide variety of tasks in the recycling and waste management sector. Mobile material-handling machines, crawler material handlers, wheel loaders, dozers and crawler loaders all aim to sort, separate and load recyclables and solid waste quickly, reliably and efficiently. These materials include glass, metal, wood, paper and agricultural waste.

The new generation of Liebherr material handlers are adept at a wide range of tasks: feeding a conditioner or crusher, loading and unloading trucks and containers, sorting materials and waste products and piling up and moving materials of any kind.

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