Astec’s AMS FT2618VM Fast Trax high frequency screening plant

Astec’s AMS FT2618VM Fast Trax high frequency screening plant was designed to work with track crushers for use in tight spots.

The AMS FT2618VM comes with a double deck PEP Vari-Vibe high frequency screen, suitable for a wide range of applications, from crushed stone to reclaimed asphalt pavement. The PEP Vari-Vibe high frequency screen comes in a 6’ x 18’ top deck and 6’ x 12’ bottom deck for improved screen production. High frequency screens offer many advantages when compared to conventional screens, from higher production capabilities to more efficient sizing. Astec Australia says the track screening plant provides the highest screen capacity in the market for material separation, with a size range of 25mm to 0.6mm.

The FT2618VM features a self-contained diesel power with a standard wireless remote for on-site movement. Higher production capacity is achieved by a strong screen vibration directly applied to the screen media. The high number of vibrating revolutions per minute allows material to stratify and separate at a much faster rate than conventional screens.

Other advantages of the FT2618VM include vinyl dust cover, which provides dust control and cleaner air in the work area. Quick setup times give producers more time to produce material, while central grease points make routine services easier.

CRS KF 44-18 Kinetic Flow Screen: Lincom Group

The flip flow technology of the KF 44-18 allows recyclers, materials recovery facilities and the waste management industry to extract greater volumes of recyclable fine materials from waste streams.

The machine aims to extract these volumes after a primary screening for blending or further separation as single-size saleable material. The increased extraction of recyclables also works to reduce tip-to-landfill volumes, while lowering transport costs and landfill tax, according to Australian distributor Lincom Group. It also contributes to environmental preservation in the long-term.

Based on the kinetic flow principle, the machine produces an aggressive ‘pitch, throw and action’ that results in clean fines material. A screening area of 1.80m x 4.4mm provides a high throughput and the self-cleaning Vulkalon D15 screen elements can be replaced easily.

The CRS KF 44-18 Kinetic Flow Screen works in a range of applications, including: fine mixed C&D waste (0-80mm); mixed organic waste, damp and sticky materials such as powders, soils and sand, shredded mulch or organic materials.

Some of the notable features include a simple three-stage set up, a rapid conversion from three-way split to two-way split and a smart design to minimise weight while keeping strength and robustness intact. An open chassis design also aims to provide extensive access below screen to aid mesh changes. A variable speed feeder features heavy duty rollers, a rigid hopper structure and folding hopper extensions.

IVECO’s ACCO endures test of time

The ACCO can trace its origins way back to 1952 when the International Harvester Company of Australia produced the country’s first locally-designed and built truck.

Developed specifically for the Australian army as a tough, go anywhere, 4×4 rigid, it wasn’t too long before the truck entered the civilian world and became favourable across a broad range of applications.

From tipper work, general haulage, emergency service, refuse and prime mover work, and everything in between, IVECO notes the ACCO entrenched itself as an Australian trucking industry icon, evolving over the years to offer a vast range of model choices, a selection of petrol and diesel engines and in 1971 – an automatic transmission.

In 1972 the ‘ACCO A’ was born, featuring an all-new cabin, a proven structure that can still be seen in the current model ACCOs. The sturdy steel cabin was years ahead of its time, having already met ECE-R29 safety requirements (decades before mandated), while IVECO says the total vehicle package was lauded for its reliability, dependability and ease of service and maintenance.

Despite numerous iterations since the 50s, the company says sophistication and technology features remain core traits of the ACCO range, making it a staple of demanding applications such as waste collection.

AMCS Wastedge Weighbridge Module

AMCS Wastedge has launched the first of a number of new modules for its Wastedge software with the release of its Wastedge Weighbridge Module.

The module aims to provide fleet operators with a range of options to capture their vehicle weight data. The weighbridge module can use Wi-Fi, serial (RS-232) or Ethernet network connection, so that the application can connect to the scale for automated weights captured against registered vehicles or one-time visit public vehicles. Support for tare weights of known vehicles – the weight of an empty vehicle – is included in the system.

A number of the most common weighbridge protocols used in Australia are supported as standard with the solution. With the module, users can process environmental protection authority levies or extra charges for tyres, mattresses and special material rates per customer or hauler with a range of pricing options. Weight field selection is automated based on regular vehicle or related waste-type transaction defaults. It supports weight measurements such as gross in or gross out to support typical transfer station operations.

The weighbridge module is available to use with the latest 8.4 release of Wastedge. The weighbridge gatehouse software module runs as a fully standalone solution on any Windows computer, whether it is a stand-alone desktop computer at the weighbridge office, or any Windows tablet.

The weighbridge module can also accumulate material movement summaries per waste or recycle stream into site totals and diversion percentages. The module supports account customers, haulers and outbound deliveries and cash on delivery receipts.

Further features to come onstream with the solution will be integrated EFTPOS payments for users who need to take payments on the weighbridges.

The module marks the first in a number of new features due for release in the Wastedge software platform in the coming months.

CMA Ecocycle’s battery recycling program

More than 90 per cent of dead batteries, which equates to hundreds of thousands a year, are ending up in landfill, according to CMA Ecocycle. The material only adds to Australia’s waste problem and increases the risk of toxic chemicals polluting the environment. It’s also a waste of valuable and reusable resources.

CMA Ecocycle recycles all types of batteries, including lead acid, alkaline batteries, AA, AAA, C&D, nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride and lithium ion and button cell. The organisation is able to safely recover mercury, lead, silver, nickel, cadmium, steel and plastic.

For businesses generating larger volumes of battery waste, including enough to fill a two-litre container each year, the organisation offers a tailor-made solution to suit the battery waste stream. For smaller cell-type and button batteries, this may include a large collection bucket. Other options are available as required for larger batteries such as car batteries.

In the case of battery collection buckets, a single charge covers delivery, pickup and recycling costs. Bins are charged according to bin capacity (additional charges may apply outside metropolitan area), minus any payment for the scrap value of the batteries. In the case of car batteries, businesses may end up with cash in hand.

CMA Ecocycle delivers the empty collection buckets or bins to a business’ door, ready to start collecting their batteries for recycling. Once the buckets or bins are full, CMA Ecocycle can be called to arrange pickup.

Terra Select W80 Windsifter

Terra Select brings the latest in separation technology with its W80 Windsifter. The W80 is capable of separating some of the heaviest materials in a variety of applications, from biomass production to waste and recycling. It allows for the separation of stones from timber, fibro from timber/bricks in construction and demolition waste and plastics or paper contaminants from valuable recoverable materials.

This German engineered and built windsifter has a European 81kW drive, with Tier 4 fuel efficiency and a 45kW pressure fan. It is equipped with a metering roller for even continuous infeed of materials, coupled with a positive-fitting drive system. The W80 windsifter offers the ability to fine tune its configuration via taps and ducts and to optimise clean fractions. An optional light fraction discharge conveyor belt is also available.

With variable setting options, the Terra Select W80 windsifter can be used for heavy as well as lighter separating functions and has a production rate of up to 120 m3 per hour. This windsifter has an ample 5.5 m3 of feed hopper capacity and a 3700mm hopper width for easy loading. It weighs in at 15,400kg.

GCM Enviro is the exclusive distributor for Terra Select Windsifters and Trommel Screens in Australia.

Leica RCD30 airborne camera

As technological changes advance the landfill industry, Landair Surveys, a leading surveying firm in Australia, has introduced a new generation of aerial surveying solutions for its landfill clients.

With the latest purchase of the ultra-modern Leica RCD30 airborne camera for photogrammetric and remote sensing applications, the surveyors at Landair Surveys say they have redesigned the whole end-to-end aerial surveying solution, slashing their turnaround time by more than 60 per cent and introducing a whole range of new services. Ray Cox, a director at Landair Surveys, says some of the benefits for landfill operations include: higher quality and more geometrically accurate imagery; shorter processing time; near infrared imagery; reduction of site access risks; increased reliability and additional data deliverables.

“For better imagery, the aerial camera has a fully calibrated lens and is attached to a gyro-stabilised mount correcting level fluctuations and drift. Unlike drone imagery, camera distortions are isolated and removed from the images instead of being propagated throughout the final data,” Ray says.

By integrating cloud-based IT solutions, Ray says Landair has slashed the processing time required between collecting data and processing it, and with highly-efficient software packages urgent projects can be completed the next day.

“In terms of near infrared imagery, the NIR band is collected at the same time as the normal colour imagery and can be used to monitor landfill vegetation health. This can be particularly useful in monitoring capped landfills for potential liner failures,” Ray says.

Through the use of accurate real-time GPS measurements for each image capture, the need for on-site ground control points is also significantly reduced.

Ray adds that future flyovers will be less dependent on weather conditions. Thanks to the better camera sensor, imagery can be captured in less favourable lighting conditions. Finally additional data is on hand through large area point-cloud and textured mesh data sets, which can be generated allowing high-resolution 3D visualisation and measurements.


IVECO’s Special Vehicle Authorisations

To meet a customer’s specifications, trucks may need to undergo costly and time-consuming post-production reworks or have additional work done at the body builders.

Through its local manufacturing facility, IVECO Australia is able to address this situation by offering much greater customisation or ‘Special Vehicle Authorisations’ (SVA) on its Australian-manufactured ACCO, Powerstar and Stralis models.

IVECO Product Engineering Teams have been designing and building SVA vehicles at the company’s Melbourne manufacturing facility for more than 55 years, commonly making modifications to areas such as chassis rail dimensions and layouts, drive axles, steer axles, wheels and tyres along with bodybuilder-specific requirements.

Marco Quaranta, IVECO ANZ Product Manager, says its Engineering Team is on hand to offer expert advice and assistance throughout the process of owning an SVA vehicle.

Below is a list of the most common IVECO SVAs on Powerstar, ACCO and selected Stralis models:

Chassis Rail Dimensional Characteristics: Wheelbase, rear overhang and reinforcement type.

Chassis Rail Layout (type, size/volume and location): Fuel tank(s), AdBlue tank, air tanks, exhausts, battery boxe(s) and cross member locations.

Bodybuilder-specific requirements: Chassis rail packaging, extra drillings for bodybuilder-mounted components.

Drive Axles: Axle model, suspension type, brake type, wheel ends, slack adjusters, Ackermann geometry.

Wheels: Steel or alloy, polished or non-polished, 285 or 335mm.

Tyres: Size, brand and tread pattern.

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 from 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 50mm to 500mm (2” to 20”) 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 500mm minus or a finished product of 50mm 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 35mm up to 220mm.