Engineering finesse shaves downtime: Shred-Tech

Shred-Tech has released its ultra-high security STX-Line to the Australian market, revealing a unique feature which reduces the need for historically used technology.

Once a criminal catches wind of your personal information, the consequences can be destructive.

In the business world, document theft can be precarious, with both data security and intellectual property theft on the line.

Moreover, the erosion of customer trust can have serious financial and reputational consequences.

According to IBM Security’s Cost of a Data Breach Report, lost business was the biggest contributor to data breach costs. While the brave new world of digital opens up the immense risk of data breach, secure document destruction is an area within an operator’s sphere of influence and control.   

A high-performance shredding system can ensure businesses mitigate and eliminate the risks of fraud surrounding the disposal of paper-based and other physical documents.

High throughput and reliable pieces of technology leave less room for error, providing operators with the necessary peace of mind.

The European Union introduced General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, indicating the scale and seriousness of the issue. One of the implications is individuals can request companies reveal or delete personal data they hold.

Australian businesses of any size need to comply if they have an establishment in the EU, if they offer goods or services  in the EU or if they monitor the behaviour of individuals in the EU.

Additionally, the GDPR and Australian Privacy Act 1988 share a number of common requirements, including to implement a privacy by design approach to compliance and being able to demonstrate compliance with privacy principles and obligations. Moreover, adopting transparent information handling practices is another key trait.

Australian businesses may need to comply with the GDPR and if so, take steps to ensure their personal handling data complies with GDPR. Shredding with accuracy led data-conscious regulators to respond with the development of legislative standards such as DIN 66399 Level 4 (P-4) Protection Class 3.

The decades-long evolution of data protection has opened the door for companies like Shred-Tech to put their engineering finesse to the task, developing smarter and more efficient ways of doing business. Around 10 years ago, Shred-Tech released its ultra-high security STX-Line to the international market.

In 2013, the units evolved from a truck-based to plant-based operation, opening up a new round of capabilities. In the last few months, the machine has made it Down Under and is available in both systems for paper and other products, such as CDs, DVDs, ID cards and other forms of media.

This time round, the biggest innovation is a revolutionary dual mode system, allowing STX shredding units to switch between standard and high security modes at the touch of a button.

Justin Johns, Sales Manager at Shred-Tech Asia, says the activation of high-security mode produces an incredibly small DIN-certified shred size and maintains high throughputs. He says high-security mode reduces a reliance on screens or moving additional shredders in and out of position.

“When operators want to change the shred size using a screen shredder, they often have to shut down the machine, pull the screen out and insert a new screen, which can be a timely process,” Justin says.

“This is the first technology that is able to shred to a high security process on the fly.

‘The machine can switch from high-speed to high-security mode within seconds.”

In addition to productivity benefits, the technology can eliminate the need for users to purchase specialised machinery. Justin says the technology was designed by Shred-Tech engineers overseas. He helped drive the initial research and development phase just under 10 years ago which was driven by GDPR reform.

Moreover, he says it meets stringent DIN European standards emanating from GDPR and increases the operator’s competitive capabilities, helping them to take on new work.

Available in the ST-15 E and STX-1E models, the machines are powered by an electric drive and comprise knife widths of 15.3 millimetres and 9.3 millimetres respectively. For example, the ST-15E shredder achieves throughputs of up to 1134 kilograms per hour.

Justin says the unique design of the machined hex shafts maximises knife placement options and supports easy knife removal and machine maintenance. He says Shred-Tech’s hex shaft drive system offers one of the highest knife-tip cutting forces of any comparable shredder on the market.

“The motor and gearbox is finely tuned for maximum cutting force.”

The STX control panel has been designed and fabricated by certified Shred-Tech engineers and features a Siemens touchscreen, with simple operation and graphical feedback on machine status.

The programmable logic controller supports knife reversal on overload. Optional features comprise custom stands and hoppers, feed and discharge conveyors and explosion-proof motors.

Justin says that quality is supported by an extra heavy duty stand and hopper which can be fit in to existing customer installations.

Importantly, several design refinements have been made for ease of maintenance and to improve shredder durability. These include bulkhead walls at either end of the cutting chamber to support high-quality bearing and seal protection. The modular lightweight cast construction also allows for quick and easy assembly. Justin says the machine body was designed in-house and access to skilled Shred-Tech engineers means the sales department can work closely with the customer to solve their unique challenges.

“The idea behind it was because we wanted to make these machines global, we made maintenance minimal and able to be performed easily in-house without requiring specialised equipment,” Justin says.

“Through our head office in Ontario and manufacturing offices in Australia, US, the UK, Thailand and Japan, we have the capability to respond to our customers’ market needs quickly.”

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The hydraulic compaction model: Hyva Equipment

HSR Southern Cross details the long-time sustainability benefits of high spec compaction and energy efficiency, with help from Hyva Equipment.

The manufacturing sector is under renewed pressure to produce sustainably, with resource efficiency, energy consumption and the environmental cost of packaging taking centre stage in current climate and waste management discussions.

Hyva, an internationally transport solutions company, is taking this pressure seriously, having committed to playing an active role in the responsible minimisation of its operational environmental impacts.

To achieve this, Hyva has implemented lean and sophisticated production methods that not only offer substantial sustainability benefits via resource efficiency, but present cost and quality advantages as well.

In addition to streamlining production processes, Hyva has introduced waste registration systems, and works to actively promote the use of returnable and reusable packaging by their main original equipment manufacturer customers. One such customer is HSR Southern Cross, which has been operating as Hyva’s master waste product distributor for more than six years.

According to Martyn Cross, HSR Southern Cross Managing Director, Hyva’s commitment to sustainable practices is one of many reasons his company continues its relationship with the globally recognised brand.

“Founded over 40 years ago, Hyva is one of the leading international providers of innovative and efficient transport solutions for the waste and environmental management sector,” Martyn says.

“With 25,000 customers and over 40 per cent of the global hydraulic solutions market, the company operates in more than 130 countries. This means they can continue to innovative and provide solutions, such as the strongest front-end hydraulic telescope cylinder in the world, which was developed recently.”

Providing compaction solutions for a range of multinational waste companies, HSR Southern Cross operates primarily as a fabrication and engineering company, with a specialisation in hydraulics and auto electrical.

Servicing Veolia, Remondis, SUEZ and JJ Richards, Martyn says HSR’s relationship with Hyva allows them to provide products that facilitate higher payloads, longer lifespans and efficient and faster collections.

“Before working with Hyva, we identified a gap in the Australian market, whereby operators wanted to look at other models, due to a level of dissatisfaction with readily available compaction technology,” Martyn says.

“Hyva products are of a higher end spec and having been used extensively throughout Europe and the America’s, have demonstrated benefits for the waste and resource recovery industry.”

While HSR covers all of Hyva’s mounted truck equipment range, from cranes, hook loaders, skip loaders and hydraulics, Martyn highlights its new range of R-Line compactors as a particularly significant development for the Australian waste market.

“The new R-Line range comprises three models, each with different capacity ranges: from 6 to 24 cubic metre capacities,” Martyn says.

Constructed from high tensile and wearable steel in abrasive exposed areas, the units are extremely durable, he adds, facilitating a long operating life and associated return on investment.

“The range provides high collection efficiency via small diameter cylinders, which deliver faster operations and double pump for simultaneous operations of packer and bin lifter, while continuing to reduce vehicle tare weights. Higher payloads are also achieved through high compaction force and lightweight body design.”

The environmental credentials of the compactors are strong too, Martyn says, with complete rubber seals in the tailgate area, and sewage collection and drainage at the base of the container and tailgate.

“As an option, an electronically driven, plasticised canvas shuffle-plate can be added to the door to close off the loading area. This allows loading to be done manually by hydraulic bin lift or by skip lifters,” Martyn says.

Another benefit of HSR’s Hyva range, Martyn says, is that the engineering department at HSR integrates a Danfoss Plus 1 Intelligent Control System as a standard inclusion to the entire R-line compactor range.

“With the inclusion of the Danfoss Intelligent Control System come the benefits of reduced complexity of operations to service, maintenance and diagnostics and reduce energy consumption,” Martyn says.

“Using the Danfoss Intelligent Control System, the compactor knows how much pressure it is using and can ramp up or down depending on specific material needs.”

According to Martyn, HSR does not build to order, but to stock, meaning they maintain a range of Hyva R-Line Compactors and parts that can be customised to suit individual customer needs.

“With that in mind, we cover the whole range of truck mounted wheel loaders and compactors from six cubic metres all the way up to 24,” he says.

Martyn says all Hyva units are elaborately transformed HSR in Australia, which is helping to ensure future generations of Australian manufacturers benefit from their investment in local highly skilled labour in the Australian work force.

“We bring a super structure over, which we then use skilled Australian labour to transform and install hydraulics and electrics,” Martyn says.

“So, we always have a very high Australian manufacturing content in our machines.”

While Hyva waste products are distributed in Australia only by HRS HSR Southern Cross, Martyn says HSR’s nationwide dealership network means customers never have to wait for parts or servicing.

“We provide extensive after sales support, with dealerships in every state and territory other than the Northern Territory. Where our teams in QLD and WA are more than equipped to service that market,” he says

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Fed Govt’s $130B wage subsidy set to support six million workers

The Federal Government has announced a historic wage subsidy package in response to COVID-19, with over six million workers set to receive a flat payment of $1500 per fortnight through their employer, before tax.

According to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the $130 billion package will provide a lifeline to businesses “feeling the first blows of the economic impact from the coronavirus.”

“This is about keeping the connection between the employer and the employee, and keeping people in their jobs even though the business they work for may go into hibernation and close down for six months,” he said.

“When the economy comes back, these businesses will be able to start again, and their workforce will be ready to go because they will remain attached to the business through our JobKeeper payment.”

The payment will be paid to employers, for up to six months, for each eligible employee that was on their books on 1 March 2020 and is retained or continues to be engaged by that employer.

The program will commence 30 March, with businesses set to see payments from the first week of May as monthly arrears from the Australian Taxation Office.

“Eligible employers will be those with annual turnover of less than $1 billion who self-assess a reduction in revenue of 30 per cent or more, since 1 March 2020 over a minimum one-month period,” Mr. Morrison said.

“Employers with an annual turnover of $1 billion or more would be required to demonstrate a reduction in revenue of 50 per cent or more to be eligible. Businesses subject to the Major Bank Levy will not be eligible.”

According to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, Australia is going through one of the hardest economic times in its history.

“Businesses will close and people will lose their jobs. That is why we have doubled the welfare safety net. Australians know that their government has their back,” he said.

“This will keep Australian workers connected with their employer and provide hope and more certainty during these difficult and challenging times.”

The government will provide further updates on business cashflow support in coming days.

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Applications open for $149M environmental science program

The Federal Government is investing $149 million in environmental science targeting plastic waste, climate systems and a range of key environmental issues.

Applications are open for the National Environmental Science Program’s second phase, with interested organisations urged to submit proposals by 30 June.

According to a Department of Agriculture, Waste and the Environment statement, the program is designed to support decision-makers from across the Australian community build resilience, while achieving positive environmental, social and economic outcomes.

“The program represents a critical cross-cutting enabler that provides the evidence base for the design, delivery and on-ground monitoring of core government environmental commitments, and the basis for long-term environmental programs,” the statement reads.

Environment Minister Sussan Ley said phase two will build on past achievements through multi-disciplinary and applied research, consolidated into four hubs.

“The Sustainable Communities and Waste hub will deliver cutting-edge research on how to improve the liveability of our urban and rural environments, while delivering critical advice on how to reduce the impact of waste, chemicals and air pollutions on the environment, communities and the economy,” Ms Ley said.

According to program guidelines, the Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub will deliver research that supports targeted information and management tools to reduce the impact of plastic and other materials, and applied scenario modelling to support sustainable people-environment interactions in communities including liveability analysis.

Further criteria include projects delivering effective management options for hazardous waste, substances and pollutants throughout their lifecycle, and cross-hub coordination to support decision maker policy development, program management and regulatory processes in both marine and terrestrial environments.

Additional hubs include the Resilient Landscapes hub, Marine and Costal hub and Climate Systems hub.

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Fed Govt urges continued recycling

Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley is urging Australians to correctly sort their recycling, in an effort to support the waste management industry as it fulfils its role as “an essential environmental service.”

“With a national focus on hygiene, the role of waste and recycling companies and their workers servicing homes, hospitals, building sites and supermarkets underlines the Prime Minister’s declaration that everyone who has a job in this challenging economy is now an essential worker,” she said.

According to Ms Ley, waste companies are working with state and local governments to ensure services continue to meet the needs of all Australians in the wake of COVID-19.

“Help where you can by recycling and reducing waste. It’s our waste, it’s our responsibility,” she said.

Ms Ley’s statement follows earlier calls for industry support, with the National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) calling on state governments to provide waste and landfill levy relief to the sector.

NWRIC CEO Rose Read said levy relief is an obvious and necessary measure that can be implemented quickly.

“Specifically, we are asking state governments to waiver landfill levy doubtful debts, put on hold all planned levy increases for at least six months and where appropriate consider waiving current waste and landfill levies for the next three months,” she said.

“We are also asking state and local governments to be more flexible on certain facility license conditions so that social distancing to protect staff can be maintained, and collection time curfews be lifted so that bins can continue to be collected.”

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AORA Annual Conference rescheduled to November

In consideration of rapid COVID-19 developments, the Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA) has rescheduled its 2020 Annual Conference to 25 – 27 November.

According to an AORA statement, the venue will remain the same, with the conference taking place at the Crowne Plaza in NSW’s Hunter Valley.

“The health and safety of our members and attendees is our top priority, and after speaking to many of our partners, exhibitors, speakers and attendees, the overwhelming consensus is that postponing the event is the preferred outcome,” the statement reads.

“The program and arrangements made so far will remain in place. For attendees, exhibitors and sponsors, we will automatically transfer your booking to the rescheduled event. If these new dates pose a problem for you, AORA will provide a full refund of your booking.”

If delegates have booked accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, the hotel will automatically cancel the existing booking, with delegates encouraged to rebook at their convenience.

The Annual AORA Conference will feature workshops, presentations, a gala dinner, networking functions and an equipment demonstration day.

Plenary sessions will cover a common vision for the future of the industry, community engagement and informed opinion sessions on food organics and garden organics, carbon, in the field and what’s next.

For further inquires contact conference@aora.org.au.

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City of Parramatta trials Reconophalt roads

City of Parramatta Council in NSW is trialling two innovative sustainable road solutions aimed at reducing waste materials and combatting heat.

In the first of these trials, Chelmsford Avenue in Epping and Honor Street in Ermington were resurfaced with Reconophalt.

Manufactured by Downer, the product contains recycled soft plastics from plastic bags and packaging, waste glass and waste toner from used printer cartridges.

According to City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Bob Dwyer, single-use plastics and other waste materials are a growing problem for the region.

“Finding new ways to recycle and reuse materials means we can reduce the amount of waste that ultimately enters landfill,” he said.

“By taking tonnes of plastic and glass from local recycling plants and using it to create roads, we are able to turn trash into treasured infrastructure.”

Downer Pavements General Manager Stuart Billing said the equivalent of approximately 500,000 plastic bags, 165,000 glass bottles and 12,500 toner cartridges are diverted from landfill for every one kilometre of a two-lane Reconophalt road.

“Together with the City of Parramatta, we are creating new avenues to recycle and repurpose waste materials into new streams of use, and reducing the community’s reliance upon increasingly scarce virgin materials,” he said.

The project is partially funded through the NSW Planning, Industry and Environment Department’s ‘Waste Less, Recycle More’ initiative.

The second trial, which is being conducted in partnership with Blacktown and Campbelltown councils and Western Sydney University, will examine how lighter coloured roads can help reduce the amount of heat being absorbed and retained by roads on hot days.

“As Western Sydney can be several degrees hotter than suburbs in the east, it is crucial we explore ways we can keep our streets cooler – especially in the summer,” Mayor Dwyer said.

“Parramatta is going through an incredible period of growth and transformation, and council is dedicated to building a sustainable and innovative city that will meet the needs of our community well into the future. These road projects are just two examples of how we are achieving this.”

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