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.

Act Bins’ hooklift manufacturing

ACT Bins manufactures hooklift bins in various sizes from four cubic metres up to 40 with four-five and six- millimetre walls. This aims to provide superior strength and durability.

According to ACT Bins, its bins are some of the strongest on the market, with floors, doors and rows of 100 by 80 millimetres and a 100-by-100 millimetre channel down the sides and under the floor.

All the reinforcing joins along both sides are fully welded and have a 10-millimetre plate added to each side of the joins for extra strength.
ACT Bins uses a 50-millimetre steel shaft for the hooklift pin and 22-millimetre side plates and 10-millimetre gussets to reinforce the front A-frame. The door hinges are 30-millimetre steel shafts. The locking mechanism has 12-millimetre steel plates. For extra security, the company notes a ratchet lock can also be added at minimal cost. Both sides of the bin have 100-millimetre chamfers

along the full length of the floor to help reduce dirt or contents build-up. As an optional extra, the company can accommodate any AS2700 colour choice with two top coats of high-quality industrial enamel paint. Stencilling and welded serial numbers can also be arranged.

All bins are welded to Australian standards and available with a range of modifications to suit a customer’s requirements, such as rated crane lift pad eyes, oversize fork pockets or top swing watertight doors.

Applied Machinery’s plastic washing systems

Applied Machinery’s plastic washing systems are designed for high performance recovery of rigid or flexible plastics derived from a variety of sources.

The modular systems tackle HDPE bottles, PE films, PP woven bags and PET bottles.

Depending on the application, the plants may comprise a bale breaker, infeed conveyor belt, pre-shredder for wet or dry size reduction, pre-washer to remove sands and dirt and screw washer.

Other features may include a hot washing tank with alkaline (caustic) soda to remove glues and oils, a sink float separation tank to remove non-contaminants and granulator for wet granulation and washing. For high speed washing or material scrubbing, a horizontal friction washer can be applied. In addition, centrifugal dryers, screw presses, thermal drying systems, zig zag classifiers and bag stations are also plant features.

The correct combination, sizing and equipment configuration of the equipment results in a reliable, efficient plastic recycling system producing high-quality materials ideal for sale.

Typical designs cover a PE washing system for recycling materials to high purity and low moisture, such as post-consumer HDPE bottles (with labels), drums and containers and LDPE and LLDPE products.

A PP woven bag recycling line offers a system that minimises the quantities of fines created and keeps material loss to a minimum.

The PET bottle washing system recovers labels and caps from soft drinks and water bottles and produces a clean, uniform-sized PET flake with low moisture levels.

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JCB’s 427/437 Wheel Loader

JCB’s 427 and 437 wheel loaders was designed for heavy-duty applications, increased loading and drivetrain productivity with high torque. The latest wheel loaders from JCB have followed an extensive endurance and rig testing for superior structural strength and durability. 

JCB 427 and 437’s front chassis has been strengthened with additional ribs and gussets for maximum service life. With high power and torque, the machines meet Tier 4 final/stage IV emissions legislation without the need for a diesel particulate filter. 

A powerful twin variable displacement piston pump hydraulics supports 252 loads per minute for fast cycles and excellent multi-function capability. 

Operators can choose their ideal loading arm with a Z-bar linkage for high breakout applications or high torque for parallel lift and multi-attachment use. 

The latest generation loader driveline comes standard with the Australian specification and includes a number of new features, including auto lock axles known as ERGO traction. This automatically locks the front axle when required enabling the loader to operate on any surface. 

The efficient design incorporates a hydraulic cooling fan to automatically react to ambient temperature and adjust the fan speed to optimise fuel and energy consumption. Eco-mode caps the engine speed at 1800 revolutions per minute. The wheel loaders are also ergonomic with the CommandPlus feature offering a user-friendly interface.Maximum uptime with low maintenance long intervals are achieved via easy access diesel exhaust fluid tanks and fluid levels, engine oils and coolant accessed from inside the cab.   

PRONAR MPB 20.55 mobile trommel screener

The Pronar MPB 20.55 leverages easy-to-use electronic controls that allow the operator to tailor the operation parameters for material separation. 

The MPB 20.55 is suited to work with a wide range of materials, including soil, compost, municipal waste, coal, aggregate and biomass.

Available through supplier Lincom Group, the Pronar aims to be quick and easy to transport with a track undercarriage allowing for free movement around the yard. Two track speeds allow precise adjustment of the machine’s position for maximum efficiency. 

A totally autonomous drive system allows for trouble-free operations without any additional towing machines require. 

The machine has a 5.5-metre length and 2.0-metre diameter sieving drum, which can be replaced without removing parts of the machine.  

Wide-opening covers provide instant accessibility to mechanisms and fast switching of screening drums when it is required to change the mesh size. 

The MPB 20.55 motor and the hydraulic pump unit are placed on a hinged trolley. This allows for fast and easy maintenance access to the motor unit, hydraulic system and hopper.

The key features and benefits are an easy drum change with replacement drums available with round or square holes and variable drum thicknesses to meet operator needs. 

The engine and hydraulic system are mounted on a pull-out frame for easy access maintenance.

 A magnetic roller allows ferrous metals to be removed and can be mounted on rear and side discharge conveyors. 

Komptech drum screens from ELB Equipment

ELB Equipment offers a variety of drum screens to handle compost, wood/biomass, soil and gravel and other wastes.  

Komptech’s Cribus series uses an innovative drum design with a diameter of 2.2 metres for a higher throughput capacity than previous models. 

A larger cross section of feeding aims to avoid blockages, while a bigger distance of 140 millimetres between the screening drums and side walls allows for perforations of up to 100 millimetres, which reduces the dangers of material deposits. 

The Cribus boasts significant energy savings with everything driven electrically from the hopper to the discharge system. The electric drive aims to offer higher efficiency than hydraulics and up to 75 per cent savings when operating with mains. Other benefits include a quick and safe drum change.

Komptech’s Nemus series aims to get started faster with a convenient discharge, drum change within 20 minutes, simpler maintenance and more screening from the same area. The Nemus 2700 is a hydraulic machine ready to work within five minutes, with a run out that supports and unlocks the oversize conveyor and folds out the conveyors for screening. 

From heavy dirt to bulky green cuttings, the hopper takes a broad scope of material into the drum. The machine comprises more than five cubic metres of volume and a drum-side hopper drive for better power transfer, higher performance and no belt slippage with heavy materials. Maintenance aims to be easy with the engine compartment accessible from all sides. 

Volvo EC250D and EC300D excavators

Volvo EC250D and EC300D excavators have been designed to operate with faster cycle times and greater productivity than previous models.

With this in mind, the machines offer operators a seven to 10 per cent increase in fuel efficiency.

The company’s D7 diesel engine seamlessly integrates with all excavator systems, with the premium, six-cylinder engine delivering high performance and low fuel consumption. Auto engine shutdown, ECO mode and a fuel consumption display all contribute to fuel efficiency.

Volvo incorporates a smart hydraulic system which increases controllability, offering smoother and easier movement when travelling and lifting simultaneously. The harmonised boom and arm movement also works to offer better grading.

To enable a better working environment, the D-series cab comprises a I-ECU monitor for machine status information, a climate control system to set the ideal temperature and a rollover protective structure for increased operator safety.

The easy maintenance design incorporates safe and easy access centralised filters and grouped greasing points. The radiator, charged air cooler and hydraulic oil cooler are situated side by side on a single layer to maximise efficiency, reduce blockages and aid cleaning.

A fully sealed electrical distribution box contains all fuses and relays, working to protect against dirt and moisture for more machine uptime.

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