Morgan Bennett Machinery has been distributing a glass crusher which aims to reduce wear costs for materials recovery facilities.
Morgan Bennett visited a number of materials recovery facilities for more than 12 months, and found a prevailing pattern on how they treat their glass.
“There’s a lot of materials recovery facilities (MRFs) using horizontal shaft impactors leading to high wear costs in the thousands of dollars. One MRF has turned off their glass crushing circuit due to too high crusher wear,” Morgan explains.
As Managing Director of Morgan Bennett Machinery, a company with more than two decades’ experience in supplying and manufacturing equipment, Morgan looked to identify a product that would be more commercially viable for councils.
That’s when Morgan came across the REMco GlassMax Grinder, a vertical shaft impactor that had been used successfully in the quarrying industry. REMco GlassMax crushers and grinders are designed for reducing bottles, plate glass or any type of waste glass into powder or coarser sizes. The unique high-performance chambers and rotor options allow for high velocity reduction.
Morgan says the product’s use overseas, initially in California, meant it would be highly suitable in Australia.
“The machines are autogenous which means crushing is glass on glass with minimal wear parts. Because glass is abrasive, it works much better than conventional impactors with blow bars,” he says.
The crushers operate from 30 horsepower and above and Morgan says the GlassMax Grinder is a unique product now sold in Australia.
The machines are available in fully autogenous models for low cost operations and fine cullet. Semi-autogenous versions are also available for medium cost configuration for larger feeds and hard parts-type-versions for the coarsest feeds and maximum reduction in a single pass.
“The REMco machines are very robust and built for ease of maintenance and servicing by simply removing the four lid wedges and hydraulic lifting lid from the pendant control.”
He says a 300 horsepower machine has already been sold to a Sydney based glass recycler and the product is generating a lot of interest from established MRFs.
The end products from glass crushing include glass sand, decorative stones, concrete and abrasive blasting. Pulverised cullet can also be reintroduced to a furnace to produce new glass containers.
The reduction ratio is calculated as the relationship between maximum feed size to the desired product size. Generally the bigger the grinder, the larger its feed size. The grinders can be operated in an open or closed circuit, with closed circuits producing the best results.
The REMco GlassMax incorporates unique design features such as non-metallic liners to minimise contamination, higher speed bearings and rotors and internal dust control.
Standard features include hydraulically lifted hopper for a top service, wedge-type chamber locking, extra heavy duty steel fabrication, vibration and temperature monitoring and a range of other features.
Optional accessories are a service crane for maintenance, an electric hoist for ease of service, ski mounting for convenient relocation and structural steel support legs.
That’s not to mention SmartBox remote monitoring, custom discharge hoppers, extended warranties, performance guarantees and dust collection systems.
Morgan Bennett Machinery also offers purchase or purchase hire arrangements.