Recycling rare earths to make new magnet alloys
US scientists are working on methods to use recycled rare earth elements in magnets.
The Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is testing ways of removing neodymium from the mix of materials in magnets. It follows rare earth prices increasing 10-fold between 2009 and 2011.
Ames Laboratory scientist Ryan Ott said: “The goal is to make new magnet alloys from recycled rare earths. And we want those new alloys to be similar to alloys made from unprocessed rare earth materials.
“The processing technique appears to work well by effectively removing rare earths from commercial magnets.”
Ott’s research team is funded through a work for others agreement with the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology.
Ott said the next step is to optimise the extraction process. Then the team plans to demonstrate it on a larger scale.
Early user of highest capacity JCB Loadall
Hampshire-based M Collard Waste Management Services has become one of the first buyers of the JCB 550-80 Wastemaster Loadall telescopic handler.
M Collard is using the model at its facility in Yateley, where it recycles materials returned from its skip hire business.
The 550-80 Wastemaster has been purpose-built by JCB in response to demand for a machine with high lift performance at reach and rapid loading cycles.
It is JCB’s highest capacity Loadall, with an 8m lift height and a five-tonne maximum lift capacity. The 550-80 has been specifically designed for bulk handling operations in heavier duty waste applications.
Mick Collard, director of M Collard Waste Management Services, said: “When we saw the 550-80 Wastemaster being demonstrated we knew it was the model we wanted. It is a front-line machine, in use from the beginning to the end of the day, and without it we could not do the job as effectively.”
Remanufactured vehicle at half the cost of new
Scottish waste management firm Binnwaste Management is refreshing its fleet with remanufactured vehicles from Gloucestershire-based specialist Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS).
Binnwaste, located near Glenfarg in Perthshire, has a fleet of more than 30 vehicles, most of which were purchased new direct from the manufacturers. But it ordered a 2008 Dennis Elite 2 with 2005 remanufactured Phoenix 2 body and Beta Trade Lift from RVS.
Mark Cairns, Binnwast transport manager, said: “When we visited RVS, we were impressed with what we saw. We ordered a vehicle and got a brilliant motor for half the cost of a new one. It was delivered in less than nine weeks.
“We are already planning to order another vehicle. If RVS can continue to provide this standard of vehicle and service, then there is no reason for us to go elsewhere.”
Aromatic-free tyres added to distributor’s range
Grantham-based Vacu-Lug has been appointed sole UK distributor for West Lake truck and bus radial tyres. The move sees nine product lines added to the Lincolnshire firm’s portfolio.
With a choice of 17.5in, 19.5in and 22.5in rim diameters, West Lake tyres are suitable for drive and steer axle applications for light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles.
West Lake is one of the first global manufacturers to produce an entirely aromatic-free range of tyres. All West Lake tyres are fully compliant with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals Directive.
Vacu-Lug managing director Tim Hercock said: “We are delighted to add West Lake to our growing range of tyres and associated tyre fleet management services.
“West Lake manufactures a quality product to the highest environmental standards, and we are delighted to now be able to offer this cost-effective brand to the UK’s transport operators.”
Wheeled loader responds with fifth gear
Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment has launched the DL300-3 large wheel loader.
The DL300-3 has a bucket capacity of 3cu m and is aimed at a wide range of materials handling applications, from loading and transporting granular material to industrial, mining and quarrying uses.
It is powered by a nine-litre Scania DC09 five-cylinder diesel engine, which delivers a maximum power output of 202kW at 1,800rpm.
The wheel loader meets Stage IIIB emission regulations through the use of selective catalytic reduction and diesel particulate filter after-treatment technologies.
The new ZF five-gear transmission improves the transfer of power from the engine to the wheels. Five gears provide better response and acceleration than previous four-gear versions, especially on slopes.
The large wheel loader has three engine working modes - eco, normal and power - to adapt the machine to different applications. Its operator can manually adjust to the next highest working mode when needed - for example if taking material from a pile - by applying a full stroke of the accelerator pedal.
Pressure, temperature and engine speed can be monitored in realtime.