What is your product?
The Powerhand VRS Vehicle Recycling System.
Where would it ideally be used?
The VRS was developed in response to a local vehicle recycling company’s requirements. It needed a machine for the disassembly of vehicles in order to obtain the maximum return of materials and high value parts from each vehicle, with the job done quickly, safely and efficiently.
How does it work?
The machine combines dexterity with strength and is capable of removing large parts such as engines, gearboxes and axles from vehicles but has the nimbleness to access wiring looms, starter motors and alternators. A vehicle can basically be stripped in its entirety from the seat of the excavator.
What benefits does it offer?
A tremendous amount of work was done to produce the ideal shape and design of grapple to gain the features mentioned above.
The machine is based on a standard excavator and consists of a robust 360 degree high power rotation grapple with side shears which operate like large pliers to remove and cut parts out of the vehicle.
The excavator is also fitted with spider legs which have the function of holding down the vehicle while the grab plucks out parts. But they are also capable of moving sideways and are fitted with a range of tools from cutting shears for the separation of gearboxes and alloy cylinder heads from cast engine blocks, to wire strippers for removal of terminals and fuse boxes from copper wires, and engine holding clamps for firm gripping of engines whilst parts are plucked off by the grapple.
Where has it been used?
The first new VRS machine is working in a vehicle recycling yard, D A Autoparts in Dumfries, and is proving to be both a mechanical and financial success in the operation of getting higher value materials from each scrapped vehicle.
What about maintenance?
The VRS machine is manufactured from high strength alloy steels with low cost maintenance and is designed to last the life of the excavator on which it is mounted.
How is it future-proofed?
The first VRS machine is being monitored for any potential improvements with only some slight modifications planned for future machines. The greatest gains in productivity come from driver techniques as he becomes familiar with the machine and the best ways to remove parts from each type of vehicle.
Any future applications?
The VRS is the first in a planned family of machines and compliments our Powerhand range of grapples and other excavator attachments.
How many have you sold and where?
D A Autoparts is already planning its second machine and further machines are also currently on order with other vehicle recycling yards.
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