MRF adds excavator
A new Volvo EC55C compact excavator has been supplied by Howard Plant Sales to ISM Waste Services and Recycling to re-handle industrial, commercial, domestic and special waste materials at the company’s facility based at Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester. The newly acquired EC55C joins an L45F loading shovel which was supplied four years ago along with a fleet of 18 Volvo trucks, deployed in various applications including bulk waste haulage, skip lorries and roll-on-off demountable trucks.
Family-run ISM’s latest equipment investment follows the recent expansion and development of its MRF, which includes a two-tier picking line and a new trommel.
John Allen, operations director said: “As we have continued to expand our recycling facility to almost twice its existing size, we needed to invest in a medium sized compact excavator complete with selector grab to help pick and sort a variety of material. The EC55C offered us the best forward reach and the most spacious cab when we looked at models in the five to six tonne class and since we’ve had good service out of our L45F, which was our first piece of Volvo construction equipment, and taking third party advice, we decided to stick with the Volvo brand.”
The EC55C features a direct injection Volvo diesel engine, fuel efficiency and low emissions and noise.
The machine supplied to ISM has been equipped with optional X3 grab rotation hydraulics to power the selector grab. Equipped with a Pro Dem PSG400 selector grab, the machine’s primary duties are to pick and sort a variety of materials such as plastics, polythene, wood and cardboard from the receiving bays to aid better wholesale recycling on the picking line.
Better driver performance
O’Donovan Waste Disposal, based in London, is investing £80,000 in telematics monitoring equipment by Concepts-Online for its vehicles to help improve driver performance. The investment is part of the company’s commiment to set a benchmark for commercial vehicle management and support its Greener Vision Strategy.
Bespoke telematics technology has been fitted to each of the company’s 75 vehicles so that driver behaviour can be monitored in real time and driving patterns can be identified. Specifically the new equipment will enable O’Donovan to analyse driving style, speed, braking, cornering and idling. The data obtained will allow O’Donovan to train and educate its drivers on the most economical, safe and green driving techniques.
Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director, said: “With technology at the forefront of everyday transportation, telematics systems bring real benefits for both fleet managers and drivers alike, helping them do their jobs more effectively and safely as well as being more environmentally friendly.”
The £80,000 investment will be spent over the next three years.
Bobcat will soon begin the transition to meet EU Stage IIIB/Stage IV emission regulations for machines in Europe greater than 37 kW (50 HP).
This has resulted in significant changes to engine design, added components and unique service requirements and the incorporation of non-diesel particulate filter (DPF) Stage IIIB/Stage IV compliant Bobcat branded engines in selected Bobcat machines.
New non-DPF engines built by the Doosan Infracore Engine Business Group will be added to selected Bobcat machines in 2015. There will be three engine models in the range from 37 kW (50 HP) to 74 kW (99 HP), with the engines used in 500, 600, 700 and 800 platform Bobcat loaders, except for the S510 and S530 models. The new compact engines have been subjected to successful trials, involving more than 140,000 hours of testing.
Bobcat will continue to use Kubota engines in selected machines in the range and will provide parts and honour warranties on machines previously sold with Kubota engines.
Gas-to-grid maximises food waste resources
ReFood, owned by Saria, has opened what is said to be the UK’s largest gas-to-grid plant of its kind and the second anaerobic digestion (AD) plant for the company.
The Widnes plant will recycle 120,000 tonnes of commercial and domestic food waste and liquids, and generate up to 180 million KWh of biomethane a year. This will be transported directly to the national grid.
Andy Smith, chief executive of Saria, said: “I’m delighted to add ReFood Widnes to our portfolio of food waste recycling technologies. It will operate as a showcase for both the ReFood brand and the AD industry in the UK and Europe as a whole.
“Food waste offers such important potential as a resource, that we must maximise this through the use of innovative technologies.”
ReFood Widnes serves businesses and councils in a 50-mile radius. Collections are made using a sanitised bin swap service, so that clean bins can be sited in kitchens and waste is separated at source.Pictured at the opening of the plant are (from left): Norbert Rethmann, honorary chairman of Rethmann Group; Ellen Cargill, deputy mayor; and Anthony De Mulder, director of Saria.
AIR COMPRESSORS OPERATE IN DUAL MODE
Doosan Portable Power has launched two new Stage IIIB portable air compressors. Its 7/125-10/110 and 14/90 models replace the previous Stage IIIA 7/120, 9/110, 10/105 and 14/85 models.
The 7/125-10/110 model has a new dual mode feature as standard, with a choice of two pressure and flow ratings on the same machine. By pushing a button on the keypad, the operator can switch between a low pressure mode and a high pressure mode. This replaces the need to choose between different models and offers greater operational flexibility from the same machine.
Meanwhile the 14/90 model is available for higher pressure applications and can be supplied with a traditional dual pressure switch as an option.
Switches have been replaced by keypads on the new models and they also include a new MidPort interactive digital display. This allows users to see selected engine and airend temperatures and pressures as well as features such as fan speed and engine load.