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System pins down ELVs to cut out their valuable innards

Specialist manufacturer Powerhand designs and makes attachments for recycling, sawmill and railway applications from it Scottish base.

One of its major sectors is the vehicle recycling sector, and its VRS 200 is designed for dismantling end-of-life vehicles (ELVs). Although a four-tine scrap grab will allow extraction of the engine, much of the added value materials are left behind.

The VRS is a two-part hydraulic-operated system for mounting on an excavator or materials handler, offering a combination of power and dexterity. High-power hydraulic cylinders and a high torque rotation unit gives the VRS the power to dissect a vehicle effortlessly.

Clamp arms pin down the ELV to allow the grapple to pull valuable materials away systematically from the lower value body shell. Knife blades on the clamp arms allow engine and transmission assemblies to be split from the engine block.

The grapple features a slender, plier-like shape providing an unbroken line of sight from the operator to the ELV, allowing valuable materials such as the copper wiring loom to be extracted.

Removal of the heavy steel axle and suspension parts can be done using the precision of the shear on the side of the VRS grapple. It cuts through the suspension mount leaving only one side attached. Then the rotation unit can simply ‘corkscrew’ the remaining suspension mount away from the body to produce the added value of the heavy steel.

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