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Germany’s giant show


This year’s IFAT show in Munich promises to be bigger and is offering a number of innovations.

Following two years of construc­tion work to increase the number of exhibition halls at the trade fair site, two newly built halls (C5 and C6) will be used for the first time at the environmental technologies show IFAT 2018. As a result, the organisers say it will cover a record 260,000sq m of exhibition space.

As part of its expansion, changes have been made to the layout of the exhibition. The Waste & Secondary Raw Materials section will be located in halls at the eastern end of the fairground, while the Water & Sewage section will occupy halls at the western end. Separate open-air sites will be attached to both sections.

Stefan Rummel, managing director of IFAT organiser Messe München, said: “With this clear arrangement according to themes, visitors will find their way around more easily and quickly. Our cus­tomers will therefore be able to reach all the key companies of interest to them more efficiently.”

More than 3,100 companies will be exhibiting over the five days of the show. They will be show-casing their latest solutions and strategies for using resources in ways that ensure their long-term preservation.

The modern circular economy (CE) will be one of the major top­ics under discussion at IFAT 2018. The following questions will be covered: How can waste products be avoided? How can secondary raw materials be used more in the circular economy? And what types of technology will be needed to make this happen?

Current EU legislation, such as the CE package, will also be dis­cussed by experts.

The show is aimed at both municipal authorities and indus­try, with exhibitors showcasing green technologies that enable production processes to be more sustainable, save on cost and allow firms to stay competitive in the long term.

Product innovations at the show

unisort film

unisort film

Automated film sorting

Fully automated sorting of plastic films share one characteristic: they are hard to sort automatically. In Steinert’s experience, they lift off from the conveyor belts of con­ventional sorting units, fly about and cannot be reliably detected by camera systems.

To tackle this issue, the German company developed the UniSort film sorting machine.

Above the conveyor belt, the machine has a ‘calming tunnel’, which produces a gentle airflow just strong enough to press the plastic films down to the belt and hold them in place. This means that recyclers are able to work with conveyor speeds of up to 5m/sec and increase the sorting throughput.

A light illuminates the conveyor belt and the light is reflected to a near-infrared (NIR) camera for software to analyse the spectrum and therefore identify the type of plastic. According to Steinert, this system allows for the fully auto­matic sorting of several tonnes an hour of plastics, with a success rate of up to 99 %.


Under the brand name Schmidt, ASH Group is introducing a fully electric sweeper. Both the drive and the sweeping unit of the eSwingo 200+ are entirely pro­pelled by electric power.

Its powerful rechargeable bat­tery has a capacity of more than 60kWh, allowing for work assign­ments of up to 10 hours without recharging. Its sweeping power is equivalent to the power of a model with diesel engine but is almost silent thanks to the electric drive.

ASH says that due to the longer life cycle, the overall costs of the eSwingo 200+ are not higher than those of the diesel version.

One possible application for the light and agile skip handler from vehicle and machine plant com­pany FX Meiller is waste disposal on construction sites and in com­panies with difficult access.

Their low overall height allows the AK7 and the AK10 to drive through tunnels and passages. Due to their low overall tonnage, they can also operate in weight-sensitive zones. If desired, the skip handlers can be equipped with a triple tipping hook system to safely tip current and older bins.

But the advancement is in the detail: a new pneumatic safety catch in the tipping hook increases tipping safety because the tipping hook mouth is opened and closed precisely and completely.

Post-consumer packaging film

APK Aluminium und Kunst-stoffe will be at IFAT for the first time. It claims that its plastics recycling technology is capable of, for example, producing high-quality regranulate from multi­layer post-consumer packaging film. In the multi-stage procedure, a solvent is used to separate the contained plastics such as polyeth­ylene and polyamide in a centri­fuge. Afterwards, the solvent is removed by cleaning, leaving pure plastics.

Dust filtration

Many waste management and recycling processes generate dust. To remove these emissions safely and efficiently from the air, Don­aldson Filtration Deutschland will demonstrate its PowerCore CPC series dust collectors.

They are equipped with filter packs which, according to the company, not only clean reliably and a last long time but they also allow fast filter exchange. Another advantage is the unit’s compact­ness: according to Donaldson, they are up to 50% smaller than conventional dust collectors. The PowerCore CPC Series is designed for airflow rates of around 1,200 to 56,000cu m/h.

zoller kippers clean option

zoller kippers clean option

Zöller-Kipper’s Clean Option system fits to rear-end loaded refuse collection vehicles, and consists of filter elements for coarse and fine dust as well as an activated carbon element to elim­inate odours.

The radial fan generates a slight vacuum in the vehicle’s tailgate, directly in the work zone. Extrac­tion by a cyclone filter separates coarse particles with an integrated filter element. The extraction is supported by integrated air blades on both sides of the tail part, which produce an air curtain.

The company says the air at the tail of the vehicle is therefore cleaner than the ambient air. Health hazards due to moulds, viruses and fine dust particles are reduced considerably.

Biomass treatment

Doppstadt will demonstrate its range of treatment and separation procedures, especially for biomass and mineral materials.

This includes the Inventhor Type 9, the company’s most pow­erful shredder for biomass and waste and the first unit of its new shredder generation. Its presentation at IFAT will be supported by US firm Scarab and robotics specialist OP Teknik.

Initiatives for 2018


Under the banner experience. science.future, this year’s show aims to be a platform for science & research, education & training, jobs & career and start-ups – for thought leaders and junior staff in the environmental sector.

Silvia Fritscher, IFAT’s exhibition director, said: “The growing discussion about environmental and climate protection entails an increasing demand for qualified specialists and pioneering innovations. is our response to this demand, bringing together the sector’s smart and emerging minds.”

  • Universities, start-ups, associations and NGOs will be pooled in a zone of more than 1,000sq m, offering space for innovative technologies, strategies and research projects in the environmental field.

In a networking lounge, pupils and students will have the opportunity to catch up on environmental occupations and get in touch with prospective employers.

  • Also for the first time, the show will feature an area devoted to sustainability in road construction, covering the entire process chain from road demolition to reinstallation. Aside from sustainable procedures and materials, the focus will be on digitisation’s influence on all the process steps.
  • The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) will show mobile machines for treating mineral waste. Exhibitors in this section include Wirtgen, which will show a cold milling machine which is used to quickly and precisely remove asphalt and concrete pavements. Milling the surface, binder and base in layers enables the material to be reclaimed in a selective process and separated into the different mix types.

The milling machine creates a true-to-profile and even base for the construction of new surface courses of uniform thickness.

  • At the new special area in Hall C5, IFAT 2018 gathers a broad spectrum of special machines, such as the stone and asphalt crusher SRC+ from Crush+Size Technology.

After a primary crushing stage, the double-roll crusher gently grinds the old asphalt to 32mm while barely destroying the original grain structure with the adhering bitumen. Combined with the secondary crusher DRC+, only insignificant amounts of the unwanted sand fraction are produced.

Many custom-fit recycling procedures require construction waste to be screened. The machines used for this purpose need to be mobile for them to carry out their work in different locations. In addition, they must handle materials of different weight.

For the drum screens of Komptech, this means they have to be equipped with a stable frame, a robust discharge conveyor and a drum that is resistant to falling stones. Additionally, the screens need to be constructed so that sticky or clayey feedstock does not clog the drum or cake between drum and side wall.

In the past, Komptech fulfilled these demands with its drum screener Nemus 2700. At this year’s show, the company will introduce a development based on this machine: Nemus 3000. The fine and oversize fraction discharge belt is now much longer. Maintenance intervals, for example for the Drumgrip drive, have been doubled thanks to the newly designed lift kinematics.

Kormann Rockster Recycler will present its mobile screen RTS514. The track-mounted three-deck plant has a feed hopper volume of 7.7cu m and is equipped with belts for sand, coarse and medium fractions – the latter is again divided into coarse and fine structures.

In addition to demolishing, crushing and screening mineral construction waste, many other aspects in the construction industry require environmental technologies and recycling products. Machine manufacturer Doppstadt will show a machine combination of drum screener, wind sifter and density separator. This procedure chain separates mixed construction waste into stones, sand and wood. Plastic films are also screened out.

One of the recycling construction materials presented at the show will be the aggregate Granugrip from German manufacturer Nadler Straßentechnik. It is highly resistant to abrasion and blends into or adheres to the asphalt emulsion. As it is lighter, it always floats on top.

A conference programme organised by the German Association of the Building Industry, and Environmental and Mechanical Engineering will accompany the special area’s joint booth and individual company presentations.



Dismantling end-of-life vehicles



IFAT’s open-air site will include large-scale machines in operation dismantling end-of-life vehicles into their individual parts. The German Steel Scrap Association, with its member companies, will show the processes for recovering important raw materials.

Demos include: environmentally friendly storage of old vehicles; retrieval of reusable parts; removal and disposal of hazardous components and fluids; sorting processes; transport compression/pressing.

There will be four demonstrations daily:




16:30–17:00 (Mon-Thurs only)

Biomass processing technology

The VDMA will run biomass processing technology practical days for visitors to experience the processing of logs, wood, green waste and even entire roots. State-of-the-art crushing systems, shredders and loading vehicles are showcased. The eight live shows will include commentary:

Monday 14 May: 13:30

Tuesday 15 May, Wednesday 16 May and Thursday 17 May:

10:30 and 15:45

Friday 18 May: 10:30

The VDMA practice days are located at IFAT’s outdoor area next to the East Entrance, level with hall B6.

Truck in Action show

The Municipal Vehicles and Equipment Industry Association will hold live demonstrations, where innovative features from the automotive and construction industry will be staged.

Trucks and machines will make up the following working groups on the live demonstration stage, with narrated and moderated presentations: waste collection vehicles; skip loaders and roll-off tippers; containers and cranes; sweeper vehicles and devices; winter road service vehicles and devices; fluid waste disposal and pipe cleaning systems.

These will run daily from 9:00 to 17:00.

A special show at the backstage area of Truck in Action will offer a look behind the scenes. This will allow visitors and specialists to get up close and personal with individual vehicles, pose questions and talk shop with the experts about the little details.

VDMA mineral processing technology practical days

Shredding, crushing and treatment processes will be performed live with accompanying commentary. Specialists will explain how building materials and minerals are processed, while cutting edge machines do their work on-site.

In eight live shows and during a series of guided tours, visitors will be able to find out about the practical treatment of building materials and minerals:

Monday 14 May: 15:30

Tuesday 15 May, Wednesday 16 May and Thursday 17 May:

12:30 and 14:15

Friday 18 May: 12:30.



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