1. Who are you, and what did you buy and why?
Shaun Todd, purchasing manager at Melba Swintex. I’ve worked for Melba Swintex – one of the world’s leading manufacturers of traffic management products – since the 1990s. Everything we produce is 100% recyclable, and 80% of the material we use is recycled.
An Untha LRK1000 with two 22kw motors, and an LRK1000 with a 30kw motor. Both are single shaft shredders. This machine was to shred waste polythene that would be reinserted into our manufacturing process. We were looking for a robust and reliable shredder to increase throughput without compromising end particle size. We also sought dedicated after-sales support, to ensure optimum on-going machine operation and maintenance.
2. How did you research your purchase?
Decades of experience in the industry has taught me which shredders do and don’t live up to expectations, although I keep an ear to the ground to ensure I’m aware of new innovations too. We already have a variety of machines at our Manchester site including those from Untha. I outlined our shredder criteria and gave Untha some sample materials from which they recommended the best-fit and best-value machines for our specific requirements.
3. Where there any challenges?
I had to rely on the professionals to recommend which particular piece of kit would best satisfy our criteria. However because Untha went so far as to test a sample of our materials at its Austrian headquarters, I had utmost confidence before I signed on the dotted line.
For individuals who don’t know what they’re looking for, shredder procurement can be confusing. There are many ‘copy-cat’ machines in the marketplace which do not deliver promised spec. I would recommend people seek third party evidence, for example speak to existing users of the machinery.
4. Any other considerations?
Access to spare parts – we expect a fast turnaround and can’t afford to wait weeks for a machine to be fully operational, but nor do we want to purchase and store all the spare parts ourselves. Untha UK has the full range at its North Yorkshire base.
Cost was also important but we didn’t just look at the initial financial outlay. We also considered uptime, throughput and on-going maintenance.
5. How does the equipment fit with future plans?
Throughput has exceeded our expectations – we’re getting up to 400kg per hour – so we’ve just ordered a third LRK1000. We now have a powerful fleet of shredders that support our waste and recycling goals.
Untha technology is incredibly adaptable so we are confident in the flexibility of our kit. In future, polythenes may be banned from landfill, but our shredders are already allowing us to find an alternative use for what would otherwise be waste material.