Black food trays can be seen by NIR sensors
Denmark-based Færch Plast has developed a material it believes will allow the mass recycling of black plastic food trays for the first time.
It has created a black crystalline polyethylene (CPET) material that can be detected by near-infrared (NIR) sensors.
Faerch Plast developed the black CPET in conjunction with WRAP, Nextek, Titech, Eurofins and supermarkets.
Jesper Emil Jensen, senior manager at Faerch Plast, said: “Until now, the recycling of black CPET has not been possible as it cannot be detected by the NIR sensors used by most recyclers. It has been a complicated project because the current pigment is both good at what it does and is the cheapest form of black available on the market.
“But after considerable testing and trials using different dyes and pigments, we now have a world first recyclable solution that is cost effective, aesthetically pleasing and functional.”
Bespoke IT system tracks all pallets in and out
Manchester recycling and manufacturing business PH Pallets has marked the completion of a major investment with the announcement of more plans.
The company has just finished a £150,000 upgrade to its Dukinfield operations unit and added a £250,000 bespoke IT system that tracks every pallet that enters and leaves its premises.
It is now drafting proposals to extend and develop its recycling operations. The team wants to enhance access to its five-acre site to increase its intake of used wooden pallets for recycling.
Partner Mark Houghton said: “Since we started in 1988 we haven’t stopped expanding and, naturally, we’re now looking for the next investment.
“Every incoming pallet is logged, sorted, graded and paid for thanks to our custom-built IT system, and our clients are provided with detailed reports of exactly what they’ve given us.
“Nothing from our site goes to landfill. Clients regularly audit us on this aspect of our operations because, even in an economic downturn, it’s an important benefit to our customers looking to meet environmental targets and policies.”
Merseyside Doosan Heavy dealer is bought
Northern Ireland-based Ballyvesey Holdings has bought Plantlink, the Merseyside-based dealer for the Doosan Heavy range of construction plant and equipment.
Plantlink holds the regional distributorship for the Doosan Heavy range across north-west England, north Wales, Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside. The range includes crawler and wheeled excavators, wheeled loaders, articulated dump trucks, heavy-duty telehandlers and attachments.
Following the acquisition, the majority of Plantlink staff will remain with the business. Plantlink co-owner and founder JJ Hyung will be leaving the business.
Dermot Cunnie, general manager of Ballyvesey’s construction equipment division, said: “With this acquisition we have added the Doosan Heavy line of equipment to the Bobcat range sold by our trading subsidiary Norwest Plant.
“The acquisition also adds to our existing Doosan and Bobcat dealerships at Montana Plant in Ireland and Scotia Plant in Scotland.”
Ballyvesey Holdings is a privately owned company that has a range of trading subsidiaries.
Sorting process control to raise cullet quality
Processed recycled glass cullet is the most important raw material for the container glass industry.
The better the quality of such cullet, the more of it can be utilised.
The Redwave Quality Management System is designed to control the sorting process.
It includes the Process Monitoring and Control System for continuous monitoring and optimisation of sorting. This is done by permanently analysing the individual sorting steps.
Meanwhile the Sample Analysing System continuously analyses the furnace-ready cullet.
Different applications can be monitored and controlled by the system, including quality control of high-volume samples, continuous product analysis and quality assurance and control.
The system includes clearly structured graphics, a warning message if threshold values are exceeded or fallen short of, and fault- finding assistance.
Staff safety on the busy loading bay
Goods loading and unloading has been identified by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as the highest risk activity commonly carried out in many sectors. It accounts for up to 30% of all workplace transport accidents.
Mentor Training’s technical manager Steve Baldwin said: “Loading bay safety always needs special attention, with so many load, pedestrian and vehicle movements. The extra risks of visiting drivers who do not know your procedures, and the potential for loads to shift in transit, also pose a particular safety issue to workers.
“The extra pressure of the pre-Christmas rush multiplies that risk - but it is something that needs to be considered all year round.”
Special safety measures recommended by the HSE for loading bays include additional risk assessments; printing procedures on delivering for visiting drivers; and empowering drivers and staff to halt loading or unloading instantly, should they have any concerns.
Additionally, the Fork Lift Truck Association urges businesses to ensure all staff visiting the loading bay, in whatever capacity, are adequately trained to recognise the unique risks involved.