Recycling equipment company Middleton Engineering has been helping managers at the Co-op Group evaluate its changing recycling equipment needs and refurbish existing baling plant and conveyors to ‘as new condition’, for its new Castlewood distribution centre and four others.
The work has been part of the modernisation of Co-op’s UK-wide logistics operation, which has just seen its latest state-of-the-art ‘green’ distribution centre open in Castlewood, north Derbyshire.
The new depot follows a £22 million investment and, when fully operational in October 2013, will service 528 Co-operative food stores in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. The aim of the modernisation project was to upgrade existing logistic facilities, improve supply chain performance, and at the same time minimise waste, divert all food store waste away from landfill, increase recycling and deliver financial savings.
Chas Shepperson, The Co-operative Food’s National Material Handling Equipment Manager and Warehouse Equipment Fleet Manager, said: “Using Middleton Engineering’s refurbished balers to bale the back-hauled outer transit packaging, cardboard and plastic sheet helps us to achieve our strict recycling volumes. Not only are we reducing the volume of waste to landfill, but we’re creating a new revenue stream - and the balers will quickly pay for themselves.”
Middleton has been supplying baling equipment for plastic and card to the Group’s distribution centres, since 1997, with 15 balers spread over 10 sites. So far, the team has refurbished eight of these, installing them into new sites at Andover, Avonmouth, Newhouse, Birtley and now Castlewood.
May Gurney recently specified Jarshire/IPS TR1052 two-ram balers as part of an investment programme to add capacity at its Bristol, Winsford and Chester MRFs.
Designed, manufactured and installed as turnkey systems by Kilkenny Mechanical Handling Systems, all three new separation plants were installed in response to kerbside collection contracts to sort and separate materials such as mixed aluminium, steel cans, foil and plastic containers, along with the capability to bale cardboard intermittently during the separation process. The balers were chosen for their strength, power and reliability.
Gloucestershire-based Valley Trading has purchased the first new generation Doosan DL200-3 Stage IIIB compliant wheel loader in the UK from Kellands (Plant Sales), based at Bridgwater in Somerset.
Based on the Babdown Industrial Estate near Tetbury, the Valley Trading materials storage and waste recycling business is run by the husband and wife team of Reino and Barbara Kahkonen. As well as efficiently processing around 50,000 tonne of material a year on the site, Valley Trading also supplies aggregates and hires out skips, tippers and grab lorries.
Reino Kahkonen said: “We have had good operational experience with our existing Doosan machines and, combined with the excellent package and support from Kellands, this greatly influenced our decision to purchase the new 2.0 m3 capacity DL200-3 wheel loader.
“This machine is busy working most of the time in our covered waste transfer station, and joins a 2.5 m3 Doosan DL250 wheel loader that’s been operating at our site for over five years now. At the point that the new DL200-3 model arrived, the slightly larger DL250 wheel loader had worked an impressive 7340 hours without any major problems.”
The Doosan wheel loaders at Valley Trading are constantly loading, moving and discharging different materials as they arrive, are processed and then dispatched. The machines generally work from 7am-5pm six days a week, so durability and reliability are essential to maintain the material flow.
In order to optimise fuel consumption for different applications, the new DL200-3 model provides its operator with the choice of three working modes -Eco, Normal and Power. An Eco bar provides information about fuel consumption in relation to machine performance in real-time. If Auto Idle is activated, engine speed goes down about 200 rpm after 10 seconds if there is no machine movement – a feature that can help reduce fuel consumption by up to 8%.
The new generation DL200-3 wheel loader features an improved cab that provides better visibility thanks to a wider front glass section and an extended wiper blade area.