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Product news round-up

Excavators excel with large attachments

Specialist breaking contractor Hy Impact Breaking (HIB), based at Burry Port, Carmar-thenshire, has purchased four Doosan DX520LC 52-tonne crawler excavators from Mason Brothers.

The excavators provide the perfect platform for large attachments used by HIB, such as Fractum impact breakers and hydraulic breakers used to recycle steel slag and scrap in the steel industry; for crushing reinforced concrete in the demolition industry; and for breaking large rocks in the quarrying and mining industry.

HIB owner Tony Richardson said: “The Doosan DX520LC excavator is an excellent all- round machine that is not only a reliable carrier for the Fractum breakers, but also for the large hydraulic breakers and buckets we employ in the different areas of our work.

“The success of the DX520LC as part of our fleet is demonstrated by our purchase of a fourth machine, making us the UK’s largest operator of this model.”

In the steel industry, HIB uses Fractum impact breakers for secondary breaking tasks such as recycling slag, moulds, castings and steel scrap, processing slag skulls, breaking iron and tundish.

When mounted on the Doosan excavators, the impact breakers can break the material where it is stored, going easily from one job to the next. They provide a safer, environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative to drop balls and cranes.

Bio-based non-wovens can compete on price

Finland’s VTT Technical Research Centre has developed a process that enables recycled paper and cardboard to be used as a raw material for non-wovens.

Products such as nappies, sanitary towels and cleaning cloths are among the items that can be made from the biodegradable non-wovens.

The manufacturing costs of such cardboard-based materials are around 20% lower than for non-wovens produced from wood raw materials.

The principle raw material in non-wovens at the moment is biologically non-degradable polyester. Until now, the market entry for bio-based non-wovens has stalled because of prohibitive production costs.

VTT research professor Ali Harlin said: “For the first time, we can make use of recycled paper and board as a non-wovens raw material. The process means that bio-based non-wovens are now more price-competitive in comparison with plastic-based products.

“The technology required for manufacturing non-wovens from recycled materials is already in place.”

Axtec Dynamic Axle Weighbridge

Aids to staying legal with maximum payloads

Axle weighing specialist Axle Weight Technology (Axtec) has announced it will be at this year’s CV Show, at the NEC on 9-11 April.

It will be providing details of its range of axle weighing solutions that enable companies to run at maximum payload and within the law.

Its products include on-board systems that deliver axle load information continuously during the operation of a vehicle, to dynamic weighbridge installations and temporary portable weighpad systems.

Because these provide both individual axle and gross vehicle loadings, this removes the risk of a vehicle being within its legal gross weight yet overloaded on an individual axle - a risk during multi-drop or multi-pick up operations.

Axtec can provide these off-the-shelf systems or with customers to develop custom-made solutions.

Protection equipment firm moves to improve service

Safetech, the developer of automatic personnel protection equipment, has moved into new premises in Sunderland. The company said its new high-tech offices were more suited to a growing electronics company and provide more room for expansion.

Managing director Robert Smith said: “We decided to continue being based at Sunderland, in the north-east. This central position in the UK is ideal for servicing our extensive customer network throughout the country.

“We also have excellent transport links to Europe and the US, which enable us to offer a rapid response to our many clients on those continents.”

Orion opts for refurbished RCV as demand expands

Orion Waste Solutions, which services the business and construction sector in the south-east, has opted to buy a used rather than new 26-tonne refuse collection vehicle (RCV).

The vehicle, from Refuse Vehicle Solutions, was fully serviced, MOT’d, LOLER- certified, reupholstered, resprayed in Orion’s livery and made free of visual defects before being delivered in less than six weeks.

It cost less than 25% of that of a new vehicle yet promises the same operational lifetime.

Orion Waste managing director John Stride said: “We have never bought a big RCV before so, to reduce our capital risk, we opted for a used vehicle. I’m glad to say we could not have made a better decision.

“It has definitely put us off buying a new vehicle in the future.”

Established more than 20 years ago, Orion Waste Solutions provides waste management, resource recovery and clearance services. It operates a fleet of around 40 vehicles including roll-on roll-off vehicles, skip lorries, caged tippers and 18-tonne RCVs.

In response to a surge in demand, the company has added eight vehicles to its fleet since October 2012.

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