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Product news round-up

Tie-up for growing UK biogas sector

German plant manufacturer MeWa and Somerset-based PRM Waste Systems have established a sales co-operation in the UK, to tap into the anticipated growth of the UK’s recycling and biogas sectors.

PRM already offers a wide range of solutions for the separation, handling, storage and transportation of waste, while MeWa is known for its manufacture of shredders and turnkey recycling plants, which more recently includes applications in the biogas sector.  

PRM managing director Brian Moore, says: “Looking at our business policies, we fit together very well as MeWa believes reliable customer service is the key to successful, long-term customer relationships - as do we.”

Accreditation for secure document destruction

Glazewing UK has gained accreditation from the National Association of Infor-mation Destruction (NAID), following the installation of highly specified Axo Shredding machines.

The machines use state-of-the-art shredding and automatic baling technology to ensure secure destruction of highly sensitive documents. The accreditation is renewed every 12 months, designed to give peace of mind to companies that compliance and security for shredding and disposal of documents is strictly adhered to.

Glazewing’s plant in Ashford, Kent, will handle documents from all types of companies and can process up to 50 tonnes a day.

Director Jonathan Miles says: “There is only one other company in the UK offering NAID-accredited document destruction, so we are proud to offer this completely secure method of destruction. The system offers a closed loop system which reprocesses all shredded files for recycling.”

Retaining walls range

Ease of handling on retaining walls

Hanson UK has launched QuickBuild retaining walls, designed to save time and money and improve safety.

The precast reinforced concrete units are available in seven heights from one metre to 3.75m, and are ideal for temporary storage bays. They can be cast with a preformed textured finish or enhanced by a single-skin brick facing.

The units are designed for easy handling, thanks to the Hanson QuickLift system, which reduces lifting time and improves safety.

Hanson UK business development manager Paul Lees says: “There is no need to use expensive lifting gear or attachments, so installation time can be reduced by up to 20%.”

Maintenance costs cut with switch to AC drive

Replacing the DC drive on a critically important compounder with a variable speed AC system has helped a plastics recycler to reduce its maintenance costs significantly.

The plant, which opened in 2004, converts discarded plastic into high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pellets.

The motor driving the main compounder required regular maintenance for brush wear and refurbishment of the armature. Engineers decided to explore the possibility of switching to a brushless AC motor and asked Newton Tesla Electric Drives for specialist support.

Newton Tesla managing director George Newton explained: “We included a Mitsubishi inverter in the design because this would contribute to a substantial reduction in power consumption and would further enhance the environmental credentials of the recycling plant.

“And of course there were significantly reduced energy bills as well as the maintenance savings.

“The AC drive package we proposed would require no ongoing maintenance work other than routine bearing lubrication,” Newton added.

LIthuania system

Fine milling opens up glass waste recycling

International Innovative Technologies (IIT) has secured an order for its patented fine grinding system from a new glass recycling operation in Lithuania run by Aqua Bona.

This will comprise IIT’s latest generation m-series twin mill grinding equipment, with a particle size classifier and product collection unit, plus supporting equipment.

Aqua Bona will convert waste glass into a fine powder suitable for incorporation in paints and other products, as well as water filtration systems.

IIT chairman Tom Wilkinson said: “This is an important order for the company. The low energy features of the m-series systems are opening up new opportunities in the recycling of glass waste.

“Turning the scrap into a fine powder rather than consigning it to landfill means that it can be economically used for recycling, either in the batch mix or in applications of the sort used in Lithuania.”

US firm makes strategic buy of Amsterdam’s Nihot

US-based MRF designer, engineer and manufacturer Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) has formed BHS Europe, to be based in Amsterdam. The move follows BHS’ acquisition of Amsterdam-based Nihot Recycling Technology in January.

Nihot director of development Cees Duijn will take on the additional role of BHS Europe managing director. His responsibilities will include managing the region’s sales, product delivery and customer service for the full range of BHS products and systems.

Pictured above are Nihot’s general manager Huig van der Meij (left) with Duijn.

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