Mil-tek has updated its range of balers to comply with the new safety standards published by the British Standards Institution in conjunction with CEN (the European Committee for Standardization), EN16500:2014. Key new safety factors include: no access to moving parts, by user or second person; fail-safety mechanism with dual interlock system; two handed bale-out device (2305, 2306 & 2509 models); lock-out device to isolate power to the baler. It has also introduced new and improved features on its EN16500 range: faster pressing cycle, 50% reduction in return plate time, as low as 3 seconds; self-locking and closing mechanisms for added safety; up to 15% reduction in power use; bale-out indicator; cycle counter.
Vehicle safety specialists Vision Techniques will be demonstrating new technology to the waste industry that it claims makes ultrasonic sensors ‘obsolete’.
Vision Techniques has launched ‘VT TurnAware’, a blind spot mounted camera that covers the left or right side of a vehicle where cyclists often approach. The system uses video analytics to process movement and alert the driver of their presence.
According to Vision Techniques, the advantage of the new system is that the hardware is able to recognise if a cyclist is moving forward or away from the vehicle and can therefore ignore other objects, like road furniture – preventing any false alarming.
The hardware uses a processing unit that is separate to the camera which allows for compatibility with other cameras, monitors and even recording devices, helping to provide liability against accident or incident.
Nigel Armstrong, technical manager, said: “We hope this new system will be soon recognised by FORS and CLOCS as a viable replacement to ultrasonic sensors.”
The first wave of TurnAware systems are being trialled across the UK to prove their accuracy and help to eliminate the inefficiencies of the current ultrasonic technology.
The system will be demonstrated at RWM using virtual reality application along with cyclist and driver go-pro footage which will let visitors experience what it’s like to be on the road using the detection system.
The Ekko Glass Crusher, which won Innovation of the Year at the 2015 National Recycling Awards, organised by MRW, will be on show at RWM. The product was developed by Ayr based, Ekko Waste Solutions, to crush empty glass bottles into small, safe and easily recyclable glass ‘super’ cullet. This allows pubs, bars and restaurants to crush and store used bottles on site. The machine reduces the volume of waste glass bottles by up to 80%, cuts the number of weekly refuse collections needed, significantly lowers transport costs and dramatically reduces CO2 emissions.
The Glass Crusher is capable of recycling almost 94% of each bottle crushed and reducing the volume of five wheelie bins of glass into one bin. The unit’s compact size makes it ideal for use and storage inside premises, eliminating the late night noise nuisance of staff tipping empties into outdoor storage.
Brian Williamson, Ekko’s managing director said: “For the Ekko Glass Crusher to win the 2015 National Recycling Awards ‘Innovation of the Year’ is a fantastic achievement and to stand alongside finalists like John Lewis Partnership, The NHS, British Gypsum and the NEC, all of whom are far larger than us, is something of which we are immensely proud.”
Spillard Safety Systems, a Wolverhampton-based mobile safety specialist, will be launching a 360 surround view camera system called Optronics 360 that provides the operator with an all-round image of their vehicle from a birds-eye view on a single screen.
Experts from the company will be on its stand as well as its range of products. Delegates will be able to discuss new mirror technology, camera systems, warning lighting and Vehicle Collision Avoidance Systems (VCAS).
Craig Spillard, director at Spillard Safety Systems, said: “Using this technology to eliminate the blind spots before they can cause injuries is something we are very passionate about.
“We determine what the best solution is by offering free visibility studies, which allows us to clearly show where the driver’s vision is impaired.”
Staff from the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) as well as government funding agency Innovate UK will be on hand to advise about the work they do to support innovative developments by businesses in the waste management sector. Details will also be available about funding opportunities from Innovate UK as well as from other sources such as European funding or from the Research Councils.
This year KTN will host a ‘Networking Wall’ at its stand where visitors can post information about their capabilities and suggest other businesses that they would like to meet. KTN hopes this can be used to publicise business capabilities and help to promote the development of future business collaborations after the event.
KTN is also organising two hour-long workshops: one on approaches to promote circular economy principles in your business; the other on ways to maximise recovery of value from recovered waste resources.
The two workshops will feature two competitions that have been run recently by Innovate UK – on New Designs for a Circular Economy and on Recovering Value from Waste. Visitors are encouraged to register their attendance in advance.