ZenRobotics Fast Picker, latest addition to line of intelligent waste sorting robots

This May, ZenRobotics introduced their Fast Picker, the latest addition to the company's line of intelligent waste sorting robots.  Featured in the above video, the Fast Picker is a result of decade-long experience in waste robotics and couples the most intelligent software with high-speed picking, according to ZenRobotics. Designed to improve the efficiency of MRF's, Fast Picker is ideal for lightweight material such as packaging (LWP) and dry mixed recyclables (DMR).

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Backsense radar from Brigade protects workers

Backsense radar from Brigade protects workers

One of the most common causes of injury and death for site workers is being struck by plant machinery. In fact, site workers are two times more likely to be injured at work compared to those in other occupations. Research carried out in Europe has also found that the construction, transportation, manufacturing and agricultural trades recorded more workplace deaths in 2017 than all other industries combined. 

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Plastics Recycling

OECD calls on governments to act on encouraging plastic recycling markets

OECD calls on governments to act on encouraging plastic recycling markets

Plastic recycling is failing to reach its full potential as low recovery rates of plastic waste, poor quality of recycled plastic and a lack of price incentives are holding back secondary plastic markets, according to a new OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development) report. Given rising public concern over plastic pollution, governments should act urgently to encourage more and better recycling, it says.

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Metals Recycling

Optimized cost per ton with Metso Alloy Hammers for Metso shredders

Optimized cost per ton with Metso Alloy Hammers for Metso shredders

The hammers used in shredder lines represent a key factor in plant efficiency. Metso has developed a new hammer series, Metso Alloy Hammer, with the goal of extending the lifetime of these tools. Featuring a special alloy, the high-quality cast-steel hammers from the Group's own foundry ensure substantially enhanced economic efficiency and can be used in all Metso's Lindemann shredder series.

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Ocean Summit sponsored by the Volvo Group spotlights the problem of plastic in the world’s oceans

Newport stopover. Ocean Summit. 18 May, 2018.  
Credit: Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race

Ocean debris – particularly ocean plastic – was the focal point of the Ocean Summit sponsored by the Volvo Group. The summit took place in conjunction with the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Newport, Rhode Island. Along with the Volvo Group, the  summit was sponsored by 11th Hour Racing, the Mirpuri Foundation, AkzoNobel, the Ocean Family Foundation, Bluewater and Stena Recycling. The official partner in Newport is Sail Newport, a nonprofit organization that promotes easy and affordable access to sailing.

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C&D Recycling
Organics Recycling

H-Sensortechnik Optical Belt Scale provides volumetric measurement and data capability

The H-Sensortechnik Optical Belt Scale (OBS) is a contact-free volumetric scanner that is mounted over conveyor belts. Using the latest laser technology, this belt scale effectively scans material crossing any conveyor belt with a measurement accuracy of 1mm variance. The system works very well in waste and recycling applications, biomass, soil and mulch, as well as aggregates, and is unaffected by wind, dust, temperature and vibration. 

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Plastics Recycling

New ThermoPRO granulators from Rapid Granulator are tailor-made for use in-line with thermoforming lines

Rapid Granulator has introduced a new range of granulators designed specifically for in-line processing of skeletal waste from sheet and film thermoforming lines. The new patent-pending ThermoPRO Series - based on an already patented Rapid design - is available in various standard and low-built formats for handling scrap widths from 600 to 1,500 mm (24-60 in.). A ThermoPRO 400-90 for granulating webs up to 900 mm in width (35 in.) will be on display at the company's booth, B102, Pav. 15, during Plast 2018, 29 May - 1 June in Milan.

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MAXAM Tire opens new flagship facility in U.S. market

MAXAM Tire opens new flagship facility in U.S. market

MAXAM Tire North America Inc. has earned its reputation as a top "Business Solution Provider" in today's specialty tire market, offering a full range of world-class products for virtually every job site application. With the continued expansion of new business and growing demands of customers, MAXAM Tire is proud to announce the grand opening of a new West Coast Distribution Center and Product Training Center.

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KINSHOFER Acquires Atlas transverse cutter business

KINSHOFER has acquired the Schaeff Transverse Cutter business from Atlas GmbH, a Germany-based crane and excavator manufacturer. The transverse, or drum, cutters are the first in KINSHOFER's line of crane and excavator attachments, allowing the company to serve contractors in a wider range of industries, including tunneling and mining. The addition also gives contractors in construction, demolition and landscaping access to a broader range of attachments, all from one manufacturer. 

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​CCIC's Canadian operations authorized to inspect U.S. scrap shipments to China

ISRI received information May 22 that the Chinese Government will allow CCIC's Canadian operations to temporarily undertake pre-shipment inspections and issue certificates for U.S. scrap shipments bound for China. The authorization has been issued starting immediately through the end of the suspension of the U.S. operations on June 4. Containers will still be subject to 100% inspection upon arrival.

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​Terrapure Wins Environmental Leader Award for Second Straight Year

​Terrapure Wins Environmental Leader Award for Second Straight Year

Terrapure Environmental has received an Environmental Leader Award for Product of the Year for its innovative circular-economy approach to managing used lubricating oil. Terrapure collects used oil from various industries and—through its patented re-refining process at its facility in North Vancouver, B.C.—transforms waste oil into premium-quality base oils and lubricants. 

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Plastics Recycling

TOMRA debuts new SHARP EYE technology at NPE 2018

TOMRA's new Autosort LOD (laser object detection) is now available with SHARP EYE technology.

At NPE 2018, the Plastics Show, held in Orlando, May 7-8, TOMRA Sorting Recycling introduced new TOMRA SHARP EYE technology, which makes it possible to separate single-layer PET trays from PET bottles. This enhances the previous capability of TOMRA's AUTOSORT machine to separate multilayer trays. This breakthrough is commercially significant because small but critical differences in the chemical properties of PET food trays and PET bottles mean that they must be separated for equivalent-product recycling. Additionally, artificial intelligence embedded in TOMRA systems also enables seamless analysis of sorted products, making the future plants even smarter.

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Solid Waste

Doosan launches DL280-5 wheel loader with optional guarding package

Doosan's new DL280-5 wheel loader is a solid choice for earthmoving, and is also offered with an optional guarding package for recycling and waste operations.

Doosan Infracore North America, LLC has extended its wheel loader lineup with the new DL280-5 wheel loader. The new DL280-5 is part of the popular category of 3- to 4-cubic-yard wheel loaders. It is designed to provide operators with enhanced performance and comfort as well as increased uptime protection when working in general construction, scrap and waste-handling applications. 

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​TOMRA SORTING RECYCLING appoints Rick Fenton as sales manager, East Coast North America

​TOMRA SORTING RECYCLING appoints Rick Fenton as sales manager, East Coast North America

TOMRA Sorting Recycling, the global leading supplier of sensor-based sorting equipment, announces the appointment of Rick Fenton as Sales Manager, East Coast North America. In his new position, Fenton will assume the lead role to further develop and implement TOMRA Recycling Americas' short- and long-term sales strategies as well as work directly with TOMRA partners and customers. 

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