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New conveyor feed boosts yield of Eddy Current Separator

Leading European cable recyler continues to expand as part of SUEZ-Nexans alliance

In 10 years, RecyCâbles, formed as a joint venture between SUEZ and Nexans in 2008, has become the European leader for cable recycling and recovery. Every year, about 30,000 tonnes of cables are recovered by SUEZ Nord ecopôle in Noyelles-Godault (France). By 2020, the site aims to reach its maximum annual processing capacity of 36,000 tonnes. 

​Globe Metal adds new Kajman 1000 Alligator Shear from Gensco

Montreal, Quebec based Globe Metal recently purchased a brand new Kajman 1000 Alligator Shear. This new machine allows Globe Metal to shear stainless pipe and plate to produce foundry-grade cut plate prepared for any customer's specifications. It is also capable of producing any size of Ferro additives as per their customers' exacting requirements.  

TOMRA's new-generation X-TRACT features dual processing technology, multi-density channels and application packages

TOMRA Sorting Recycling has introduced a new generation of X-TRACT machine with advanced sorting technology that allows a broader range of market segments to take advantage of its ability to boost purity levels. Today's XTRACT features innovative Dual Processing Technology to enhance final purity levels; multi-density channels for more precise classification and sorting of materials; and a broad range of application packages.

Sierra Recycling and Demolition has built success at the scrapyard based on reliable equipment, advanced technology and solid culture

Shortly after World War II, Ben Sacco came to California and started Sierra Bag Company, servicing the agriculture industry. In the late fifties, Sierra Iron & Metal was born when he dedicated a portion of his operation to scrap metal collection. He then added a baler to process scrap, which he found while visiting his homeland of Italy. Sacco eventually became the official North and South American distributor for the baler manufacturer, starting Sierra International Machinery, while at the same time continuing to operate his scrapyard, Sierra Iron & Metal. About 10 years ago, the business was passed on to Ben Sacco's two sons, John and Philip Sr., both of whom have been lifelong employees and contributors to the business. The scrap recycling part of the Sacco family business today operates as Sierra Recycling and Demolition Inc., run by Phil Sacco, while Sierra International Machinery, the recycling equipment manufacturer and distributor, is run by John Sacco - both out of Bakersfield, California. 

Pioneering program educating Ontarians about how to identify and divert mercury-containing products

Scout Environmental has expanded Mercury Roundup: a ground-breaking program that educates Ontarians on the dangers of mercury — a toxic heavy metal — and empowers them to bring mercury-containing products to their local household hazardous waste facilities for safe recycling. With generous funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Scout partnered with the Region of Peel on a program pilot in 2016. The City of Peterborough and the City of Barrie joined in 2018, and together these three municipalities have collected over 670 mercury-containing items to date. Scout Environmental plans to expand Mercury Roundup to four more municipalities by 2021. 

Building Tomorrow: Volvo goes all in on wheeled excavators for North America

Volvo Construction Equipment demonstrated that they are dedicated to the growing North American wheeled excavator market during their fall press briefing at their Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, manufacturing and customer experience facility. According to the company, the wheeled excavator market in North America is on pace for 23 percent growth in unit sales for 2016–2018, while Volvo is on pace for 60 percent growth in share of total unit sales for North America in 2016–2018. During that time, Volvo has introduced seven new models of wheeled excavator, including three replacement models. These models cover six size classes ranging from the 5- to 9-ton class to the 23-ton class, and include the introduction of Volvo's first dedicated material handler for North America, the EW240EMH.

In the fight against metal theft, focus of efforts needs to be on thieves, not recyclers

As metal prices rise, criminals increasingly target easy and obvious material. Utility providers are often the chosen victim, and thieves often inadvertently expose high-voltage power sources at theft locations. They can knock out power or phone capacity, including 911 services, to entire neighbourhoods, and delay public transportation. Metal thieves place themselves, utility employees, first responders and even the general public in danger when they attempt to burglarize telecommunications and electrical substations.

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Rigaku demonstrates improved handheld LIBS capabilities

Rigaku Analytical Devices will demonstrate its newest handheld analyzer for metal alloy analysis at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), taking place at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, this week, through September 15.  The Rigaku KT-100S laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) handheld analyzer provides an alternative for identification of a larger number of alloys in less than two seconds, in a truly ruggedized form factor for use in the toughest environments, including scrap recycling, fabrication shops and other plant environments.

Bridgestone expands OTR line to include new tire for underground mining, landfill and salvage

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. has announced the expansion of its off-the-road (OTR) product portfolio to include a new size of the Bridgestone VSMS2 tire. The tire is now available in size 29.5R25 in the U.S. and Canada. Designed for underground mining, landfill and salvage environments, the Bridgestone VSMS2 tire delivers a 30 percent decrease in the frequency of sidewall cuts, improving the tire's overall life cycle performance by five percent.

All-new MAXAM MS706 solid skid-steer tire features zero maintenance and extreme durability

The new MAXAM MS706 CONSTRUCTION PRO solid skid-steer tire is ideal for the most extreme applications. According to MAXAM Tire North America, the all-new MS706 features extra deep tread, allowing for 3 to 5 times longer tire life versus traditional pneumatic tires with a more robust tread pattern specifically designed for harsh working applications, including asphalt recycling, road paving, concrete work and metal recycling centres.

The latest shear/baler/loggers provide scrap metal recyclers with the versatility needed to profit and grow

As a category of heavy-duty machine engineered specifically to provide scrap recyclers with the versatility to process heavy metal materials as well as light metals - creating logs, bales or sheared-to-length material, ready for efficient transportation to buyers - the growing popularity of shear/baler/loggers (SBLs) is not surprising. 

Update to Niton XL2 XRF analyzer designed to improve productivity in scrap recycling, fabrication and PMI

The Thermo Scientific Niton XL2 handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer is now easier to use and more durable for operators and quality control personnel in scrap recycling, fabrication, PMI and other industrial applications thanks to a new design update. The Thermo Scientific Niton XL2 Plus handheld XRF analyzer, which provides elemental composition and enables metal alloy identification, is intended to allow users to conduct laboratory-quality testing in the field. The update incorporates new functionality into the original Niton XL2 analyzer that is designed to provide uninterrupted operation in harsh environments, as well as an advanced silicon drift detector (SDD) that delivers superior analytical performance.

​Demand for Eriez RevX-E ECS accelerating among MRFs

Eriez has reported that sales of the company's new generation RevX-E Eddy Current Separators are on the rise, particularly to materials recovery facilities (MRFs). According to the company, these high performance units are highly sought after by MRFs for their maintenance-friendly features and superior used beverage can (UBC) recovery.

BPS System Controls designed for recycling equipment and operations

Maximizing productivity is a continuous concern for recycling operations, and the right control system can reduce headaches and streamline processes. According to  Ohio-based Best Process Solutions (BPS), the company's panel-building department can deliver quality controls with seamless integration into an existing system, or custom-designed, for a complete recycling line from beginning to end. 

Best Process Solutions offers magnet feeders for recycling

New Magnet feeders from Best Process Solutions (BPS) are designed to process ASR scrap from electronic equipment, and are ideal for a range of recycling facilities. These vibratory feeders are made of stainless steel to prevent the magnetization of material, which can lead to adhesion to the floor or walls of the feeder. BPS magnet feeders also feature dual-motor operation for counter-rotation for linear material movement, and can be customized to existing plant schematics of all sizes.

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​ISRI raises alarm over tariff policies with U.S. administration

As tensions escalate amid an ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China that is having a damaging effect on the recycling industry, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) this week requested the U.S. government make every effort to negotiate a path forward with China. Serving as the Voice of the Recycling IndustryTM, ISRI sent a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer detailing the impact the current tariff policy is having on the industry in combination with the import restrictions already imposed by China. This is part of ISRI's ongoing efforts to promote free and fair trade of scrap commodities across the globe.

ISRI releases statement on China’s announcement of tariffs on all scrap imports

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), has released the following statement in response to China's announcement that it will impose a retaliatory tariff on the import of all scrap commodities from the U.S.: "ISRI is already hearing from contacts in China that the announcement has caused consternation among Chinese consumers of U.S. scrap commodities. Although these tariffs will not be levied on imports from other countries, it is our understanding that other regions may not be able to fulfill all of China's demand. This is in line with other reports that the trade war has had an impact on the Chinese economy across many sectors. 

Recycling industry's partnership with law enforcement reaches new heights, according to ISRI

For more than a decade, the recycling industry has made a strong effort to fight the theft of metals and other materials through proactive outreach to law enforcement. One such example was the creation of ScrapTheftAlert.com in 2008. The alert system is a free online tool for law enforcement to broadcast alerts to local scrap facilities to be on the lookout for stolen material. The system recently reached the milestone of more than 10,000 registered law enforcement users, which constitutes approximately 21 percent of law enforcement agencies in the United States being represented.

Advanced technical solutions can substantially reduce occurrence and mitigate cost of fire incidents in waste and recycling

We have seen a spike in fires in the recycling industry in 2018, compared to previous years. March, April and May 2018 are now the highest months we have recorded for fire incidents at waste and recycling facilities. March 2018 could merely be an anomaly. But then came April, with 36 fires, and then May, with 38 fires reported - the highest number of fires in any month since I began reporting recycling and waste industry facility fires in 2015. 

Sicon introduces HMS Cleaning for heavy melt scrap to North American markets; EcoShred compact provides two-in one shredding

Scrap metal is the most important resource of the electric-arc-furnace (EAF) steel production process. More than 70% of total cost in EAF-steel production can be directly accounted to scrap purchases. Addi-tionally taking into account costs of electricity, consumption rate of electrodes and refractories, all strongly influenced by scrap quality, the importance of scrap becomes ever more evident.

TOMRA to spotlight X-TRACT and LIBS technologies at Aluminium 2018 Exhibition

TOMRA Sorting Recycling will showcase its sensor-based sorting technologies at Aluminium 2018, the world trade fair and conference, at Messe Düsseldorf, Germany, from October 9-11, 2018. TOMRA's exhibition stand will spotlight the company's X-TRACT machine (shown above), which separates valuable materials from metal waste, and its state-of-the-art LIBS technology, which accurately sorts and separates different aluminum wrought alloys. 

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PMR introduces catalytic converter inventory management tool

PMR,  a leading processor in catalytic converter recycling for over 20 years, has introduced a new inventory management tool, available to suppliers, located in the company's web-based Supplier Services Platform (SSP). The new tool allows PMR suppliers to keep track of their converter units by inventorying boxes of their physical on-site material.

Demo of Cat material handler provides SA Recycling with opportunity to make the right equipment investment for feeder yards

SA Recycling operates over 70 scrap metal recycling yards in the U.S., including close to two dozen ferrous shredder operations. The company, started in Orange, California, has since grown as far north as Fresno, and east to Arizona and Texas. More recently, the company expanded to the U.S. southeast, into Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Originally, SA Recycling was Adams Steel; they merged with Sims about ten years ago to form "SA," which stands for Sims-Adams.

ISRI’s Annual Commodities Roundtable to focus on domestic consumption with an eye on global markets

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), the Voice of the Recycling Industry, is hosting its annual Commodities Roundtable Forum, September 5 to 7, 2018, in Chicago. This event attracts brokers, traders, buyers, and sellers of scrap materials for up-to-date discussions on commodities markets and the state of global and domestic trade.

​Puritan rotating drum magnets designed for continuous self-cleaning and high productivity in recycling

Rotating Drum Magnets from Michigan-based Puritan Magnetics, Inc. are designed for continuous self-cleaning of ferrous materials from product flow streams. As product enters the housing inlet, an adjustable feed gate meters the flow of product to the drum face. The drum has a stationary internal magnet with an outer drum that rotates. 

WENDT announces exclusive strategic partnership with MOROS Industrias Hidraulicas SA

WENDT CORPORATION, a leading manufacturer and systems integrator of automobile shredding and non-ferrous separation equipment, today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with MOROS Industrias Hidraulicas SA, a Spanish manufacturer of high-quality and robust machinery for the ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal recycling industry. The exclusive partnership will allow the Zargoza, Spain-based MOROS to offer their shears and balers to the North American marketplace, through the WENDT sales and service platform. The agreement will extend to the United States, Canada and Mexico.

​Eriez RevX-E ECS with quick change belt helps Andersen's Sales & Salvage produce quality twitch package

Andersen's Sales & Salvage in Greeley, Colorado, takes the quality of its shredded nonferrous metals products seriously — to the extent that it developed its own patented IQASR system to create premium zorba and zurik grades. IQASR technology uses horizontal airflow to separate heavy fraction ASR from the light fraction.

New 855 E expands Sennebogen product line

SENNEBOGEN has introduced the new 855 E model to its line-up of material handlers, which the company says completes the largest product line of purpose-built material handlers worldwide. With an operating weight of approx. 160,000 lb. (72.5 tons) the new 855 features reach packages from 59 to 68 feet (18 to 21 meters), a powerful 305 HP (227 kW) Cummins Tier 4f diesel engine as well as SENNEBOGEN's "Green Hybrid" technology. The new 855 E as well as all other models are available as rubber tired, crawler and stationary versions and can be equipped with diesel engines or electric motors, applicable for a range of applications, including port and recycling.

New orange-peel grapples from Cat designed for a range of applications

The new Cat GSH420 and GSH520 orange-peel grapples, replacing the GSH15B Series grapples, are designed for a wide range of applications, including handling shredded scrap, such as long structural beams and car bodies; handling rocks at construction sites; and waste at recycling and transfer stations. The performance and efficiency of the new Cat grapples help waste-handling operations, in particular, meet the challenges of increased environmental regulation, growing pressure to recycle a mix of materials, and stringent budgets.

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