Tags
Wood Recycling

Ties 2 cuts energy costs by $400,000 in first year with CBI stationary system

Electric stationary system reduces energy costs, nearly doubles biomass output for renewable energy

Going from $4.50 a ton to $1.00 a ton is significant when your business processes 150,000 tons of railroad ties a year, and that’s exactly what Ties 2 accomplished by upgrading to their CBI electric stationary system. Last year, Continental Biomass Industries custom designed and installed an electric stationary system that grinds 600 – 800 tons of railroad ties on a daily basis for Ties 2. 

Steve Berglund, co-owner of Ties 2, has been grinding ties for more than 20 years with CBI machines and has been a key source of design input. In 2016, he upgraded from a diesel system that produced 75 tons an hour to an electric system that produces 125 – 150 tons an hour, all while reducing costs associated with energy, labor, and maintenance. 

“With fuel and related costs of the diesel machine we were at $4.50 a ton and our goal was to get to a dollar a ton for energy cost, we’ve done that with our system,” Berglund said. “If you’re just going to isolate the energy savings, it would be about $400,000. The electrical system requires less maintenance and because it’s faster your labor cost is going to go down by default.” 

Railroad ties, by design, are created from the hardest wood possible for the sake of durability. CBI manufactured its largest ever CBI Grizzly Mill Primary Grinder for the Ties 2 application, providing a 60” x 60” solid steel rotor that brings optimal energy to the initial grind. Following the primary grind, the ground ties pass through a magnet to ensure all existing metal is removed before moving onto the CBI Prescreener. Any material that the screener identifies as oversized is then passed through a CBI Grizzly Mill Secondary Grinder (48” x 72” rotor). The end product, which looks very similar to the average homeowner’s landscaping mulch, is transported to Minnesota Power and Excel Energy to generate more renewable energy for nearby regions. 

“One thing I would say about this system is that if you’re going to try and make the investment, and you’re not trying to do it on the cheap, but you’re going to make the several million dollar investment—this is the way to go bar none,” Berglund said. 

Company Info

  • Continental Biomass Industries, Inc.

    22 Whittier Street
    Newton , NH
    US , 03858

    Continental Biomass Industries, Inc. (CBI), of Newton, NH, is the leading provider of portable and stationary biomass recovery solutions. CBI’s Magnum Force Series grinders and chippers are capable of handling demanding applications in the forestry, construction and demolition debris, municipal solid waste, biofuel power generation, pulp and saw mills, mulch, landscaping, and yard waste markets. For more than two decades, CBI has supplied the most durable, reliable, and productive equipment in the industry, with emphasis on minimizing downtime and maximizing throughout. CBI products also include the Grizzly Mill® Wood Waste Hog, the Annihilator (known as the Mother of all Shredders) and Stationary Screening Systems.

    Read more

  • Terex Ecotec

    22 Whittier Street
    Newton , NH
    US , 03858

    Read more

Latest News

Sponsored Content

Are all excavators the same?

Among the top brands, many believe all excavators are the same. But when you look closely, you can spot the small differences in design that add up to huge differences in productivity and efficiency — differences that can boost your profitability. 


Read More

​McNeilus expands industry leading parts, service and support network

​McNeilus expands industry leading parts, service and support network

McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Inc. announced at WasteExpo 2018 this week in Las Vegas that they have expanded their industry-leading parts, service and support network. The expansion effort includes Rush Truck Centers as an additional authorized parts and service provider in the Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Nevada and New Mexico markets.  McNeilus factory-trained technicians will continue to support all markets.

Read More

Alliance Tire launches new line of rugged Galaxy OTR tires

The Galaxy MGSR 200 S-pattern grader tire.

Alliance Tire Americas, Inc. (ATA) launched a rugged, new line of Galaxy brand radial off-the-road (OTR) tires at Waste Expo in Las Vegas. Built for the special demands placed on loaders, dozers, backhoes, foklifts, articulated dump trucks and graders, the Galaxy radial OTR line features all-steel radial construction for puncture resistance and reduced heat buildup, as well as special compound for longer service life, according to Brian Sheehey, Vice President of Marketing for ATA. The result is a line of tires that deliver outstanding performance and a lower total cost of ownership.

Read More

Food and packaging waste is no match for Tiger

Food and packaging waste is no match for Tiger

The Tiger Depackaging System, available in North America from Ecoverse, now comes in five different size configurations. This technology is designed to remove 99.6 percent of contaminants from organic fractions and is specifically designed for food waste and packaging recovery operations. Applications include composting anaerobic digestion, animal nutrition, recycling and repurposing. 

Read More

Tags
Fleets & Technology

Freightliner unveils EconicSD low-entry COE waste collection truck at WasteExpo

Freightliner Trucks has introduced the new EconicSD waste collection truck at WasteExpo this week. The Freightliner EconicSD is a modern, low-entry cab-over-engine (COE) waste collection truck for the North American market that provides superior safety, uptime and productivity. Freightliner Trucks is featuring the Freightliner EconicSD in booth #2617 at WasteExpo. The truck will be available for order as of summer, 2018.

Read More

Tags
Fleets & Technology
Solid Waste

​Bridgestone to showcase two new tires at WasteExpo 2018

​Bridgestone to showcase two new tires at WasteExpo 2018

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is showing two new all-position radial tires at WasteExpo 2018 in Las Vegas, this week, April 24-26. The new Bridgestone M870 and Firestone FS860 tires are designed exclusively for the waste industry and will enter the market later this year. With these two products, Bridgestone says it has expanded its portfolio for the waste segment to provide innovative products at multiple price points. 

Read More

ZenRobotics Fast Picker reinforces line of heavy-duty waste sorting robots

ZenRobotics Fast Picker reinforces line of heavy-duty waste sorting robots

ZenRobotics, in conjunction with the company's participation at Waste Expo this week, has announced the latest addition to its line of intelligent waste sorting robots: the ZenRobotics Fast Picker for light material. According to the company, the new robot model is a result of decade-long experience in waste robotics and couples the most intelligent software with high-speed picking. Designed to improve the efficiency of MRF's, ZenRobotics Fast Picker is ideal for lightweight material such as packaging (LWP) and dry mixed recyclables (DMR).

Read More

Voith Turbo and Danieli Centro Recycling sign distribution agreement

Voith Turbo and Danieli Centro Recycling sign distribution agreement

 Voith Turbo, Inc., a specialist for drive solutions, systems and comprehensive services, and Danieli Centro Recycling, a worldwide leading manufacturer of recycling machinery, recently announced an agreement for Danieli to distribute Voith products and services to shredder operators. Customers can now single-source Voith quick-time delivery universal joint drive shafts (u-joint shafts), hydrodynamic couplings, SafeSet couplings and highly flexible couplings via Danieli.

Read More

Tags
Composting

Inner-city composting

The Hop Compost executive team between two HotRot vessels. From left to right: Chris Wong, CTO; Kevin Davies, Founder & CEO; and Meghan Perry, CFO.

Hop Compost built their first composting operation in Calgary in 2015. According to Kevin Davies, founder and CEO, due to their location in the city, at 17A Street, theirs is currently the most inner-city compost facility in Canada. 

Read More