Determined to come up with a viable solution to catch more contaminate debris before it goes through the hammermill, Forsyth reached out to his local Vermeer recycling and forestry specialist, Russ Cogar with Vermeer Canada.
"Russ told me about the Vermeer Damage Defense system for horizontal and tub grinders," says Forsyth. "It sounded like a great solution for the issues we were having, and it was much more practical than some of the other options I was considering, which included having to thoroughly pre-sort everything."
According to Cogar, the Vermeer Damage Defense system was launched in early 2017 to reduce the likelihood of significant machine damage caused by some types of metal contaminants entering the grinder's hammermill.
"The system will alert the grinder control and operator and automatically initiate the shutdown process if the mill comes in contact with the certain metal contaminants," Cogar explains. "It can be an effective solution for contractors who have a lot of foreign debris mixed in with their wood waste."
Forsyth thought it was exactly what he was looking for and the team from Vermeer Canada installed the Damage Defense system on WasteAway's HG6000 horizontal grinder in the summer of 2017. "It didn't take much time for them to complete the install," he notes.
Game plan for the future
Forsyth says the Vermeer Damage Defense system has significantly helped optimize the performance of their HG6000 horizontal grinder.
"Now, we wouldn't think of running the grinder without having the Damage Defense system engaged," he says, adding that with the Vermeer Damage Defense system helping to optimize productivity, WasteAway's HG6000 horizontal grinder operates more hours every month, allowing their two-person grinder crew to stay productive at their facility and while on customer jobsites.
Forsyth concludes that it's been a wonderful experience to help his father (Dan) and founder of the business make his dream a reality.
"The business has come a long way from when I started working at Ground Force in 2014," he says. "We've added other businesses to support his vision, and we've set up the WasteAway facility to thrive as recycling becomes common practice in the waste industry. We have the equipment and people to handle separating different types of recyclable material and have already demonstrated that we can create a second life for the waste we collect."I believe we've established three organizations that will continue to lead the industry into the future."
This article was originally published in the November/December edition of Recycling Product News, Volume 26, Number 8.