Czech scrap recycler turns to electric-powered Sennebogen handlers to process 120 tonnes per month
Innovation, safety and a reliable partner - that is what was important to the owner of Czech Republic-based mill service specialists Steelage, Jörgen Sassen.
"We have been working with Sennebogen for a few years now," explains Sassen. "We were looking for the perfect balance in terms of price, performance, productivity and reliability that others in the market were not offering."
Recently, Steelage found the perfect match for their operations through their local Sennebogen dealer.
Their new E Series machines, painted in the company livery, really stand out. They have been a permanent fixture at Steelage since the beginning of 2018. The company has been operating at Ostrava, the largest steelworks in the Czech Republic, located in the heart of the third largest Czech town, since the 1950s.
According to Sassen, working exclusively with Sennebogen since their first days of operation, as their internal scrap logistics expert, has become indispensable for their handling of 120,000 tons per month of scrap materials, on average.
Those in charge of the project in Ostrava faced an interesting challenge due to the limited space available. The central scrap yard is surrounded by narrow pathways and two sets of railroad tracks. On top of that, the scrap has to be transported across the tracks. Complicating it even further is the need to be able to easily load and unload railcars and trucks.
By working closely with Sennebogen and their dealer, a customized solution was configured. Using the modularity of the Sennebogen design, an 840 crawler gantry material handler powered via a spiral winding engine line drum was created. This means trucks can drive under the material handlers without interrupting their workflow. Now with reach of over 75 feet (23 m) and a strengthened special attachment, their robust 840 model machine is able to withstand the rigours of 6,000 operating hours a year.
In the middle of the front section of their 215,000 ft2 yard (20,000 m2), another stationary Sennebogen 825 electric material handler feeds a compactor. It will be replaced by a Sennebogen 830 E Series machine giving it more reach and lifting capacity. In addition, three more electric drive 840 R-HD material handlers mounted on a 2-m pylon work the various areas of the yard. The additional 2-m extension on these models ensure that operators have the best possible view of piles, and when loading rail cars.