A tale of productivity and reliabilityPublished 29/12, 2016 at 17:08
In Canada the Quebec firm Pièces Auto Talbot has been getting great results with their Indeco ISS 20/30 rotating shear for vehicle demolition.
The demolition of automobiles and other machinery, has long been an essential part of the production cycle of ferrous metals supplied to the iron and steel industry. Currently two-thirds of the world’s steel production comes from scrap metal. Despite the current contraction in demand, the recycling industry has continued to develop techniques and use machines that improve productivity. Indeco offers a range of shears that permit the recycling sector to achieve those goals.
Pièces Auto Talbot based in Stoneham, about 20km north of Quebec City has been involved in the auto demolition market for many years. The company delivers the material to Montreal where it goes through another treatment process before shipment to Asia. Founders and owners of the company brothers Benoît and Pierre Arsenault, decided to switch cutting systems, opting for a shear instead of oxygen/ acetylene cutting torches.
On the advice of the Indeco SMS dealer, Pièces Auto Talbot opted for an Indeco ISS 20/30 rotating shear with 360° rotation. The shear has proven to be extremely productive and reliable. The ISS 20/30 rotating shear has given a new impetus to the company, transforming their business and enhancing profitability. “For years we used cutting torches to make primary cuts and reduce the scrap to furnace-ready pieces, but though we had a skilled and expert workforce, we couldn’t handle all the work at peak activity,” said Benoît Arsenault. “The Indeco ISS 20/30 rotating shear allows us to perform problem-free cutting of a pipe with a 18mm thickness and 250mm diameter, a railway track, an IPE beam, an HEA beam or a 70mm diameter solid bar. The shear turned out to be excellent for cutting big bundles of electric cables and tyres and definitely improved safety conditions.”
“Before we bought the shear we could fill one 30t container a week using three people working with the torch, whereas now we can fill two containers using just one machine operator,” said Pierre Arsenault. “We are still operating our old Komatsu excavator, but are about to buy a new one from SMS. We’re sure this will improve the speed and precision of the movements and the rotation of the shear, and that we’ll gain an additional advantage when it comes to productivity. By operating 8h/day to 10h/day, every day, except holidays and when weather conditions don’t permit, we doubled productivity. After 4,000t of material produced without experiencing even one problem, we’re in a position to say that the ISS 20/30 rotating shear is extremely reliable.”