Recycling and handling waste in focus at RWM 2017

Published 15/11, 2017 at 18:39

The RWM exhibition is the UK’s largest exhibition for the recycling, processing, handling and deriving solutions from waste materials. Held at the NEC in Birmingham, over 500 exhibitors provided an insight into how their equipment and services can help businesses, governments and individuals deal with a variety of waste. This year there was also a great deal to interest demolition companies, with many exhibitors providing equipment and services for the handling, processing and recycling of construction and demolition materials.

Over 11,000 visitors came to the RWM exhibition aimed at providing innovative solutions for the recycling and waste management industries.  Although not specifically aimed at the requirements of the demolition and construction industries, there were many exhibits that highlighted solutions specifically for all companies involved in demolition and recycling construction materials.


Outside display area

In the outside area Eggersmann Group, showed its single shaft Teuton Z55 shredder as well as the twin shaft Forus machine along with its Terra Select trommel screen.

On the Molson Green stand there was a large selection of equipment.  This was a new venture for Molson, which recently announced a trading agreement with Terex to market its Ecotec range in the UK. This includes Terex’s chippers, grinders, trommels, slow, medium and high speed waste shredders and recycling screens. 

One of the shredders displayed was the Terex TDS820 slow speed shredder. This shredder features customizable shredding programs that give operators the opportunity to configure the machine to their specific requirements, reduce material wrapping and maximize production. Also featured were examples of the Trommall range developed by Powerscreen Ireland. This included a selection of tracked and wheeled trommels for processing construction and demolition wastes.

First Grade Recycling Systems also displayed some of their trommel screens, vibrating feeders, picking stations, conveyors and elevators, as well as separators using air, magnets and water. 


Purpose developed screens

Inside the exhibition halls were a whole range of screens that have been developed for the recycling of construction and demolition materials. German company IFE Aufbereitungstechnik and its UK distributor, Enigma Engineers, showed some of their screening technology. These are flat screen designs with an unbalanced shaft for the treatment of materials, waste and recycling. The screen panels are arranged in cascades and their design allows for maximum screen openings, guaranteeing a non-clogging operation. The company also exhibited its Trisomat screen, which has been developed for difficult to handle material as well as its Ifo Variomat. 

Jost, through its UK distributor, displayed screening solutions including its pre-separation technology TopSpin, which is used for the pre-separation of difficult to screen waste. The Jost Flip-Flow screener was also on show as a solution for sticky and difficult to screen materials.

Bulk Handling Systems Europe showed its debris roll screen. This patented technology is ideal for sizing a single stream of construction and demolition waste as the patented discs provides material agitation and separation. 

In conjunction with German company Spaleck, Terex Finlay launched its purpose developed 883+. This marries existing Finlay flatbed screening technology with Spaleck’s 3D-Combi-Flip-Flow-Screen. The latter is ideal for processing sticky or wet materials with separation available in from approximately 2mm to 120mm.  The 3D screening segments guarantee correct grain size with no long pieces or extraneous material for the tension shaft screen on the lower deck. 


Demolition attachments

Arden equipment had a wide selection of attachments for demolition including grapplers and sorters as well as information on its other equipment and services. Durwen Recycling Attachments proudly showed its latest development the ‘T’ profile fork clamps. This new range of attachments enhances the existing product range providing a smaller scale solution to a variety of material handling and processing applications.

Copex showed the Lidex hydraulic scrap shear with side compression for compacting and shearing of heavy and bulky scrap with an automatic cycle. This cycle includes the dropping of scrap from the pre-load table into the compression box, the closing of the box, the pre-compression of the log and the complete cutting cycle. The Lidez scrap shears are available with cutting force of 800t, 1,000t, 1,300t or 1,700t and compression boxes from 6m up to 10m, delivering production from 41t/h up to 110t/h.


Magnetic separators

Magnetic separator manufacturers were well represented with three showing their products. Master Magnets highlighted its range of overband self-cleaning magnets for the extraction of ferrous metals from a conveyed product stream. 

Eriez Magnetics Europe showcased its all-metals recovery ECS module for ferrous and non-ferrous separation as well as its Shred 1 ballistic separator, which picks out the premium low-copper shred from the flow of mixed metals and waste material after it has passed the drum magnet. 

Warwick Ward Machinery unveiled the Terex Ecohog THM-ECS2000. This has been specifically developed to deal with material streams, which contain metals. The HogMag Separator is the latest addition to the Ecohog range, providing a mobile eddy current magnetic separator with integrated vibrating pan, magnetic drum and stockpiling conveyors.


Shredding solutions

Italian company Molinari Recycling provided information on its single shaft shredder Tpm2000. This machine uses trapezoidal blades and speed of rotation providing optimum performance in terms of energy consumption, production and maintenance. 

Metso, through its Danish subsidiary, showed its PreShredder crawler version, which provides onsite mobility, combined with Metso’s new PreShred 4000M which is able to deal with all types of material.


Other exhibits of interest

There were also many companies specializing in handling construction and demolition waste.  Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions showed its expertise at system integration, specifically separating municipal solid waste and construction and demolition waste into valuable recyclables. 

Baughans Barrel Screens provided information on its recycling equipment and rehandling attachments, while Mogensen, a division of Grantham Engineering, promoted vibratory equipment for the raw materials and bulk handling sectors of recycling and waste management. Nihot Recycling Technology exhibited its SDS semi-mobile air separator, which can be used to process a wide range of input materials in order to generate a qualified heavy and light fraction. The SDS can be further used to process screened fractions from solid waste or separating stones from biomass. Coveya, which manufactures the Easikit range of heavy-duty conveyors for the demolition industry, displayed the Easikit 1200 conveyor for high volume industrial applications.

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