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Overton’s Auto Dismantling System - cost analysis

Overton's Auto Dismantling System
Detailed cost analysis for the Auto Dismantling System over the last few months makes intereting reading.
Back in December, Overton Dismantlers told us that they had significantly increased the return from ELVs with their Auto Dismantling System. The sales pitch did sound good but now, with a few months operation under the belt and with detailed figures in, we can see just how good (or bad) the system is.


For those who didn’t see the original article then you can read it here. For those of you who have, read on. The whole idea of the Auto Dismantling System is to be able to separate the bulk (not every last little bit) of the high value metal quickly and efficiently from the elv. The data shows that the trained operator handles between 50 and 55 cars per day. This is down slightly from the 60 elv’s per day claim in the original article, but then, this is what has happened over an extended period so we can assume that it is the realistic figure in an ongoing work environment.

From a starting point, let’s take the total tonnage baled over the period which is 2367.83 tonnes. If this was baled as previously, all would have been sent to the shredder and the return would have been £414,063. That’s baled, complete with engines, gearboxes etc. This figure is our default figure. What Overton would have achieved without any extra effort.

Using the Auto Dismantling System, Overton separated the following quantities of materials into the following streams:
  • Bales - 1993.28 tonnes = £348,171
  • Steel (engines) - 183.94 tonnes = £53,061
  • Aluminium Alloys (engines, gearboxes, ABS units) - 151.36 tonnes = £60,534
  • Aluminium Alloys (heater matrixes, air con radiators and pipes) - 6.62 tonnes = £4,965
  • Mixed Copper alloys (matrixes) - 0.9637 tonnes = £1,392
  • Copper (matrixes) - 0.5599 = £1,512 tonnes
  • Copper (wire) - 19.92 tonnes = £35,856
  • Copper (brake pipes) - 0.1102 = £440
  • Starters & alternators - 11.58 tonnes = £10,422 - removed manually after engines/gearboxes have been removed
The above tonnages and values are the actual figures that Overton achieved from the 2,482 elv’s processed and as such gives a reasonably accurate analysis and breakdown. Other factors that must be considered are that 436 of the vehicles had no engine, 424 had no gearbox and 90 had no wiring loom. When you add all these figures up, you get a difference in return of £124,318. The labour costs have been quantified at £11,590 and fuel used during the trial was £2,237. So, apart from the cost of the machine and maintenance costs (which should be included), there isn’t much missing. When the fuel and labour are included you end up with an increase in return of £110,491 which represents a gain of just under 25%. Or to put it another way, that's an increased return per vehicle of £44.51.

You can view an acrobat file of this breakdown here or if you would like further details, email or call Overton on 01224 722354 or visit their website. The Auto Dismantling System will be just one of the star attractions at CARS in June and you will have an ideal opportunity to see just what it does - don’t miss it!


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