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Iris-Mec’s range opens up your options for depolluting and dismantling

Iris-Mec depollution and dismantling equipment
CIS take on the Iris-Mec agency for UK and Ireland.
Many of us have dealt with CIS already, being the UK supplier for the Holmatro range of cat cutters, as well as independent hydraulic specialists. More recently they acquired the UK and Ireland agencies for Italy’s Iris-Mec range of ELV processing equipment.


Iris-Mec is not the most familiar name in the UK when it comes to ELV processing but I get the feeling that’s about to change; now a company with the pedigree of CIS is involved. CIS founder and Managing Director, Robin Davie explained, “The Iris-Mec range has never really been made available to the UK market. You only have to look at the products to understand that this is high quality engineering, but up until now, no one company has taken the bull by the horns and not only made the whole range available, but also put in place service backup to match.”

Because of this, it’s easy to misunderstand what a successful company Iris Mec is as they have installed hundreds of units throughout Europe and worldwide over the last six years.

As with most companies supplying our market, Iris-Mec offers a variety of equipment so they can cater to the varying demands of different sites. When it comes to depollution rigs, the customer has a choice of automatic or manual systems, the big plus with the automatic is that all operations are checked and tank levels monitored for you. For fluids, five suction tubes are available, all colour coded for each liquid, while a height-adjustable arm with a 12L catch basin drains engine, gearbox and differential oils. Connections and suction caps are also fitted to drain the brake fluid and there’s also a handy tool storage compartment. One feature I liked was the air operated fuel drill which automatically seals and operates the drain valves. The operator can get on with another task once the hole is drilled.

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Iris-Mec's tyre presses can handle upto 140 wheels per hour. The units are fully enclosed but don’t restrict operation which makes them extremely safe, even with alloy wheels!
What about lifts? You have the option of a fixed rig or Iris-Mec’s pantographed 2500 Kgs capacity hydraulic lift, specifically designed and manufactured for ELV’s. This allows the operator to drain fluids from under the bonnet and then, once in the raised position from beneath the vehicle with the minimum of restriction.

The range doesn’t stop with depollution, they also do a very safe and effective range of tyre presses; the largest can handle up to 140 wheels and tyres per hour, reducing wheel size and increasing storage capacity, whilst reducing transport costs giving quick return on investment. The clever thing about this range is that the process is fully enclosed yet it doesn’t restrict operation which makes it extremely safe, even with alloy wheels!

Another interesting piece of kit is Iris-Mec’s rotating ELV rig which is a great aid for removing large items from an ELV such as engines, gearboxes, axles and also catalytic convertors. The rig uses a fully automatic clamping arm over the vehicle preventing any movement of the ELV when in the vertical position and being worked on.

There’s plenty more; storage tanks, air con fluid removal, air bag detonation, and of course, the cat cutters and hydraulic power packs which many of us already know about.

CIS plan to develop a demonstration centre at their Northampton base for potential customers to view and try out the equipment but in the meantime, if you visit their website, you can see videos of the equipment working. If you are looking for depollution equipment, then it would be worth taking a look at Iris-Mec.

CIS already has a long history in our industry with Holmatro and they don’t only understand the importance of quality design and manufacture but also the back up to keep your business working. Visit their website or call Pete, Simon or Robin on 01604 642020.

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