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RWM fails to deliver for the auto recycler

Stainless steel separation
One area that we must keep an eye on is the advances in material separation that were on show. Here Bunting demonstrate a unit that can separate stainless steel and materials with only the slightest amount of magnetic attraction - is the day for cost effective, complete car recycling coming closer?
We were disappointed last year at RWM but this year, apart from a couple of directly related stands, the show was a washout for the dismantler.

OK, there were things to see and there are always ancillary areas that are of interest but that’s not really what going to a show is about. So, let’s cover what was of interest.

When it comes to vehicle depollution equipmetn on show, only our friends from Crow Environmental were present who, apart from depollution equipment, also supply ancillary process equipment for cable stripping and CAT de-canning. David Pinner felt the show would be good for them and I expect their range of scrap processing machinery extends the potential buyer for them.

Dismantling systems, which we saw in operation at CARS2014 last year were also thin on the ground, with only SAS Forks taking a stand. This American machinery supplier is marketed in the UK by JMC Machinery who also supply the Vortex range of depollution equipment. JMC’s stand, which focuses primarily on the scrap processing equipment at RWM, was smaller than in previous years, again, reflecting what we feel is a reducing interest in the show from both the auto recycling and scrap sectors.

One new feature of interest for the auto recycler was on the Hammel stand where they launched their new RDI system. This is a tool that uses satellite technology to keep you in touch with your Hammel shredders, which in turn, helps keep downtime to a minimum and increase efficiency. If you operate this sort of equipment and would like further details, then we covered it in more detail on our sister site, SCRAPpro here. Whilst we’re on shredding, EH Hassell announced that they now handle Panizzolo’s range of both mobile and static equipment, for shredding and cleaning. Many will be more aware of Hassell’s for their Sennebogen range of material handlers and Bonfiglioli shears and balers. Again, this story was covered in more detail here on SCRAPpro.

On the baler front, Lefort launched their new Conkest 300T non-ferrous metal shear / baler, and their portable version of the Conkest 600T ferrous metal shear / baler. The Conkest 300T shear / baler is the latest Lefort design and was exhibited for the first time anywhere in the world at RWM. Again, we covered this in more detail here on SCRAPpro.

Also, though it’s straying a bit for many of us, improvements in separating mixed material streams was quite significant with a number of manufacturers such as Eriez, Bunting and Redwave demonstrating their latest achievements. The interest for us here is that any big improvements in material separation brings the concept of total car recycling, and cutting out the dismantling process all together, potentially that bit closer. On the other hand, perhaps it gives us new areas to develop into.

Well, that was about it. I only bumped into two dismantlers I know in the whole day. I don’t think that’s ever happened before. We look forward to CARS next June to see some real kit!

October 2015

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