UKCM unveils solution for repairing comb bars on waste containers

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UK Container Maintenance (UKCM) has devised a way of replacing comb bars on steel containers.

With manufacturers often claiming that comb bars cannot be replaced, the technical team at UKCM said it has developed a solution which restores this part of the unit and therefore reduces the need to send damaged containers to scrap.

Replacement comb bars (frontal receivers) can be fitted to containers which have suffered damage to the lifting point and cannot be rectified correctly. A replacement frontal receiver which meets BS EN 840/2 2012 (form A) is installed in-line with its original specification.

Together with the company’s in-house testing facility, the container endures further checks in-line with BS EN 840/5 test requirements, where applicable (including nominal load) on a compatible standardised lifting device.

Emma Elston MBE, CEO of UKCM, said: “This unique service brings steel containers back to full working order, with no compromise to the integrity and safe operation of the container. We are constantly looking at new ways to prolong the life of containers."

UKCM said it is also currently trialling comb bar protectors for 1100ltrs plastic containers with a number of waste companies including Brown Recycling, Grundon Waste Management and the Shorts Group.

Results so far have been very positive, stated Elston before adding: "Adding comb bars protectors can strengthen plastic containers which suffer damage to the frontal receiver. Coated to prevent corrosion, they can be fitted at customers’ depots via UKCM’s mobile team as it takes less than 10 minutes per container to install. This new service will launch in January 2017."


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