IFAT: Innovation, resources and solutions

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IFAT, the trade show for environmental technology, takes place on 5-9 May in Munich and, once again, intends to be a showcase for innovations designed to meet the environmental challenges in countries around the world. Silvia Fritscher reports.

Today there is a huge potential in the environmental technology sector and nowhere is this better illustrated than at IFAT 2014, the biennial trade show in Munich, Germany. Conditions are therefore excellent for exhibitors at IFAT to present their products, innovations and above all solutions to the market on 5-9 May in Bavaria’s capital city.


The global launch of JCB’S new telescopic handler will take place at IFAT 2014 when JCB unveils its new model for the waste management industry, the 560-80 Wastemaster in Munich. 

The high capacity 560-80 Wastemaster is a heavy-duty machine engineered for arduous waste management applications, and has a six tonne maximum lift capacity. It has been designed as a telehandler with wheeled loader performance and can lift to a maximum height of 8.1m (26’2”). Its two-stage boom carries a heavy-duty implement carriage, with a broader boom nose. The boom is equipped with a Z-bar linkage, similar to a wheeled loader, delivering robust digging ability and breakout forces as high as 6,800kgf (15,000lbf) when used with a bucket. In addition, it features extra cab and underside protection, reversing cooling fan and added guards.

As well as working at height, the telehandler offers a 1,750kg load capacity at full forward reach, particularly useful when loading across trucks. The 560-80 has seat-mounted servo controls for maximum comfort and ease of use, as well as regenerative hydraulics that recoup energy when the boom is lowered or retracted. 


At this year’s IFAT in Munich shredding, chipping and screener specialist, Komptech will present four new machines: the Axtor 6010, the Crambo direct, the Topturn X and the Hurrifex. 

According to Komptech, the centrepiece of this year’s IFAT presentation will be the Axtor 6010, the little brother of the Axtor 8012. 

Numerous components have been downsized to fit the lower power, like the feed ramp, intake opening and chipping drum, which in no way diminishes utility - in fact, it does the opposite. The Axtor 6010 is the right size for most facilities and operators, who can use it to capacity. This naturally also has a very advantageous effect on pricing. The Axtor 6010 rounds out Komptech’s offerings in the area of biomass processing.

SSI Schäfer

The new refuse and recycling container from SSI Schäfer will be presented to the trade audience for the first time at IFAT 2014. Manufactured with new tool and production technology, this container has thinner walls but greater stability and a longer service life, says the company. Using less plastic to make these containers saves resources, of course, but the lightweight design means they are also easier for the waste disposal operatives to handle, and less energy is consumed by the lifting devices on the collection vehicles.


For waste collection vehicles and other municipal vehicles one highly topical subject is the emissions norm Euro VI that has been in force since the end of 2013, beginning of 2014. Many companies have had to find solutions to the higher space requirements of the larger components in the exhaust system as compared to Euro V. Commercial vehicle manufacturers like MAN or Daimler have mastered this challenge in close cooperation with the body builders. And Scania has announced that at the upcoming IFAT it will be presenting the most comprehensive engines programme in its history - including biodiesel and gas engines. 


Body builder Faun will be showing two new options that can be used by waste disposal companies to reduce fuel consumption, carbon emissions and noise in their waste collection vehicles. In the Hydropower system, developed by the Faun Group, braking energy is recovered, stored in a hydro storage unit and used to operate the tipping process during the collection tour, without the need to increase the engine revs. The second environmentally friendly innovation from this company is the E-Power auxiliary drive. 

Here a battery pack that can be charged overnight delivers the energy for the electrical drive of the body and the tipping operation.

FX Meiller

In time for IFAT 2014 comes the roll-out of the new generation of skip handlers from the manufacturer FX Meiller. Among other features their AK 12 product series now has a further enhanced load securing system. 

The container is secured both in the direction of travel and opposite to the direction of travel by the proven hydraulic container lock. In addition, with this new development, two hydraulically operated lateral clamps grab on to the container. 

Gone are the days of unwieldy operator manoeuvring, says the manufacturer. Now it’s all secured by the touch of the button. 

Schmidt Kommunalfahrzeuge

In the view of Schmidt Kommunalfahrzeuge local authorities don’t necessarily have to own their waste collection vehicles. 

The company will be presenting not only a new small refuse collection vehicle with a payload of around 5.5 tons, but also its rental range of commercial vehicles. According to Schmidt Kommunalfahrzeuge, the leasing option means customers get to use the latest technology, have no workshop worries during the rental period and once the contract is ended, they don’t have to go to the bother of selling the vehicle - they simply hand it back.


After collection and transport, many waste and recovered materials then go through an intensive processing phase. The recycling specialist BHS-Sonthofen has so far been known as a supplier of crushing machinery employing impact and shearing forces. 

Since acquiring the technology from the insolvent AMNI Maschinenbau in December 2013, the company now has products in its portfolio that can be used for recycling elastic materials such as tires or cables. At IFAT 2014 BHS will be presenting its newly-acquired rotor shears and granulators for the first time. 


In many waste treatment and recycling plants, large quantities of combustible materials are stored and processed. Preventive fire protection is required here. Orglmeister offers its Pyrosmart system for properly and safely monitoring large sites in particular. This consists of an infrared thermal imaging camera and a daylight camera which can scan large areas by means of a mechanical pan/tilt drive. 

The highly sensitive thermal imaging camera recognises temperature anomalies in real time. Patented software turns the thermal images into an accurate infrared panorama picture. The user can determine the temperature thresholds as he wishes. 

When these values are exceeded an alarm is automatically activated. 

At IFAT, Orglmeister will present an equipment combination that links up the Pyrosmart directly to a fire extinguisher from the manufacturer Rosenbauer. This system enables fully automatic detection and extinguishing of fires.


In waste management and depending on the application fire and heat can also be very helpful, as exemplified by the pyrolisation process to be presented by Pyreg in Munich. 

During this process moist organic material, for example sewage sludge, is turned into a fertiliser high in phosphorus. But instead of being burned the waste material is pyrolised in a reactor in temperatures up to 800°C. 

Almost all the harmful substances are extracted and destroyed. What remains is a substrate that farmers can simply spread on their land without any further processing. 

Recovering the natural - and limited - resource of phosphorus is one of the biggest challenges in securing worldwide food production in the future.

Further information, visit www.ifat.de

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