Move it, shunt it, store it, handle it

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Materials handling systems, whether they are automated storage and retrieval systems, conveyors or pick systems and vehicles, play an integral part in waste and recycling management as companies look for ways to maximise efficiency of handling processes while keeping costs down. Claire Col reports.

With the New Year underway, businesses are being urged to design products that last longer, contain fewer hazardous parts and to use resources better, in a drive to be green and boost the economy. This comes as the government launched its waste prevention programme last month. According to the report, businesses can make £18bn in annual savings by taking “simple steps” to produce less waste, while reusing products, such as household appliances and furniture. This reportedly could save households £1bn each year and “help create jobs”.   

Blue Group

Originally established in 1888 with a focus on agricultural equipment, Blue Group and its partner company, Blue Fuch, offer a range of material handlers for scrap, ports, recycling and timber handling. 

Indeed, when one of the UK’s fastest growing ports, the Port of Workington in West Cumbria, needed to expand into container handling it was to Blue Fuchs they turned to for their high capacity, long reach wheeled Fuchs MHL 385 crane. 

“The busy port handles around 300,000 tonnes of imported cargo every year, with over 250 cargo vessel movements. Materials include both dry and liquid bulks, timber and agricultural products and recyclables and the Fuchs MHL 385 is specifically designed and built for port and scrap-handling duties,” says a Blue Fuch’s spokesperson. “The new machine was delivered with its own 4m³ clamshell bucket, which is augmented by Port of Workington’s own specialist attachments which include hook, bale clamp and pulp spreader beam. Vessels of between 2000 and 8000 tonnes are being unloaded by the Fuchs.”

Mounted on a heavy duty eight-wheeled chassis with four hydraulic outriggers for added stability on static duties, the MHL 385 is reported to be very agile around the site with a 9.9m turning radius. 

Weighing in at around 75 tonnes the machine is powered by a low emission, fuel-miserly V6 Deutz diesel engine which develops 273kW at 1800RPM. Travel drive is hydrostatic with variable speeds of up to 8kmh while lift capacities are 29 tonnes maximum to 6.5 tonnes at 22m working radius. 

“The cab boom provides a raised line of sight up to 8.5m for the operator, together with a 4.5m reach over the vessel being unloaded for optimum hold and hatch visibility; cab entry and exit for the operator is at ground level. The MHL 385 can also be used for recycled aggregate and biomass, as well as for loading unloading bales of RDF/SRF/other recycelables.”

Liam McAleavey, the port’s operations and safety manager, says: “The Fuchs ticked all the boxes in terms of specification, price, performance and after-sales product support. Our operators are very happy with it, especially with the extended boom for the cab giving them excellent visibility into the hold and a full view of the hatch.”


Like many other successful companies in the world, the development of HSM, the one-stop provider for waste management systems, began humbly in a small workshop, however, they now boast a worldwide distribution network, providing materials handling systems such as multistage shredder systems, channel baling presses and PET solutions. 

HSM’s services also include complete support of a project; from system planning to initial start-up and their project engineers support projects from the very beginning. 

This includes not only HSM systems but also integration of purchased parts, such as conveyor belts, and technical design consulting, so when Somerset-based Moores Recycling needed to expand their plastics recycling sector, they turned to HSM for their new baler.

“We knew from the brief from Moores Recycling that any new system needed to be efficient and be able to run continuously without problems leading to down-time, produce well formed heavy bales across a wide variety of material feed-stocks and of course to be highly cost effective both in terms of price and running costs,” says John Hunter, HSM’s sales manager. Together HSM and the client decided on the HSM VK7215R 45kW fully automatic baling press which has specially designed, replaceable hardened facing plates and components which help to maintain reliability and reduce servicing time.

“Moreover, a powerful 720 kN press ram works in partnership with HSM’s superb channel design which together optimise bale form and density meaning high bale weights and payloads; all of which make the system a highly cost effective choice for customers. 

“Indeed, Moores’ export loads have increased by almost 20% over the previous system which has allowed a short payback period of investment,” adds Hunter.

A Jansen BV

Waste and recycling transfer stations often require bulk storage areas that can handle a variety of materials and if flexibility and durability are of key importance. A Jansen BV, the Holland-based manufacturer of the Legioblock, says to look no further than their services. Introduced to the UK market in 2012, Jansen has over 15 years experience of producing concrete building blocks solutions in Northern Europe (pictured) for all kind of constructions and says its blocks offer flexibility and durability. 

“Inspired by Lego building blocks for children, they are the ideal solution for creating storage bins, retaining and partitioning walls and industrial work spaces. Indeed, walls can be built in minutes and hours as opposed to days or weeks,” explains a company spokesperson.

“The Legioblock is a heavy weight concrete building block, capable of providing infinite structural solutions. Thanks to the interlocking principle, Legioblocks are easily stacked and placed without the need of any fixing material. 

“This way, constructions can be built easily and rapidly, allowing complete freedom to expand or modify the construction at any time,” continues the Jansen spokeswoman.

Moreover, Legioblocks can be removed, replaced or expanded at any time and without the need for digging foundations, their flexibility is their speciality. Need more capacity? Jansen says it can extend the height of existing walls or add more storage boxes. Moving to a different site? Blocks can be taken away and constructed again at a new site.

“Legioblocks are delivered directly from stock, which means very short delivery lead times. The products are produced throughout various locations in Europe including the UK. They arrive on site by lorries and are then lifted into place with a Hi-ab crane and stone clamp. A level and stable foundation is the only requirement for the construction of the Legioblocks. Moreover Jansen provides a closed loop solution including design, static calculations, transport, construction and even roofing structures. This way, customers only have one point of contact for the realisation of their entire project,” adds the company representative.


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