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New recycling products and services available.

New Recycling Products and Services Available

The short fill solution

Mosley Machinery Co., Inc.'s Short Filled Beverage Can Processor, or "Shorty," slices, drains and washes short-filled beverage cans in preparation for recycling. According to Waco, TX-based Mosley, the recently-introduced device is presently in use at The Stroh Brewery Co.'s Longview, TX plant and at a Lafayette, LA soft drink bottling site.

Shorty incorporates a system of knives and a rotating feeder which slices the cans to drain the fluids. This action, the manufacturer reports, uses little energy and minimizes shredding. A water spray washes the sliced cans as they exit on an inclined perforated conveyor.

Excess fluid is drained before the cans are delivered off the end of the conveyor at a height of approximately seven feet. A pump can also be installed, Mosley said, to deliver the fluid to a remote location. At this point, the metal is suitable for recycling.

The basic Shorty model is made of carbon steel but a stainless steel-constructed model is also an option. Weighing 1,500 pounds and forkliftable, Shorty is seven-feet-two-inches high by four-feet-three-inches wide by 10-feet-two-and-a-half-inches long. According to the manufacturer, the device has a capacity of approximately 750 pounds of metal per hour or 14,250 pounds of 12-oz. beverage cans per hour.

Mosley also manufacturers the S and RS lines of aluminum can densifiers for use at beverage production and distribution businesses. The S-1000 and S-2000 densifiers, according to Mosley, employ energy-efficient hydraulics and "thermostatically-controlled" oil heaters and oil coolers. Further, the company reported, the machines produce consistently high-quality, high-density, uniform biscuits. The S line devices, which require no preflattener, self adjust for whole cans or for a whole can/flat can mix.

The S-1000 has a capacity of up to 950 pounds per hour processing whole cans and up to 1,300 pounds per hour processing a flat can/whole can mix. The S-2000, meanwhile, has a capacity of up to 1,600 pounds per hour processing whole cans and up to 2,200 pounds per hour processing a flat can/whole can mix.

Features of the RS line, Moseley said, include bolt-in wear plates, easy access for periodic maintenance, elimination of troubelsome limit switches and in-cylinder sensors and full-flow oil filtration for minimum downtime. Available in the RS-3000 and RS-4000 models, the can densifiers boast a compact size.

The RS-3000 has a capacity of up to 2,300 pounds per hour processing whole cans and up to 3,100 pounds per hour processing flat cans. The RS-4000, meanwhile, has a capacity of up to 2,900 pounds per hour processing whole cans and up to 4,000 pounds per hour processing flat cans. Typical biscuit weight is 21 pounds.

Self-contained recycling unit available

C.S. Bell Co.'s Glass Crusher, available in several sizes, is ideal for beverage producers and distributors, the Tiffin, OH company reports. The self-contained recycling units feature quick, easy maintenance and durability, C.S. Bell remarked.

According to the firm, Model HMG-16P, already in use at a soft drink bottling company, employs durable rotor breaker bars. Made of a special alloy to "give more life than conventional bars," they are abrasive resistant and are mounted on pins for free swinging. Additionally, C.S. Bell said, the unit features easy access to all critical parts for service, inspection and maintenance. "Nothing is difficult to get to," the firm stated, and only basic service tools are required.

The Glass Crusher's straight-line "up, over and out" conveyor design results in the fast, efficient processing of glass containers into recyclable cullet. The HMG-16P, which is constructed of heavy gauge steel, can accept empty or full glass containers up to one gallon in size.

Less than eight-feet high, four-feet wide and 13-feet wide, the HMG-16P weighs about 800 pounds. The unit is controlled by on/off toggle switches, one each for the crusher and conveyor. The crusher has tubular steel supports and all moving parts are protected by shields. Additionally, the conveyor bed is enclosed at the sides and bottom for better protection.

Other Glass Crusher models, the HMG-30 and HMG-40, are wear resistant and built especially for operation in industrial plants, glass waste management and recovery facilities.

Alcoa portable recycling center unveiled

Alcoa Recycling Co., a division of the Aluminum Co. of America, recently introduced its portable recycling center. The device, according to Pittsburgh-based Alcoa, is "a solution to the problem of making recycling centers accessible and affordable in less densely-populated areas."

The portable recycling center, which the manufacturer further said takes "a major step beyond the typical mobile recycling unit," incorporates a buy-line, separator/conveyor, scale hopper and flattener/blower or densifier.

Resembling a mobile home or construction site office, the unit with a densifier can hold up to 10,000 pounds of processed cans, Alcoa said. Loose, flattened cans can also be blown into a trailer adjacent to the recycling unit.

"The beauty of the portable recycling center is that it is both versatile and low-cost," John Redmond, Alcoa Recycling Machinery Services (ARMS) president, stated. "It can be used as a self-contained, mobile recycling unit or it can be delivered on a turnkey, semi-permanent basis for fixed installation."

ARMS, recently established by Alcoa, manufactures and sells equipment for the recycling of aluminum beverage containers.

PHOTO : Mosley Machinery's Short Filled Beverage Can Processor or "Shorty."

PHOTO : C.S. Bell Co.'s Glass Crusher.

PHOTO : Alcoa Recycling's Portable Recycling Center.
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Date:Jul 10, 1989
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