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Suppliers Offer Machines to Grind, Process Waste Wood
Wood Waste Can Be Converted to Marketable Products

By Staff
Date Posted: 8/1/2002

Pallet and sawmill businesses produce significant volumes of waste wood material as a by-product of their operations.

Whether the company is fully integrated, with its own sawmill or scragg mill, remanufacturing lumber into pallet parts, making pallets from cut stock, or repairing pallets and conducting other pallet recycling operations, new and recycled wood waste accumulates. The slabs, trim ends and shims pile up; at pallet recycling operations, broken or otherwise flawed used pallet parts and entire pallets mount up.

Waste wood is a material handling challenge and also a solid waste disposal issue, and both represent added costs to a company.

Suppliers of grinding and shredding equipment and other machinery can help them convert wood waste to other marketable products, such as chips for the pulp and paper industry and other wood-fiber products, such as mulch, colored mulch, livestock bedding, and so on. These various types of equipment can enable a company to convert what may have been an expense (removing material to a landfill, for example) into a new, value-added product that generates additional revenues. In addition, investments in such equipment can position pallet recyclers to provide revenue-generating grinding and disposal services for pallet-using companies.

Various types of grinding and shredding equipment have provided solutions to pallet companies and sawmills. Technological advances have improved both the product produced by the machinery and their performance. Suppliers offer systems to process relatively small volumes of waste wood or an individual pallet to much larger machinery that can grind entire pallets or skids and other large wood debris, such as limbs or stumps. Grinding and shredding machinery varies widely in terms of production capacity, size, portability, and other factors.

With some effort, companies are developing new wood fiber products and markets where they may be sold. These include bedding for livestock, surface coverings for playgrounds, landscape mulch, including colored mulch, supplementary feedstock for fiberboard production, fuel, compost, and others.

The pallet industry is always on the lookout for value-added wood fiber markets. The Pallet Enterprise partnered with the Pallet Profile Weekly to conduct a number of pallet recycling surveys during the 1990s. Surveys were sent to a wide spectrum of our industry's recyclers, including those companies that have taken industry leadership roles. The surveys in 1996, 1997 and 1998 asked companies that sold wood fiber to identify their markets according to seven categories: uncolored mulch, fuel, colored mulch, animal bedding, sludge compost, higher value-added fiber products, and other.

The average percentages reported over the three years for each of the seven categories, as illustrated in the accompanying pie chart, reveal some interesting patterns. Higher value wood fiber markets appeared to be developing a larger market share during 1996-98. For example, colored mulch grew from 9.6% in 1996 to 11.9% in 1997 and 16.8% in 1998. The category of higher value added fiber products exhibited similar growth, increasing from 7.7% in 1996 to 10.5% in 1997 and 14.0% in 1998.

By contrast, the lower valued fuel market registered declines from 32.0% in 1996 to 26.6% in 1997 and 18.4% in 1998.

Finally, the ‘other’ category dipped from 7.6% in 1996 to 5.5% in 1997 and then increased to 13.9% in 1998; the overall growth for the period suggests that recyclers are not content to stay with conventional markets but continue to seek more profitable alternatives.

While these surveys were limited to recycling, pallet recycling constitutes a larger portion of the pallet market each year.

While some companies have invested in machinery to grind or shred waste wood, others may choose simply to partner with such companies by supplying them with waste wood.

Pallet companies and sawmills should carefully consider the pros and cons of investing in grinding or shredding equipment, just as they should for any strategic business decision. They may need to investigate markets for mulch and other wood fiber products and to carefully determine their costs — in other words, develop a sound business plan.

We present the following information from suppliers who provide grinding and shredding machinery and related equipment. In addition to grinding and shredding machinery, some suppliers provide mulch coloring systems or colorant, and magnets and magnetic systems for removing nails and other ferrous metal from wood grindings. Information about how to contact each supplier is included. Suppliers are listed in alphabetic order.

Amerimulch Mobile Unit Ready for Demos

Amerimulch has developed a mobile demonstration system for manufacturing colored mulch. The system will be traveling the country the second half of 2002 and in 2003, showing companies with excess wood how easy, efficient, and profitable mulch coloring can be.

The portable Amerimulch system allows companies to see how the equipment would run on their site and using their wood fiber material.

"We need to get across to the market how easy and efficient our systems are," said Scott Thompson, vice president of sales and marketing for Amerimulch. "We can drive this system onto your site and color a couple hundred yards of your fiber. Then we can drive our system to the next location to do the same thing. If you're thinking about getting into this business, this is a great way to get hands-on experience with a system."

The Amerimulch Mobile Middie-Mite system produces around 170 cubic yards of colored mulch per hour. It features a generator power unit, low water usage, and a high-energy mixing action.

With Amerimulch Ultra™ colorants, the Mobile Middie-Mite system can even color green wood fiber and other challenging waste wood.

For more information or to ask for a demonstration run at your site, contact Amerimulch toll-free at (888) 556-3304.

Bandit Beast Recycling Machines Utilize Patented Cuttermill System

Transforming materials that traditionally have been burned or taken to a landfill into a form that can be recycled or compacted is a challenge. Leaves, brush, bark, chunk wood, logs, stumps, whole trees, pallets, construction and demolition material, railroad ties, telephone poles, cardboard, and sawmill, logging and land-clearing waste all come in odd shapes and sizes. They often contain dirt, sand, grit and other foreign materials such as steel and large rocks that cause wear or damage to size reduction equipment. Other materials, such as wet leaves, palm trees, wet newspaper, shingles and asphalt tend to be a problem for many grinders.

Some of these materials may be tough to process, but Bandit says not for its horizontal Beast recycling machines. Bandit Industries Beast grinders can quickly and effectively transform the above mentioned materials and more into a uniform end product suited for mulch, compost, animal bedding, pressed board or fuel -- thanks to a variety of different cutting and grinding tools that allow tailoring the end product.

The Beast's approach to size reduction is different. The heart of the Beast is a unique patented cuttermill system that uses a controlled cutting action instead of a beating action. The difference is like comparing an ax to a sledgehammer: which would you rather use to cut down a tree? The choice is obvious.

Bandit has a Beast recycling machine that is right for most applications. They are available in three sizes: the Model 2680, the Model 3680 and the Model 5680.

The Model 2680 Beast recycler is the newest addition to Bandit's product line. This rugged, high production, horizontal waste reduction machine was built like its big brother and predecessor, the Model 3680 Beast. The only difference is that it is more compact. The Model 2680 features a 24-inch by 60-inch opening, 12-foot-long infeed and discharge conveyors, and the same cuttermill, teeth and infeed chain as the Model 3680. A 30-foot discharge conveyor with a 17-foot, 6-inch discharge height is available as an option to aid in loading open-top trailers or creating sizeable piles. A hydraulic thrower, mounted on the end of the 12-foot conveyor, is offered for loading end-opening trailers or for broadcasting material over a site. The thrower is especially popular for utilizing logging slash and waste from flail debarkers.

According to Bandit, the Model 2680 will consume about half the fuel to reduce the same amount of material and will process 50%-75% more per hour when compared to other grinders in the same category. Choose from Caterpillar, Cummins and John Deere diesel engine options from 275-375 horsepower.

The original Beast, the Model 3680, has a cuttermill opening of 30 inches by 60 inches with an infeed conveyor height of about 4 feet; this Beast is very easy to feed with no length limitations. Choose from Caterpillar, Cummins or John Deere diesel engines from 350-680 horsepower.

The Model 3680 is also available as a self-propelled unit designed for off-highway and off-landing use. Features include a CAT 325 undercarriage with a variable speed hydraulic drive and enough power to traverse fairly rough terrain. It is equipped with an 11-foot-long track-type infeed conveyor and a 12-foot-long, 40-inch-wide discharge conveyor. Power options include a Caterpillar or John Deere 500 horsepower diesel engine.

The Model 5680 is the third and largest and most powerful recycler in the Beast family with a massive opening of 40 inches by 83 inches and power options from 800-1,000 horsepower. This unit is highly productive with the capability of processing up to 200 tons an hour, depending on the material. The large opening makes it especially effective when processing large logs and stumps. It can quickly and effortlessly reduce a 40-inch by 40-foot dry elm log to mulch in less than 3 minutes.

The large screening area inside the Model 5680 totals nearly 30 square feet. A 12-foot by 48-inch primary side discharge conveyor is provided along with a 30-foot by 48-inch secondary discharge conveyor. A unique, heavy-duty link chain infeed conveyor pulls material to a powerful hydraulic feed wheel. The Model 5680 can be operated by a radio remote control system.

Production, versatility, ease of service, low maintenance costs and a consistent end product make all three model Beast recyclers suitable for turning waste wood material into usable, profitable products.

For more information, contact Bandit Industries at (989) 561-2270, fax (989) 561-2273, e-mail brushbandit@eclipsetel.com, or visit the Web site at www.banditchippers.com.

Becker Underwood Supplies Mulch Coloring Systems and Colorants

Becker Underwood developed its reliable colorant technology and efficient Second Harvester systems to help companies turn wood fiber into profit-generating colored mulch.

Becker Underwood, which also manufactures mulch colorants, launched the Second Harvester mulch coloring machine in 1996. The Second Harvester produces colored mulch rapidly while providing thorough, rich coloration. It accomplishes this through an innovative combination of speed, aggressive mixing action, color delivery and minimal water usage.

The Becker Underwood Second Harvester has become one of the company's signature products, and they are in use around the world.

Becker Underwood's mulch and aggregate division team then set out to develop new, innovative technology for the Second Harvester equipment line -- a system that would use even less water. Becker Underwood introduced its Second Harvester Sahara model in 2000.

The Sahara mulch coloring system employs a forceful, multi-chamber, high-speed mixing action and dual pump, micron-optimizing colorant delivery system to manufacture bright,

uniformly coated colored mulch with optimized colorant and water usage.

The Sahara uses significantly less water. Because drying time is virtually eliminated, mulch exiting the machine is ready for bagging and shipping. Without excess moisture, shipping costs can be greatly reduced.

With a minimum production capacity of 200 cubic yards per hour, the Second Harvester Sahara was made for large-scale operations. A mobile version of the Second Harvester is also available for production flexibility at multiple sites.

Becker Underwood recently added the Simple Touch Color Monitor for its Second Harvester line of mulch coloring systems. It was developed and tested -- as other product advancements -- at the Becker Underwood mulch and aggregate demonstration yard in Ames, Iowa.

The Becker Underwood Simple Touch Color Monitor provides improved control over the coloring process by enabling operators of Second Harvester systems to observe and monitor the level of colorant present in the container. If colorant levels become too low, the system automatically shuts down. The easy-to-use, operator-friendly monitor allows accurate analysis of colorant usage rates and more effective management of Second Harvester mulch coloring systems.

Becker Underwood has been creating colorants for a variety of applications for nearly 20 years. It began serving the mulch industry in 1991 with the development of Mulch Magic, the long-lasting, fade-resistant colorant specifically formulated for landscapers to touch up fading mulch. Created as a topical spray application, Mulch Magic colorants returned long-lasting color to mulch without the need — or expense — of remulching.

The success of Mulch Magic spurred Becker Underwood to develop Mulch Magic Premium, a colorant known for its bright color and resistance to fading.

Becker Underwood became an ISO 9001 registered company. This achievement allows customers to purchase and use Becker Underwood products with the assurance that formulations and colors remain consistent, so that colors and performance will always match from batch to batch.

Becker Underwood's emphasis on science and technology continually drives the company’s new ideas and creates new opportunities to help mulch producers. It maintains its own research laboratories at its headquarters in Ames, Iowa. Sophisticated testing and quality controls are performed to assure the company and its customers that each product is as good as it can be and exceeds expectations. The company’s products set high standards for safety and durability, so they may be used with confidence.

Today the company has more than 140 employees. Besides its headquarters facilities, Becker Underwood maintains offices, laboratories and production facilities in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Becker Underwood recently aligned its international facilities and product lines to achieve synergies. Canada and United Kingdom-based MicroBio Group Ltd., acquired in 2000, now operates under the Becker Underwood name, strengthening the company’s global brand positioning.

Producers of colored mulch rely on Becker Underwood for consistent product quality and a high level of performance. Becker Underwood is committed to providing the right solutions for customers to provide a high level of service.

For more information on Becker Underwood's Mulch Magic Premium colorants, Second Harvester or Second Harvester Sahara mulch coloring systems, call the company at (800) 232-5907 or visit the Web site at www.mulchmagic.com.

Concept Products Shred-All Highly Portable

Concept Products Corporation’s Shred-All D7200 Series 4 is a low-speed, high-torque shredder that is highly portable. Easily transported with a 3/4-ton pick-up truck, the Shred-All reduces wood waste to a mulch-sized product without creating dust and dangerous flying debris.

The Concepts Products Shred-All is powered by a John Deere 125 hp diesel engine and is driven by a load-sensing hydraulic system that adjusts speed and torque to best process the material. It is protected by a computerized control system that will slow down the machine in case of high temperature engine oil, hydraulic oil, or water, low hydraulic oil levels, or if material that is not grindable enters the unit. Wear parts, such as cutting teeth, anvil bars and auger liner, are all replaceable.

The Concept Products Shred-All has low operating costs and is easily serviced and maintained.

Both axles are equipped with hydraulic or electric brakes. The Shred-All is 13 feet, 4 inches long, 6 feet, 4 inches wide, 8 feet, 10 inches high, and weighs under 9,000 pounds, including optional conveyor.

Concept Products has been producing innovative mobile equipment since 1986.

For more information, contact Concept Products at (610) 722-0830, fax (610) 647-7210.

Cresswood Adds 50-inch Grinder

Cresswood Recycling Systems, a leader in low rpm grinding technology, has added a 50-inch wide machine to its line of horizontal end-feed Destroyer grinders.

Engineered with the same characteristics as the 60-inch end-feed grinder but with a compact size, this machine is capable of grinding pallets or scrap wood into a uniform product for horse bedding, mulch, or boiler fuel.

Cresswood designed its first low rpm horizontal grinder in 1992. For the past 10 years, design improvements generated by customer experience have been incorporated into its machines. A large rotor, extended screen area, and increased rpms generate greater output characteristics and the enhanced ability to produce a smaller, more uniform product. The main drive gearbox has been eliminated, saving maintenance time and money. These improvements have also led to a lower purchase price.

In low speed technology, a positive feed system is essential. One of the hallmarks of the Cresswood horizontal grinder is its counter-weighted, air-assist, feed roll drive system. This system allows materials in a wide range of size (such as whole pallets, 7-inch blocks or thin veneer) to be easily pulled into the grinding chamber. The air cylinder places pressure (which can be adjusted to accommodate different types of material) on the wood to insure a positive feed process. The feed roll is controlled by a digital drive that allows it to speed up or slow down according to the load on the main cutterhead.

Cresswood has earned a reputation in the pallet industry for dependability, innovation, and strong after-sale customer service. For more information on these 50-inch horizontal grinders or any other Cresswood model, call 1-800-962-7302.

Model 4012 Is Newest in DuraTech Line of Industrial Tub Grinders

DuraTech Industries manufactures and distributes equipment that provides alternatives to burning wood waste or piling it into landfills. DuraTech offers a full line of recycling equipment, including compost turners, trommel screens, horizontal grinders, plus a full line of tub grinders. The company is focused on supplying high quality, innovative machines.

From the smallest, 130 hp Model HD-8 to the largest and newest 650 hp electronic diesel powered Model 4012, DuraTech has the right tub grinder for any application.

DuraTech recently introduced its Model 4012 industrial tub grinder, which features the latest innovations and technology.

The Model 4012 also incorporates recommendations from customers, such as a heavy-duty hammer mill and an operator-friendly, durable wet clutch that is designed to withstand any wood grinding task. Another feature suggested by customers includes a 10 ½-foot width for ease of transport and minimizing permits and licenses.

Joystick controls operate the grapple loader, and more gauges and functions are accessible in the cab and the main control panel. Other features include a 36-inch wide, 26-foot long oscillating conveyor.

The DuraTech Model 4012 has a 12-foot, 6-inch diameter tub with 120H heavy-duty chain on a single motor drive.

DuraTech has been manufacturing tub grinders for over 30 years and stands behind them to ensure customer satisfaction. DuraTech’s tub grinding equipment offers cutting edge, productive, durable technology.

The company offers covers for its line of industrial tub grinders. The covers, available on all DuraTech tub grinders, fold hydraulically over the conveyor, adding minimal height to transport.

The covers provide better safety and control of debris, which allows grinding in areas where flying debris may be a concern. The covers, which also tilt with the tub, are operated via remote control and can be positioned to cover the tub completely or partially, depending on loading methods.

DuraTech industrial dealers are located throughout North America to serve customers. The company’s dealer network provides parts and a high level of service.

For more information on the Model 4012 or any other recycling machinery or equipment, contact DuraTech at (800) 243-4601, extension 110, or visit the company’s Web site at www.dura-ind.com.

Global Equipment Magnets Boost Recycling Profits

Removing nails and other tramp metals can add to the profitability of recycling scrap pallets, lumber or wood waste. A simple solution for achieving more profitable recycling is a Mastermag permanent self-cleaning magnet from the magnetics division of Global Equipment Marketing Inc.

The cost of the magnet may be recovered as quickly as two months, some customers have reported. Removing more ferrous metals improves end products, resulting in higher income, and reduces the need for workers picking through material on a conveyor belt.

Global Equipment offers the Mastermag in many sizes, and most are in stock for immediate delivery. In addition, the company offers a full range of other type magnets, including magnetic sweepers and bullet magnets for blower operations.

For more information, contact Global Equipment at (561) 750-8662, fax (561) 750-9507, e-mail info@globalmagnetics.com, or visit the Web site at www.globalmagnetics.com.

Interstar Dry Colorant Shows Potential for Savings in Colored Mulch;

Canadian Firm’s Granular Colorant May Be Added to Grinding Process

A Canadian company that has been supplying colorant to producers of colored mulch has developed a new, granular product that requires little water. The dry colorant has the potential to significantly reduce costs associated with coloring mulch, according to Quebec-based Interstar Materials Inc.

Interstar has been in business since 1987 and is a leading manufacturer of pigments in Canada, according to company president Zack Gillman. The company started out as a manufacturer and supplier of specialty chemicals to the concrete industry. Interstar has 50 employees with operations at three locations in Canada. It has three warehouses in the U.S. in Syracuse, N.Y., Dix, Ill., and Kansas City, Kan., and also has two facilities in Mexico.

The company entered the mulch colorant market nearly four years ago, modifying a liquid colorant used in manufacturing concrete. The company had always made granular colorant products for the concrete industry, however, and quickly found that a granular product worked better for coloring mulch.

The company’s pigment products historically have been iron oxide-based. For coloring mulch, a pigment also needs a binder or resin to make it adhere to the wood particles.

"We didn’t know much about it four years ago," said Zack. By chance, he said, an Interstar salesman happened to know someone who was making colored mulch. Interstar developed some sample products and began supplying mulch colorant to some large mulch producers in Northeast Canada.

They were immediately interested in a dry colorant product. "It was something they always wanted," said Zack. Liquid colorant is more expensive, he noted, more difficult to handle, expensive to ship, and the coloring process requires a considerable amount of water. Interstar’s granular colorant requires little water and may be applied in a one-step process during grinding; there are fewer potential bottlenecks and lower costs associated with it. "You save on everything," said Zack.

Interstar’s granular colorant process is not 100% dry. It requires about two gallons of water per cubic yard of colored mulch. That still compares very favorably with liquid colorants, which require considerably more water. In addition, Interstar has some customers producing colored mulch that use no water with the granular colorant. "It depends on the moisture content of the wood," Zack explained.

In addition, Interstar’s granular color is priced less than liquid colorant and colors more mulch. And whereas it takes about three pounds of liquid colorant to produce one cubic yard of colored mulch, two pounds of granular colorant will do the same job.

"Most people who try it, they see that it’s a ‘no-brainer,’ " said Zack. "It’s a great system."

Interstar customers that have converted to its granular colorant have reduced their cost of making colored mulch by 50 percent, said Zack. His 50% figure includes the cost of colorant, water, and associated costs, such as handling and shipping.

Interstar also developed equipment to feed its granular colorant to the infeed of a horizontal or vertical grinder. The first device originally was developed for a Continental Biomass Industries (CBI) horizontal grinder for a company that was experiencing a production bottleneck. The device runs off the grinder’s hydraulic system and dispenses colorant into the infeed at a rate guided by the speed of the grinder. The equipment can be modified for any horizontal-type grinder, according to Zack.

The CBI machine was grinding at the rate of about 300 yards per hour. However, the company’s mulch coloring system had a production capacity of about 80-100 yards per hour, according to Zack. The two-step process required additional material handling with a front-end loader, and the finished mulch had to sit several days in order to dry, Zack said.

(Editor’s Note: Some suppliers to the pallet and sawmill industries manufacture equipment that produces colored mulch in a one-step process. One machine, for example, grinds and colors in one pass through the system. Other systems utilize conveyors to automate material handling.)

The Interstar equipment dispenses colorant into the grinder infeed, and the resulting colored mulch can be conveyed in bulk form directly into a truck for shipment -- eliminating the need for handling with the front-end loader.

The dispenser has a hopper that will hold three bulk bag ‘super sacks’ of Interstar granular colorant, a total of 6,000 pounds. That is enough colorant for a day’s worth of production, Zack noted. Interstar also has developed a colorant dispenser for grinders with a vertical infeed and supplies both systems.

Interstar makes 15 standard colors but will custom manufacture colorant for any customer. The company’s sales force covers the entire U.S.

For more information on Interstar or its products, contact the company at (800) 567-1857, fax (819) 563-1317, e-mail info@interstar.ca or visit the Web site at www.interstar.ca

Jones Manufacturing Is Known for Mighty Giant Tub Grinders

Jones Manufacturing Company’s line of Mighty Giant tub grinders can turn pallets, wood waste and other wood material into useable products, such as mulch, landscaping, composting or fuel.

The Mighty Giant has a substantial market presence in the Mid-Atlantic states, where it is popular among sawmills, municipalities and landscaping contractors. Equipped with free-swinging hammers, heavy-duty frames and top-driven elevators, the Mighty Giant fills an important niche in the tub grinder market.

Every Mighty Giant tub grinder comes equipped with such standard features as hydraulic opening tub for easy maintenance, chain drive with variable speed forward and reverse and reversible 360-degree swinging hammers. Engines come standard with manufacturer’s extended warranty.

Founded in 1929, Jones Manufacturing Company began building the Mighty Giant line of commercial duty tub grinders in 1960. Originally intended for agricultural use, specifically for grinding hay and forage, the Mighty Giant improved on existing technology by offering more user friendly features.

In response to customer demands for a grinder that could also process brush, yard waste and wood waste (pallets, limbs and sawmill waste), Jones Manufacturing developed a heavier duty machine in the early 1980s. This new and improved Mighty Giant was initially marketed to municipalities, mainly in the Mid-Atlantic region.

For more information, contact Jones Manufacturing Co. at (402) 528-3861, fax (402) 528-3239 or visit the Web site at www.mightygiant.com.

Premier Tech Packaging Supplies Mulch Bagging, Palletizing Systems

Premier Tech Packaging is an international leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of materials handling, palletizing and packaging systems. It supplies completely integrated, turn-key solutions for packaging fibrous and granular materials, such as mulch, colored mulch, and other products made from wood grindings. For example, Premier Tech Packaging can supply automated systems to package colored mulch in plastic bags, palletize the bags, and secure them to the pallet with shrink wrap.

Premier Tech Packaging also provides complete technical support and service. The company’s team of specialists is in place to help customers achieve their goals and provide them with after-sales service support.

Automated bagging systems can increase production levels and reduce a company’s overall production costs by eliminating some of the labor associated with manual operations. And Premier Tech Packaging estimates that return on investment in its systems can be less than 30 months.

In considering whether to invest in an automated packaging line, Premier Tech Packaging advises companies to scrutinize annual production levels. They should be in the range of 800,000 to 1 million bags in order to justify investment in a fully automated packaging system. Other factors to consider are whether a company’s production is seasonal and if production operations run on more than one shift.

Another important factor to consider in the decision making process is a company’s markets and the outlook for its markets. Are markets growing, stable, or decreasing? Does your business plan to introduce more products or to market existing products in such a way to increase demand?

A company’s markets need not necessarily be on the upswing in order to consider automation. Even a business with stagnant or slightly declining markets may be able to reduce overall operating costs -- and become more competitive -- through automated packaging.

Other factors to keep in mind include how a company’s operations will be impacted by the addition of an automated packaging system. Automation has the potential to reduce labor, but automated packaging systems require trained technicians in order to properly maintain the equipment. Obviously, equipment requires more preventive maintenance than labor-intensive manual operations. In addition, workers who will be running the equipment need to be properly trained. Implementing a new line of equipment, such as automated bagging, involves a learning process for a business, but the process can be reduced by strategic training of its own teams.

Premier Tech Packaging can supply fully integrated solutions for packaging wood fiber products, said marketing director Simon Roy, including bagging systems, bag palletizers, stretch wrapping systems and conveyors. "Customers are not only looking for a packaging supplier to meet all their requirements," he said. "More and more, they want a ‘solution provider.’ They want to do business with a partner with the technical capabilities to understand and analyze what they need, and to supply a total, integrated solution that will create a competitive advantage for them in their market."

Premier Tech Packaging supplies a number of different types of systems and equipment for bagging and packaging. For example, it offers two systems that will form plastic bags, fill them with product and seal them. Other systems densify or deaerate and package products into bales or bags. Premier Tech Packaging also offers two types of automated bag palletizing systems. It also supplies equipment for handling, packing, filling, and conveying.

The Premier Tech Packaging FFS-200 Series Form, Fill & Seal is an automatic bagging system that can be applied to wood fiber-based products, such as colored mulch. It makes its own bags from rolls of heat sealable, pre-printed center fold plastic film. It is designed to form bags ranging from 10 inches to 27 inches wide and up to 45 inches long; with or without bottom gussets and handles, at rates up to 30 bags per minute. (Note: production rates depend on product characteristics, method of feeding, bag size, film thickness, and other factors.) The FFS-200 can be integrated upstream with scales or volumetric feeders and downstream to conveying and palletizing systems.

The Premier Tech Packaging FFS-200 Form, Fill & Seal Bagger features include:

! 40-inch roll capability, allowing many hours of continuous operation;

! Fast and easy film replacement with innovative low-level roll support;

! Fast and easy bag changeover with simple and accessible adjustments;

! Ergonomic design, providing good visibility and easy access into the machine;

! Standard hot air closing system designed for high speed and reliable bag closing;

! Allen Bradley control system (PLC) with user friendly operator interface;

! Rugged, durable construction including high quality and low maintenance components for long-term reliability;

Additional options include gusset former, die-cut handle, remote operator pendant, bag coding system, and efficient product settler.

For more information about Premier Tech Packaging, contact the company at (418) 868-8324, fax (418) 862-6642, e-mail ptp@premiertech.com, or visit the company’s Web site at www.premiertech.com.

Rotochopper Enables Nebraska Sawmill, Pallet Plant to Diversify

The typical pallet manufacturer uses wood to make pallets, skids, crates and other products that are sold wholesale to other manufacturers to ship retail consumer products. Now, many pallet manufacturers and recyclers are starting to make products to sell directly to consumers. Using waste wood fiber that previously was a severe financial drain to get rid of, some companies are now enjoying major streams of new revenue by processing it into products for consumers.

Scott Meyer of South Sioux City, Nebraska has a 20,000 bfd sawmill and a pallet manufacturing facility that produces multiple trailer-loads of new pallets per week. Looking for a way to deal with a growing wood waste problem, Scott purchased a Rotochopper MC166 XLT machine in 1999. The Rotochopper MC166 is used extensively to process bark ,wood chips and pallets into mulch and colored mulch.

The market response was strong and immediate. "We went from selling a few loads of bark to becoming a major regional supplier," said Scott. "Our ability to produce a variety of products has helped us build a broad base of customers. Between bark mulch, colored mulch, playground cover and animal bedding, we can give customers exactly what they want, when they want it.

"The Rotochopper's reputation for producing quality finished product is accurate and very important," he continued. "We never get loads rejected, and once we get a customer, we keep them."

Realizing that 50% of the national mulch market is in bagged mulch, Scott got his name on the list early for the newly introduced Rotochopper Go-Bagger system, which packages mulch into plastic bags. In April of this year he turned on the new Go-Bagger and began to bag and distribute colored and uncolored mulch products. Acceptance was immediate, and bagging increased overall mulch sales by about 30%.

"The addition of bag sales helped us solidify our presence in our market area," said Scott. "A lot of real good retail outlets liked our mulch but could only sell in bags. Now they have our bags, and the bags are selling as expected."

Like all good businessmen, Scott always has his eyes open for new ideas and new products that fit his program to keep his mill growing and stay ahead of the competition. Turning junk pallets and saw log waste into value-added consumer products -- without huge capital outlays -- was a smart move.

For more information about Rotochopper, call (608) 452-3651, fax (608) 452-3031, e-mail info@rotochopper.com, or visit the Web site at www.rotochopper.com.

Thompson Magnetics Helps Eliminate Costs of Flat Tires

Thompson Magnetics specializes in magnetic separators for the material handling, wood, aggregate and recycling industries. Whether it be head pulleys, drums, plates, grates, electros or permanent magnets for recycling, reclaiming or producing a highly pure end product, Thompson Magnetics will work with customers to achieve complete satisfaction.

In addition, Thompson Magnetics Inc. has been serving the pallet industry for over 10 years with magnetic products designed to help eliminate costly, time-consuming flat tires in yard vehicles. Whether your company manufactures, recycles or repairs pallets for resale, nails can be a major problem in and around your facility.

Magnetic sweepers and brooms help prevent foreign object damage to forklift trucks and other vehicles, injuries and flat tires by removing nails and hazardous tramp iron. Thompson Magnetics guarantees savings in flat tire repairs, down time to the fork truck, and dollars going to labor to repair the flat.

The company manufactures a number of different magnetic road sweepers for removing damaging ferrous tramp metal from yards. The TMRS2-60 model, designed to be suspended from a yard truck, features a double strength aluminum housing. A similar sweeper model, the TMRS1-60CS, features standard strength carbon-stainless steel. The TMRS1-24CS attaches to the rear of a lift truck, and the TMRS2-48 has optional pockets so that it fits onto the tines of a forklift. The TMRS2-60CS is a wheeled, tow-behind model.

Another option is a 36-inch unit attached to the counterweight of a forklift truck. During the course of the work day, as the truck moves throughout the yard, it collects nails and other metal scrap onto the magnet, which works all the time.

For more information, call toll-free (800) 394-8218, fax (412) 782-3119, or visit the Web site at www.thompsonmagnetics.com.

Tryco-UNTHA Offers Shredders for Pallets

Tryco has represented the UNTHA line of wood shredders since 1984, and the equipment has become known for its quality construction and dependable performance. UNTHA has expanded its line in response to the increased demand for recycling, waste disposal and particle reduction.

UNTHA’s patented four shaft, ‘one pass’ system keeps the material in the machine until it is small enough to fall through the bottom outlet-sizing screen. This system eliminates the need for trommels and conveyors to return over-size material.

UNTHA’s LR and LRK models, designed primarily for grinding wood and plastics, feature the innovation of replaceable tooth holders in the slow turning cutter drum, plus a double-cylinder banana-shaped feed ram.

UNTHA manufactures several machines for grinding pallet scraps and whole pallets. The smallest model has a 27-inch wide hopper and can produce 1,500 pounds of mulch per hour. The next size model has a 39-inch wide hopper. The UNTHA whole pallet grinder has a 55-inch wide hopper and can produce up to 4,000 pounds of mulch per hour.

For even larger volumes, UNTHA offers the MR series of single shaft shredders with hoppers up to 100 inches wide and 70 inches deep that can produce up to 12 tons of mulch per hour.

For more information, contact Tryco at (217) 864-4541, fax (217) 864-6397, e-mail tryco@midwest.net, or visit the Web site at www.tryco.com.

West Salem Machinery Has Options for Wood Waste - Big and Small

With over 50 years experience in manufacturing heavy duty, high quality grinders, West Salem Machinery offers the range of products and experience to take care of wood waste problems - big or small.

For large pallet and wood products operations, WSM offers both stationary and portable grinder systems for converting pallets, pallet scrap, urban wood, and bark into value-added wood fiber products, such as mulch and boiler fuel.

The new Brute Portable Wood Recycler has such innovative features as interchangeable tooling, modular grates, hydraulic case, fluid clutch, and dual magnetics -- features that help deliver a quality wood fiber product while reducing operating and maintenance costs.

WSM developed the Brute Portable Wood Recycler especially to meet the needs of companies that require a heavy-duty machine that can be transported to job sites. It took the benefits of a stationary grinder and incorporated them into a portable machine.

The Brute Portable Wood Recycler is of heavy-duty construction. Some models of the Brute weigh as much as 74,000 pounds with fluids, making it one of the heaviest portable grinders on the market.

The Brute's horizontal infeed system features a 40-inch diameter, powered feed roll with dual hydraulic drives; the system allows batch loading of hard-to-grind material. The grinder itself is a heavy-duty unit; it features a 34-inch by 56-inch rotor with an 8-inch shaft — tough enough to reduce nearly anything likely to be run through it in normal operation.

The Brute also is equipped with a fluid clutch with remote push-button engagement for ‘soft start’ and shock-overload protection. If a large piece of metal or other unsuitable material is inadvertently loaded into the machine, the fluid clutch "slips" and the grinder is protected from damage.

For small pallet recyclers and woodworking operations, WSM offers a complete line of high torque shredders -- complete grinding systems that are easy to install and operate. With both hopper feed and horizontal feed options, select the best feed method for your operation.

WSM’s high torque, slow speed cutting action means low noise and low dust operation. No special foundations are required. These machines are suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

The WSM shredders feature easy access and reversible-replaceable wear components to keep maintenance to a minimum. Automatic feed controls allow unmanned operation – just load the machine and let it go to work.

Hopper feed designs are ideal for "dump and go" operations that use self-dumping totes for collecting waste at different locations in a plant. The horizontal feed is suited for processing long wood waste or pallet material and waste from a conveyor. With the addition of a vibrating dump table, you also gain the ability to batch-load and meter-feed trim material into a horizontal feed machine.

WSM grinders are built smart, tough and built to last. The experts at WSM can help you find the best tool for the job. They can provide more details on WSM’s complete line of size reduction, screening, and recycling systems.

For more information, contact West Salem Machinery Co. at (503) 364-2213, fax (503) 364-1398, e-mail: sales@westsalem.com, or visit the Web site: www.westsalem.com.

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