W. M. Briers & Son Invests in Doppstadt Shredder from Blue Machinery
- 06 May 2008
- Company & Industry News
W. M. Briers & Son (Tamworth) Limited has taken delivery of their very first Doppstadt shredder from appointed distributors, Blue Machinery (Central) Ltd. Developing and expanding the company into broader aspects of waste processing, recycling and biomass fuel production, whilst remaining in their core business of secondary metals, Briers has installed their new Doppstadt at their Segregation of Recyclables Tamworth (SORT) premises in Amington, where the shredder is processing post consumer packaging and pallets to produce biomass for combined power and heat generation (CPH) and clean woodpulp for sale to chipboard manufacturers.
W. M. Briers & Son is a family-owned, independent waste processing specialist, originally formed in 1939 to recycle scrap ferrous and non-ferrous metals, expanding into broader aspects of recycling and waste management some 30 years ago. Now in the hands of the third generation (brother and sister Edwin and Jennetta), the company owns and operates four recycling stations in the Tamworth area of the West Midlands - including an award-winning aluminium can buy-back centre - and handles some 20,000 tonnes a year of non-hazardous dry waste materials, all of which is sorted and processed under cover in customised buildings to minimise air and noise pollution. Operating a fleet of skip lorries, roll-on-offs and flatbed vehicles, Briers' expertise in recycling encompasses commercial and domestic waste, C&D waste, hazardous waste (for which the company is fully licensed and accredited) secondary metals and biomass production. Operating Lefort shear-balers, baling presses, Liebherr materials handlers and forklift trucks at its four locations, the company's new Doppstadt AK 230 Shredder is the first machine of its type to be bought by the group. The company's purchasing decision is the result of a visit to Blue Machinery's stand at last year's RWM Show at the NEC, followed by assiduous research of the many shredders available on the UK market. SORT's manager, Simon Rooke, commented "We looked at a number of different makes of shredder and spoke to many of our waste processing competitor colleagues in the region. Doppstadt and Blue Machinery came out as highly recommended, both for the reliability and cost-effectiveness of the Doppstadt range as well as the reputation for service and after sales support provided by Blue Machinery. This made our choice all the easier and we are delighted with our new shredder which is proving to be a most satisfactory addition to our processing machinery. Our reworking, recycling and CPH activities" he continues, "allows us to make significant inroads in reducing waste-to-landfill volumes while, at the same time, producing quality recycled materials for sale, including woodpulp, plastics, metals, board and paper. In June this year, we will have a biomass CPH plant up and running to be fully power self-sufficient here at Amington, Any surplus energy will be sold back to the national grid. This means that we can effectively offset our carbon footprint by generating our own electricity and the new Doppstadt shredder will play an important role in this process".
Smallest of the Doppstadt range, the AK-230 is specifically aimed at the green and wood waste processing market - for cost-effective and efficient shredding of pallets and timber waste. Briers machine is shredding through a 50mm basket for chipboard manufacture and a 30mm basket for their own biomass incineration plant. Capable of an output of between 12 to 15 tonnes per hour (depending on material type), the AK-230 is remarkably compact for its performance and throughput volumes.
Doppstadt high-speed hammermill shredders have a number of operational, safety and maintenance features. These include separation of the engine from the shredder unit for easy service access and safety enhancement by minimising dust build-up; high-tech control unit which monitors fluid levels and provides a safety over-ride if fluids become too low; hydraulically folding conveyors for swift set-up time and maximum mobility on restricted sites; large maintenance access doors and centralised lubrication points; quick-change sizing gates, load sensors and reversing action for maximum throughput and operational efficiency.
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