PITTSBURGH PSC Metals Inc. plans to upgrade one of its nine auto shredders to capture more metallics.
The Mayfield Heights, Ohio-based recycler and broker has signed a deal with Wendt Corp., Tonawanda, N.Y., to improve the downstream yield at its Knoxville, Tenn., shredder.
"Knoxville is our newest shredder and we decided to do it because the trend in the industry is to increase the yield that comes from shredder feedstock," PSC Metals chief executive officer Robert B. Brewer told AMM. The 6,000-horsepower heavy-duty Wendt shredder was installed seven years ago (amm.com, May 17, 2007).
Once the improvements are completed, it is estimated that less than 1 percent of metal will be left in the waste stream and the investment will pay for itself in slightly more than a year.
"The upgrade calls for the installation of multiple new-generation finders, which have the ability to make a high-quality wire package and stainless steel package. Machines will recover and sort metals," Wendt president Thomas Wendt said.
"In the competitive environment we are in for shredder feedstock, anyone who is operating an auto shredder plant today has to be efficient in their operation and extract as much value as possible from their residue stream," Wendt said. "In addition to the new-generation finders, the addition of air classification as part of the process will greatly enhance the quality of the finished wire and stainless steel products and improve the overall cleanliness of the plant."
The new equipment is expected to be installed and operating in five months.