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Customer-focused, flexible and fixated on innovation

Aug 03, 2017 | 08:00 PM | Bette Kovach


More than 100 years of experience, a portfolio of legendary brands and a global presence backed up by dedicated technical support have made Metso recycling equipment a mainstay of the ferrous and nonferrous scrap processing market. A history of continuous innovation applied to a broad range of customer-focused products also played a role in the selection of Metso Minerals Industries Inc. as the first-ever winner of AMM’s Steel Excellence Award for Scrap Equipment Provider of the Year, a new category this year.

“Metso Metal Recycling is honored to receive this recognition for our support of the scrap recycling industry,” Keith Carroll, vice president, Americas, Metso Metal Recycling, San Antonio, Texas, commented on receiving the award. Metso Minerals Industries Inc. includes Metso’s North American interests of which Metso Metal Recycling is one.

“We have walked with our customers for many years in North America, Europe, and globally,” he added. “We’ve been through the ups and downs of our industry right alongside a proud and innovative customer base and we have been fortunate enough to learn and share so many lessons over that time. Even today, we are constantly learning and adapting to our customers’ needs, as we seek to provide comprehensive and cost-effective solutions to a host of operational, regulatory, and environmental challenges,” Carroll said.

Metso’s broad portfolio includes such brands as Lindemann and Texas Shredder along with the historical brands of Hammermills and Svedala, giving Metso the largest installed base of equipment in the industry.  Today, the company offers a full family of shredders ranging in size from compact and efficient models featuring 15- to 20-ton-per-hour operating capacity to its largest units, which are capable of processing up to 300-tons-per-hour of dense, high-quality ferrous shred. 

An experienced engineering staff works to support the development of customized ferrous and nonferrous processing systems over Metso’s entire product range. A key resource, the staff can handle and produce high-quality product packages that meet the customers’—and their customers’—needs.

In addition to shredders, Metso offers complementary scrap processing equipment designed to reduce both environmental impact and energy consumption. Among these is the Metso EtaRip pre-shredders, which are engineered to tear apart bundles or end-of-life vehicles, and, as a result, create more easily processed feed to maximize efficiency, reduce load peaks and run at more uniform power consumption to reduce overall energy input. 

Likewise, Metso’s shredder dedusting systems are designed to extract the contaminated air at the shredder bonnet, resulting in a more efficient operation. Energy saving and environmental controls are built into other Metso products including shredder controls, its shredder grate package, and swarf processing system as well.

To keep its products performing at peak levels, Metso offers field inspection, planned maintenance, and remote and on-site trouble shooting services keyed to reduce unforeseen situations and identify potential problems.  The company also makes available a program of performance services, which covers continuous improvement and upgrades to its machines.

The program helps improve reliability and slice downtime with better data and action plans providing a roadmap to integrating the latest innovations in process technology.

In the immediate future and over the next few years, Metso’s Carroll identified three strategic priorities the company plans to pursue.  “First, with the new sales team we have assembled, it is critical to continue to build and strengthen relationships with both new and existing customers,” he said.  “We want to truly tie together the strong legacy of the Texas Shredder and Lindemann brands with the experience, knowledge, and innovation that Metso Metal Recycling will continue to provide to the industry in the years ahead.

“Second, we want to continue to introduce and expand our successes with products that don’t currently have a strong footprint in North America,” Carroll noted. “There are several products—particularly our N-Series line of shears and balers and our EtaRip heavy duty pre-shredders—that have strong track records elsewhere but which have not yet found success or broad acceptance in North America. 

“We are confident that, as we expand the installed base here, the value and productivity of these machines will prove self-evident, leading to new opportunities for our customers for better operation, new revenue streams, and more efficient performance.

“Third, we are constantly looking for new and better ways to serve our industry,” Carroll said. “In continuation of that, we are working to improve cross communication and collaboration between our Metal and Waste Recycling lines.

“Our Waste team, through our M&J product line, offers a family of medium-duty, pre-shredders and fine shredders, which can be used in certain applications for nonferrous processing, in addition to any number of existing uses in the C&D, municipal, and waste processing industries,” Carroll concluded.


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