Based in Roermond in the south of the Netherlands, metal recycler Jos Menten Metaalrecycling (JMM) has seen continuous growth in its business. But more scrap being processed needs more efficient capacity to get the job done. Once again, recycling machinery expert Lefort lent a hand.
‘This is probably the biggest shear in the Netherlands,’ says Jos Menton junior, standing in front of an impressive piece of recycling equipment installed recently at the company’s main yard. ‘You’ll see these type heavy duty machines in North America, certainly, but less so in our part of the world.’
The KOLOSS2000 BL, weighing around 550 tonnes, is the biggest stationary shear from Lefort. Electrically powered, it has a 2 000 tonnes cutting force. Total investment is EUR 7.5 million, which includes major efforts by both the recycler and Lefort to install the robust machine in a safe and sustainable manner.
‘For example, it has been placed on a special foundation to reduce vibrations and absorb shocks causing trouble for the surrounding area,’ says Menten. With scrap volumes at JMM on the rise since 2010, year-on-year, the decision to add capacity to the yard was made as demand grew.
‘In 2016 my dad (Jos Menten senior) and I were already looking for options.’ The company processes 150 000 tonnes of metal scrap per year; 80% ferrous, 20% non-ferrous.
Lefort was the obvious choice. Not only did they have the solution JMM needed, the recycler already had two Lefort shears at its operations; a 600 tonne mobile shear (since 1997) and a 1 000 tonne stationary unit (since 2005). But these were running at maximum capacity.
‘The 1 000 tonne ran from from 7am to 6pm, five days a week, and sometimes on Saturdays,’ says Menten. ‘So in the event of breakdown or maintenance, there would be no back-up. The KOLOSS can take the stress out of production by offering relief to the other shears, while also handling growing scrap volumes.
BUILT TO LAST
Lefort’s KOLOSS BL range with side compression box offers the ideal machine for processing bulky and heavy scrap. With standard cutting forces of up to 2 000 tonnes, the KOLOSS BL is an extremely robust and powerful machine capable of achieving very high throughput.
These ‘multiblock’ shear/balers are divided into three major sub-assemblies: the shear head, the compression box and the power unit. A safety platform with cabin can be added to operate the machine safely and comfortably. The KOLOSS is available in both electric and diesel.