While many of us are conscious of our environment and the importance of recycling, it might come as a surprise that an average family in Australia produces around 400kg of waste materials annually.
Pure Advantage reports that New Zealanders consume about two billion beverage containers each year and less than half of those are recycled.
There might still be some way to go, but manufacturers are boosting their efforts both locally and internationally. Support comes from companies like Bonfiglioli, which offers a wide range of solutions for recycling processing and machinery.
Bonfiglioli application engineer Giorgio Rodriguez said the company conceives, designs, and produces custom solutions for the collection, downsizing, and sorting of waste materials.
“Recycling is a key component of waste management to reduce pollution and landfill waste. Our product portfolio includes planetary gearboxes, motors, and frequency inverters, each designed to our customers exact requirements,” Rodriguez said.
For a stand-alone recycling machine, Rodriguez suggested making use of Bonfiglioli’s C-series helical in-line gearbox and geared motor.
“We offer full integration for a complete solution,” Rodriguez said. "Amongst its many benefits, the C-series is compact with washdown capabilities and comes with a choice of output bolt-on-flanges. It’s also ISO certified in terms of its surface protection.”
The 300M series planetary gearbox and geared motor is ideal for a stand-alone shredder application, which is commonly used to recycle waste materials.
“It is compact and offers high shock load resistance along with a washdown capability. It offers a protection rating up to IP56 along with thermal protection and anti-condensation heaters,” Rodriguez said.
He noted that primary and secondary shredding, conveying and compactors are four of the key applications on a recycling plant. “Bonfiglioli supports all of these processes,” he said.
“Our R3 series double planetary gearbox can be used for primary shredding and the 300M is suitable for secondary shredding. Both our F series of helical parallel shaft gearmotors and A series of helical and bevel motors can be used for conveying on a recycling plant. Finally, our C series can once again be used for compacting.”
According to Bonfiglioli, these products offer a dynamic response time, energy savings and are a cost-effective solution thanks to extended service intervals.
To complement its range of geared motors, Bonfiglioli also offers smart and premium inverters to support the recycling industry. “These offer a host of benefits such as a smooth start, low energy consumption, extendable field bus communications, sensorless controls of the synchronous and asynchronous motors and much more,” Rodriguez said.