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MANUFACTURING: Voith Strengthens Reclam Group


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VOITH Turbo secured the order for the supply of fluid couplings for two custom built metal shredder machines at the New Reclamation Group’s metal recycling plants in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

The New Reclamation Group is a leading producer of recycled ferrous and nonferrous metal products.

Voith Turbo is a specialist in the manufacture of a range of class leading driveline products. The company maintains its technology and sets new world standards through effective research and development. Voith fluid couplings are engineered to deliver ultimate reliability for successful, cost effective, production in diverse processes and applications.

Harry Kassel, director for the Reclam Group, says re-building and re-installing the shredder machines was a strategic decision based on local scrap metal market trends. “However, when the cost of importing new shredders from overseas manufacturers proved to be simply ludicrous, we concluded that we were more than capable of designing and custom building shredder machines in-house, sourcing specialised equipment from local suppliers.”

The project kicked off in January 2009, and I went out looking for local companies that could supply the specialised equipment needed for the project. Quotations for electric motors, gearboxes, drivelines, conveyor belting, electrics and so on were requested. As most specialised equipment is still manufactured overseas, we selected suppliers who could deliver equipment to meet our standards of quality as well as our strict delivery deadlines. Our determination to procure superior quality equipment from local suppliers paid off and we are dealing with companies that have enviable reputations for product and service excellence in Southern African industry,” says Kassel.

Voith supplied two off 1150 DTP type fill controlled fluid couplings including oil supply systems and required coolers. Each drive is capable of 1 200 kW at 600 rpm and offers the Voith’s unique torque limitation. Thus the motor is prevented from stalling when the shredder suddenly blocks and allows the shredder rotor to return back to full speed, thus also permitting maximum productivity.

Maintenance and service is attended to by Reclam technicians but in the event of specialised technical problems, Reclam will call on Voith engineers for support and advice.

The Reclam group is the first scrap metal company in the world to design and build a shredder machine in-house. The purpose built 2.6m wide X 5m long X 3 stories high shredder machine is South Africa’s first and only locally designed and built shredder and one of only a very few machines in the world with a 50 tonnes per hour output capacity. The Dunswart Plant’s footprint, including the shredder machine as well as all up- and down-stream equipment i.e. dust scrubber, conveyors, shredder shakers etc, is 140 metres long by 40 metres wide.

All orders for equipment were placed with the selected suppliers mid 2009, deliveries were completed on schedule and the Dunswart shredder machine was commissioned at the end of 2009. The Cape Town shredder, which is identical to the Dunswart machine, was commissioned in June this year.

According to Kassel, the shredder machine is so well designed and operates so efficiently that the group is planning to market the custom built shredders in Europe. “We built the shredder at a fraction of the cost of an imported machine, yet managed to stay within, and even to improve on European quality standards. We are left in no doubt that our custom built efficient, reliable, cost effective Reclam shredder machines will elicit interest in European markets,” claims Kassel.


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