Right Away Disposal partners with CP Group, Opens Single Stream Recycling System

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APACHE JUNCTION, AZ (July 27, 2016) – Right Away Disposal, an Arizona-based, locally owned and operated waste and recycling provider, recently opened a new McMRF®, a small material recovery facility (MRF) provided CP Group.

The new system features improved system integration and new CP Group disc screens.

CP Group worked with Right Away Disposal to engineer a McMRF® system design, utilizing both new and existing equipment. CP Group incorporated Right Away Disposal’s existing sort lines, conveyors, and a baler with new CP disc screens in order to automate the system, process a higher throughput, and recover more commodities.

The new disc screens include a CP Glass Breaker Screen and a CPScreenTM, which both feature the patented CP Cam-DiscTM for the segregation of 2D from 3D material. A new CP OCCScreenTM was also installed.

Terry Schneider, CEO of CP Group, says, “This facility shows how CP is able to blend existing equipment with our own to create a low-cost, highly effective solution.”

Running 10 tons per hour, the new system is helping Right Away Disposal achieve its recovery goals for OCC fines, fiber, OMP, and containers. “Commodities are captured in cages rather than bunker silos,” says Schneider. “It’s another way we kept the system affordable while maintaining CP’s high standards of engineering and performance.”

The system serves Apache Junction, AZ and surrounding communities.

 

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About Right Away Disposal

Established in 2007, Right Away Disposal is a locally owned and operated Waste & Recycling provider based in Apache Junction, AZ.

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CP Group director of sales and marketing receives 40 Under 40 award

AwardAshley Davis, director of sales and marketing for CP Group, San Diego, has been recognized with a place on Waste360’s first annual 40 Under 40 awards list, which the publication says showcases the next generation of leaders in the waste and recycling space who are shaping the future of the industry.

“The Waste360 40 Under 40 awards program recognizes inspiring and innovative professionals under the age of 40 whose work in the waste, recycling and organics industry has made a significant contribution to the industry,” according to Waste360. “The winners are involved in every part of the waste and recycling industry, including haulers, municipalities, composters, recycling professionals, policymakers and product suppliers.”

A panel of judges from Waste360 evaluated more than 400 nominations and consulted with an external advisor to select the 40 winners.

The winners were announced at WasteExpo 2016, North America’s largest solid waste, recycling and organics industry event. Davis was presented with the award June 8 at the Waste360 40 Under 40 Reception, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Davis has been with CP Group for six years. Having spearheaded various initiatives in the marketing and sales departments, she has been recognized for her vision, creativity, determination and initiative, the company says in a news release.

Last year, Davis was promoted to the title of director of sales and marketing, overseeing all marketing initiatives and managing all sales efforts for the company.

In June, she received her executive MBA from San Diego State University.

“Ashley and her generation are the future, not only of our company but of our industry,” says Terry Schneider, CEO and president of CP Group. “Her focus and passion has already helped our company make a significant mark on the industry, and I look forward to what she will do in the future.”

“We congratulate all of the professionals we’ve recognized,” says Waste360 Editorial Director David Bodamer. “And we look forward to watching them chart the course for the industry in the years to come.”

 

CP Group Exhibits First-Ever “MRF Booth” at Waste Expo

Exhibit built by CP to introduce new disc, showcase live screen demo and full size CPScreen™

01San Diego, CA—CP Group of Companies will exhibit an innovative booth made entirely of MRF equipment at Waste Expo, booth #2247, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The booth is a two-story 1,432 sq. foot structure designed and built by CP Group at their manufacturing facility in San Diego. CP Group designs and manufactures material recovery facilities and recycling equipment for the waste and recycling industry.

“We are excited to showcase the first-ever tradeshow booth made entirely of material recovery facility equipment and infrastructure. It is the best way to show customers our equipment and manufacturing capabilities,” says Ashley Davis, CP Group’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

The booth, made from CP’s own platforms and handrails, will showcase the precise fit and finish of the company’s material recovery facilities, infrastructure, and screens.

“Rather than telling people about how well-built our MRFs are, we’re showing them. We are extremely pleased with the results and look forward to hosting guests on our observation deck during our CP happy hour,” says Davis.

CP will showcase a live demo unit running various patented discs: CP Cam-Disc™ used in the Glass Breaker Screens (chromium alloy style); the CPScreen™(rubber style); and the brand new patented CP Helical-Disc™. The disc was patented earlier this year and Waste Expo will be the first introduction to the market.

The Helical-Disc™ disc was created to eliminate wrapping on screens while achieving aggressive 2D/3D separation in multiple applications. The new disc will be placed in the CPScreen™ frame and will be used to segregate 2D from 3D material.

The booth will showcase a full-size CPScreen™. The 120” wide 26 rotor CPScreen™ will be used to show customers the CP SyncDrive™ and demonstrate the important safety features of the screen: the safety access door, the folding floor, and the locking rotors among other safety features.

CP Group manufactures the only screens in the industry that use belt drives instead of chain drives. The CP SyncDrive™ belts are more precise with a much longer wear life than chains and sprockets. They don’t require any oilers or tightening, and are much quieter during operation.

The second-story of CP’s booth has a private office that is constructed out of the same materials as a MRF sort cabin. The modular office enclosure was generously donated by Porta King, a major supplier of sort cabins in the waste and recycling industry.

Equipment Innovations Give a Big Boost to Plastics Recycling

(This article originally appeared in the April 2016 edition of Plastics EngineeringClick here to read the original article.)

EQUIPMENT INNOVATIONS GIVE A BIG BOOST TO PLASTICS RECYCLING

From technology upgrades to equipment that deals with mounting problems with incoming materials, equipment manufacturers are providing solutions to help plastics recycling grow

By Mike Verespej

plastics engineeringTwo MSS Cirrus® optical sorters, with scan rates of over 300,000 pixels per second (photo courtesy of MSS Inc.).

The growth in plastics recycling, the increased amount of contamination in bales, and the need for reclaimers to become more efficient to offset a tight pricing market are driving innovations in recycling equipment and technology. The innovations run the full spectrum of the recycling process from sorting, washing, cleaning, and drying to the production of the recycled flakes themselves.

But with bale quality being still the most vexing problem for recyclers, much of the focus of innovation has been on ways to improve the efficiency of sorting equipment and finding better ways to deal with the full-wrap shrink sleeves on PET bottles that make it difficult to identify the resin underneath.

“The technology is getting better on bottle sorting, infrared sorting, and flake sorting,” says Byron Geiger, president of Custom Polymers PET LLC, in Athens, Alabama. “You are getting better resolution on the optical cameras and better software on the electronics. “We are losing less PET in our sorting, so the new technologies are helping yields to some degree,” adds Geiger. “But overall, yields are down because bale quality has declined.”

As Geiger explains, a lot of the innovations that have emerged have been in response to “shrink-wrap labels and other non-friendly material and problematic bottles. So we end up spending more resources,” he says, to get the same amount of material out of bales.

It’s a dilemma that equipment manufacturers have made their top priority.

“The number-one thing customers are looking for us to do is to prevent the loss of good material,” says Felix Hottenstein, sales director for MSS Inc., the Nashville, Tennessee-based optical sorting division of CP Group. “That’s driving a number of new developments that help customers improve product quality and decrease the loss of good product.”

 

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Just this past December, MSS made improvements to both its Cirrus and L-Vis™ optical sorters, integrating the latest generation high-resolution cameras and infrared spectrometers. Both sorters also now have an optional illuminated reference, which allows the materials to be sorted in-flight over the illuminated reference instead of the traditional approach of detecting and sorting materials on a slide or conveyor belt. It also makes it possible to better adjust the color and light intensity for maximum contrast.

As a result, the company’s MSS Cirrus optical sorter, for example, now has scan rates of 345,600 pixels per second. Its other optical sorter, the L-Vis, is a high-resolution color sorter for small particles, based on camera identification technology.

As a result, the company’s MSS Cirrus optical sorter, for example, now has scan rates of 345,600 pixels per second. Its other optical sorter, the L-Vis, is a high-resolution color sorter for small particles, based on camera identification technology.

“The cameras are getting higher and higher resolution, so we can sort out smaller and smaller particles and get higher accuracy,” says Hottenstein. “The resolution is at least 36 times higher than what we used to have.” In addition, software improvements enable image processing that is “orders of magnitudes” faster than in the past, he adds.

 

 

 

Lessons Learned Operating Las Vegas’ New Massive MRF

“Lessons Learned Operating Las Vegas’ New Massive MRF” was published as a feature article on April 15, 2016 on Waste360.com. Read the original article here: http://waste360.com/mrfs/lessons-learned-operating-las-vegas-new-massive-mrf

CP-Group---Las-Vegas---KD-18-for-webIt’s been five months since the opening of the 110,000-sq.-ft. Southern Nevada Recycling Center. The $35 million MRF is capable of processing two million pounds of recyclable material per day, or 70 tons per hour, and is expected to double recycling capacity in the area.

Overall, the facility has the capacity to process 265,000 tons on an annual basis. The facility features dual sorting lines, each with a capacity to process 35 tons per hour. The setup means that even if one line goes down, the other can keep running.

Although the center will largely process residential recycling, it also has the capability to process commercial and industrial streams and is designed to adapt as the composition of the recycling stream continues to evolve.

The setup at the Southern Nevada Recycling Center includes five optical sorters that use 2D and 3D technologies to make material separation decisions in milliseconds. The center’s recycling systems also provide operators with an automated, touch screen control system, as well as tablet-based capabilities that allow for real-time systems management and monitoring, data acquisition and remote access.

The capability to run the system off remote human machine interfaces (HMIs) is a change from how previous systems have been run. From tablets—on or off site—the facility’s managers have the ability to do things like re-set screens, adjust sorters and change the speeds of motors.

The MRF is owned by Republic Services Inc. CP Group designed and manufactured the equipment.

Waste360 spoke with a group of CP Group executives about the project and what they’ve learned so far in running the facility. The crew included President and CEO Terry Schneider; Vice President of Operations Mike Whitney; Lead System Engineer Patrick Nicol and Sales and Marketing Director Ashley Davis.

Waste360: The MRF has been up and running now for a few months. What have you learned in the early days of its implementation? What’s worked well? Where have there been challenges?

Nicol: The system is a powerhouse. Early on we had to bring in a bigger loader because the one we were using was not keeping up with the system. The portable touch screens are a hit. They allow plant managers to review and react to any event from anywhere in the plant.

In terms of challenges, we’ve faced no big hurdles. The system’s capabilities allow us to run one line at a time, which was really helpful during the first few weeks. The startup and training went smoothly, thanks in large part to Republic Services.

Waste360: How much material is currently being processed at the site per day?

Nicol: It’s receiving approximately 550 tons per day. That’s about twice the weight of the Statue of Liberty. It’s been tested to process 70 tons per hour. And we’re achieving that with the system.

Schneider: Republic continues to roll out new sectors of the City with automated recycling containers. The ultimate goal is to process 265,000 tons per year to handle the anticipated growth.

Waste360: How has operation gone with the dual sorting lines? What has that functionality meant for the facility’s operation so far?

Nicol: The dual line design gives Republic Services full flexibility in operating the facility. Each of the lines can handle both residential single stream and commercial single stream. That really helps with tip floor management. If you get a large volume of inbound commercial material, you can quickly change the processing to commercial single-stream on either line. Republic has complete flexibility to process residential or commercial material across either line.

Waste360: What’s the experience been using the HMI mobile tablets in running the system? How has that worked relative to what was done before?

Whitney: We’ve been using touch-screen HMI panels for some time. They allow operators to talk to the MRF. At the click of a button, the HMI can adjust the entire system based on a preprogramed recipe tailored for a specific environment.

The Vegas system has seven fixed HMI panels and two mobile HMI tablets. The HMI tablets allow operators to move freely throughout the facility, allowing them to control the plant from anywhere on site. This mobility also allows the operator to see the impact on the end product when an adjustment is completed. Since operators don’t need to go back and forth from the HMI to the machine to resolve issues, the HMI tablets save time.

Waste360: What other technology has CP Group used to help MRF operations?

Whitney: The CP OIS (Office Interface System) is a SCADA (System Controls and Data Acquisition) package that provides full diagnostic readouts on the system that can be accessed by any computer. You can see run times, system efficiency, uptime, downtime, power consumption, belt scale tonnage, historical trends, a detail log of system activity (e-stops, etc,), and just about any other data on the system. This is a breakthrough.

Basically, our OIS allows you to track anything that uses power. What’s more impressive is that our OIS dashboard is accessible from anywhere. Operators for the Las Vegas system can view full system metrics from any computer since the system is web-based. They can also view this data on any cell phone through the phone app we’ve developed. Our OIS literally puts the system in the palm of your hand. The Vegas system is the first in the country to have this level of technology.

This kind of access to vital information allows the operator in Vegas to identify issues quickly and make system adjustments, retrain employees, or apply preventive maintenance processes.

Nicol: A web accessible site allows management to remotely access daily dashboard reports.

Davis: We’ve really been able to streamline the system in terms of maximizing both single stream and commercial lines. Patrick worked with Republic Services to optimize their operation by bypassing certain equipment when processing commercial material, eliminating the need to run equipment that is not necessary. This is a vital component to the system’s efficiency and versatility. We’re proud of this design element and it is something we will be incorporating into our systems in the future.

Waste360: What lessons have been learned here that will be applied in installations elsewhere?

Whitney: Higher demand means facilities are going to be larger than before. The challenge is to minimize design and find improvements. We have around 200 electric motors that had to be wired. We will look at how to streamline the installation process of those.

Another lesson learned is how to be prepared to start a system like this and [coordinate] with our clients. We did this entire installation in 19 weeks. To put in this system in the short time we had is a huge accomplishment for the company and it’s something we will be able to build on when we install smaller systems. We will be able to do those in much shorter timeframes.

It’s also changed a lot of how we are building things out in our shop. We’re looking at more modular platforms and modular conveyers. We will be able to go through engineering much more quickly.

Waste360: What was your experience in working with Republic Services?

Nicol: The Las Vegas facility was a huge project for Republic and for us. We are very proud this project has gone so smoothly. We’ve had a longstanding partnership with Republic. We think they are a fantastic company and we look forward to partnering with them on many future projects. More immediately, we look forward to working with Republic in facilitating tours to showcase the Las Vegas MRF at Waste Expo this year.

Waste360: What’s in the future for CP Group?

Schneider: We’re continuing to design systems to be more flexible as material streams evolve. We’re committed to designing systems with maximum flexibility, allowing plants to adapt to the ever-changing material stream. The Las Vegas system is a great example of this.

In addition to equipment development, we’re continually improving the high-tech elements of our MRFs, like our OIS SCADA system, which gathers system information for use by operators, allowing them to access system-wide data in a user-friendly interface via both fixed and mobile panels.

Davis: We design systems to last because we see our customers as partners. Providing services and support for the life of all our systems is a part of that. We stand behind our customers to ensure their needs are met with the right equipment that will provide the best return on their investment over time as different market challenges arise and materials change.

MSS CIRRUS optical sorter achieves high score in independent study of shrink-sleeved PET bottles

CIRRUSMSS Inc., a world leading manufacturer of optical sorting equipment, recently achieved the highest average sorting performance against five competitors, in an independent study. The results of this study were presented at the APR Technical Forum in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 1st, 2016.

The test was intended to determine whether a new type of polyolefin-based shrink label for PET bottles, manufactured by UPM Raflatac, could be commercialized in the current PET market with the existing infrastructure. The test also determined whether the labels could be properly separated both by resin and color.

This testing was facilitated and performed by Plastics Forming Enterprises, LLC, an independent full service testing and R&D company serving the plastics, packaging, recycling and consumer products industries.

The evaluation was carried out at the testing centers of six optical sorter manufacturers. The testing involved several trial runs of sample bottles, as well as other runs of sample bottles mixed in with random PET and Non-PET plastic bottles.

The testing focused on the identification of PET bottles of various colors (substrate) behind the partially or fully sleeved label of various colors, and whether they could be positively or negatively sorted as separate categories.

The MSS CIRRUS achieved the highest average test score (88.2%) amongst the six optical sorter manufacturers, as shown in the bargraph below.

“This study further underlines that the MSS proprietary CIRRUS NIR + Color sensing and identification hardware and software are superior to other technologies, including NIR cameras and channelized scanners,” says Felix Hottenstein, MSS Sales Director. “And it does apply to flake sorting applications as well.”

“The CIRRUS is MSS’s latest generation of high-resolution NIR, color and metal sensor technology,” says Greg Thibado, MSS Vice President. “This technology allows MSS to offer solutions for some of the toughest sorting requirements.”

The full report and public presentation of the results in PDF format are available from MSS upon request.

MSS is a division of CP Group. CP Group designs and manufactures material recovery facilities and recycling equipment for Single Stream Recycling, Construction and Demolition Waste, Commercial and Industrial Waste, Waste to Energy, Municipal Solid Waste, Electronic Scrap, Auto-Shredder Residue, and more.