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Mega Auto Shredder to Be Built at Upstate Shredding

Fri November 05, 2010 - Northeast Edition
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Riverside Engineering will begin installation of a new model M-122 auto shredder at Upstate Shredding LLC in Owego, N.Y., commencing on Nov. 26. The initial phase of the installation is scheduled to occur over eight days with Riverside’s field staff and local trades working in shifts, 24-hours a day to complete the project.

“What usually takes several weeks in our industry for this work will be done in days. Upstate’s yard is one of the busiest in the country. By completing the new in-feed roller conveyor system and downstream ferrous metal separation system quickly we will cause minimum disruption allowing shredding and processing to continue as usual while we work,” said Rusty Manning, Riverside’s director of new equipment sales.

A second phase that includes the shredder section will be installed in February also on a similar expedited schedule. This upgrade to the facility is one hundred percent debt free.

Custom built for Upstate with an input capacity of 122-in. (310 cm), Riverside’s M-122 is among the largest shredders in the world and the highest capacity currently on the market. It can process up to 400-tons (363 t) of metal per hour, uses 1,000 lb. (453 kg) hammers, and can ingest the largest vehicles on the road today including 18-wheel tractors and trailers and buses, according to the manufacturer.

Designed to accommodate a 10,000 hp (7,454 kW) motor, the M-122 represents advancements in machine automation and computer controls for maximum processing efficiency, safety, noise reduction and energy conservation. The new in-feed system is a steel-belted conveyor that delivers raw scrap metal into the feed chute of the shredder. The new downstream conveyor and ferrous metal separation portion consists of six SGM 72 by 110 in. (183 by 279 cm) electromagnetic drum units. Two of these are specialized polishing drum magnets that retrieve electric motors and steel that is contaminated with other materials such as waste or copper.

Adam Weitsman, president of Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman & Son commented on the project: “We are a rapidly expanding company investing in the best available technology upgrades, but at the same time our Owego facility must continue to operate seamlessly to process the growing volume of metals arriving from our customers and feeder yard operations. We look forward to a smooth transition from our present shredder to the new M-122.”

When the switch-over to the M-122 occurs, the currently operating Newell 120-in. (305 cm) shredder will be available on the used equipment market.

“We have worked with Adam Weitsman, president of Upstate for many years. It brings us a lot of satisfaction that Adam has faith in Riverside Engineering to do a quick installation and make a major change over without causing problems. We are proud to make this positive contribution to his operation,” said Jim Olsen, co-owner of Riverside.

Upstate Shredding operates two facilities in Owego, one each in Binghamton and Ithaca and recently acquired scrap metal companies in Syracuse, Jamestown and Liberty, N.Y., and is in the process of acquiring a new facility in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

San Antonio, Texas, based Riverside Engineering provides metal shredding solutions for the recycling industry. The company’s product offering includes the M-Series shredders, rotors, downstream separation, controls automation and aftermarket parts. The company is a certified Rockwell Automation Systems Integrator providing control packages for reliable and safe plant operation.

For more information, call 210/227-9090.

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