Moving the Recycling Industry 'Forever Forward'

While recycling has become the norm for both households and companies, it may be surprising to note that we still have a long way to go.

Bonfiglioli delivers customised solutions for recycling processing and machinery.

Recycling has become the norm for households and companies around the country.

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 2 billion beverage containers each year and less than half of those are recycled.

There might still be some way to go, but manufacturers are making great in-roads in their efforts both locally and internationally. One such example is Bonfiglioli which offers a wide range of solutions for recycling processing and machinery. 

Giorgio Rodriguez, Application Engineer for Bonfiglioli says that we conceive, design, and produce 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”.

He notes that while ‘spec’ing’ a product can be daunting, we are here every step of the way. For a stand-alone recycling machine, Giorgio suggests making use of Bonfiglioli’s C-series helical in-line gearbox and geared motor. “We offer full integration for a complete solution. 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. “Its 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”.

Giorgio notes that primary and secondary shredding, conveying and compactors are four of the key applications on a recycling plant. “Bonfiglioli supports all of these processes”.

“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”.

These products offer a highly dynamic response time, energy savings and are a cost-effective solution thanks to extended service intervals.

To complement our range of geared motors, we also offer 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.” he concludes.