BioCycle May 2011, Vol. 52, No. 5, p. 55
EcoDevice™, a corrosion-inhibiting product designed to protect metals in enclosed spaces, is constructed from biobased, renewable materials, reports Cortec Corporation. Each device, which emits Vapor Phase Corrosion Inhibitors, protects up to 1.5 cu. ft. of enclosed space, and has a profile of less than 0.03 inches. The inhibitors, which provide protection for up to 24 months, absorb onto the metal surface forming a barrier to moisture and corrosive gases without adversely affecting the appearance, conductivity, mechanical integrity or optical functionality of the components being protected, according to Cortec. For more details, visit cortecvci.com.
Equipment Operators Get Improved Views
A waterproof wide-angle TrackVision camera from RMT gives equipment operators a 115° field of view in any direction to eliminate blind-spots to the front, rear, sides and “over the wall.” Operators of wheel loaders, excavators, material handlers, log loaders, truck and scrapers can maneuver more confidently and more quickly in congested areas, increasing safety and productivity, says RMT. The cameras are mounted adjacent to grapples, buckets and other attachments. TrackVision safety camera systems are supplied with easy instructions for do-it-yourself installations. Up to four cameras can be viewed through shockproof 7-inch high-resolution LCD monitors. Visit www.rmtequip.com
Valencia Urban Waste Facility To Modernize
Taim Weser, a Spanish company specializing in sustainable streamlining of industrial processes, is providing the equipment and setup for processing and composting the organic fraction of urban waste generated by the districts of the Valencia (Spain) metropolitan area. The organics processing component of the newly modernized Los Hornillos Waste Processing and Composting Plant will have the capacity to process 62,000 tons/year. The organic fraction will be stabilized in trapezium-shaped piles in enclosed and covered fermentation bays. Air collection inside the bays will be sent to a biofilter for treatment. An automated loading system, automatic bucket wheel turning machine and a discharge system will also be utilized, with a total processing time of six weeks. Visit www.taimweser.com.
Martin Engineering’s Foundations Training workshop series to improve conveyer operating efficiency includes three customizable programs as well as an Operations & Maintenance Seminar available online. The seminar takes an in-depth look at methods to improve safety, performance and payback of belt conveyors by controlling fugitive material and improving system efficiency. Materials handling basics, conveyor safety, belt alignment, belt cleaning, transfer point improvements, belts and splices, leading-edge technologies and dust management are covered. Details at www.martin-eng.com.
Biodegradable Plastic Bags
Tankon corn starch-based biodegradable garbage, lawn and T-shirt bags meet ASTM D6866, ASTM D6400 and OK compost/EN 13432 standards for composting and biodegradability. The company, Wuhan Tankon Colour Print Co., Ltd. in Wuhan, HuBei, China, produces up to 40 million of the bags monthly for customers including Wal-Mart, Great Lake Packaging and Hollywood Mega Store. Visit www.tankon.com.
Screening High Moisture Materials
Vermeer has introduced the TR521 by Wildcat, a trommel with features that facilitate screening of wet materials and topsoil with high moisture content. Tensioned screen panels add tensile strength and allow use of a smaller gauge wire that opens the screening area, resulting in a larger surface to screen material. This facilitates screening of wet material, says Vermeer. The TR521 include a 5 cubic yard (cy) hopper with a low feed-in height capable of producing up to 150 cy/hour of material. The overs conveyor has a stacking height of 3 to 10 feet. Visit www.vermeer.com.
Natural Gas Vehicles Come To North America
Landi Renzo USA has partnered with Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products (L&P CVP) to implement alternative fuel systems using compressed natural gas (CNG). The partners displayed a Ford E250 commercial van outfitted with a dedicated CNG alternative fuel system at the 2011 Green Truck Summit and Work Truck Show in Indianapolis this month. As a Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) of Ford vehicles, L&P CVP will install Landi Renzo’s CNG fuel system at its Ford ship-thru facility in Elyria, Ohio and offer three and four tank options for installation on Ford’s E-250 and E-350 cargo and passenger vans. The 21- and 27 gasoline-gallon-equivalent tanks are part of a system that complies with the Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standards and Regulations, is certified by the EPA and is 50-state compliant through the California Air Resources Board. Learn more at www.landiusa.com.