Columbus McKinnon Exhibiting at ‘Unique’ Essen Show
Columbus McKinnon, which currently supplies approximately 400 shredding and recycling installations in more than 25 countries worldwide, has described Reifen as a “unique venue to network with other professionals and explore the many successes in the recycling industry.” The company has played a key role in providing scrap tyre processing equipment to the industry for over 30 years.
Located in Sarasota Florida, CM has been developing tyre recycling systems since 1982 when, according to the firm, it was the first company to develop “turnkey” systems specifically designed for the reduction of scrap tyres with the intent on creating valuable end products, commonly known as tyre derived materials.
As early as 1980 CM recognized the value of the “Holman Patent” a patented shredder knife system that created extremely close knife to knife tolerances. This system allowed processors to create high quality tyre chips with very little exposed steel. This patent was purchased and coupled with an innovative, highly efficient, patented screening system, which together created a system that produced clean cut chips of consistent size. This innovative technology was incremental to the advancement of the tire derived fuel and tire derived aggregate markets. This concept has been expanded on throughout the years and numerous shredder models and knife designs such as the trademarked Multi-Stack or Double Stack are available for all applications and markets.
As markets for smaller materials grew CM developed its patented Liberator. Introduced in 2002 the CM Liberator has lived up to its reputation, of liberating processors from the confines of the past. Not only, does it produce high quality steel at impressive production rates, the rubber produced by its unique pinching, ripping and tearing configuration produces an impressive distribution of rubber sizes. In many cases, processors have forgone the additional milling and grinding systems and instead, have installed additional screening and cleaning capabilities to take advantage of all product sizes produced. This allows them to produce products for all major markets for tyre derived materials.