Correct feed preparation for Materials Recovery Facilities and the need for regular maintenance and operative training were among the issues highlighted at Axion Consulting’s first-ever MRF event held in Birmingham, UK.
More than 90 delegates, including several European visitors, attended the seminar and exhibition on making the most of a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and optimising sorting and segregation technologies.
Entitled ‘Designing, building and operating a modern MRF – lessons learned from practical experience’, a key feature of the event was useful advice and information from leading technology experts on their specialist areas of expertise.
Topics of particular interest ranged from the ‘minefield’ of legislative, planning and compliance issues, explained by Phil Conran and Vicki Cooper from 360 Environmental, to how to make the best use of modern sensor-based sorting technologies and the need for selection of statistically-meaningful sample sizes when measuring MRF performance.
According to specialist recycler Axion, a high level of interest from Materials Recovery Facility operators and waste management companies has highlighted the sector’s need for an information-sharing event of this type.
“Positive feedback suggests the sector is obviously interested in developments in cutting-edge technology and that delegates benefited from the identification of issues, as well as the networking opportunities with their peers and equipment suppliers,” said Axion Director Roger Morton.
“Modern MRFs are highly-sophisticated and profitable processing businesses, so improving design and optimising performance to suit the operator’s in-feed materials, working patterns and ultimately, the end markets, is crucial to extract highest quality outputs and efficiencies.
“From the interest shown by equipment suppliers, system builders and end users, we feel everyone who attended has gained through sharing knowledge and making new contacts,” adds Roger.
Craig Stansfield, Managing Director of Core Industrial Solutions welcomed the emphasis on regular MRF maintenance, saying: “It does reduce downtime and as MRF equipment manufacturers and installers, we’re always fighting a battle with production and targets.”
Louth McMahon from a Northern Ireland MRF found the networking very useful, as did recycling consultant Jan Van Houwelingen who said: “Networking was very important to me and I also learned a lot from the day.”
Exhibitors at the event were Acta Recycling A/S, Dela GmbH, IFE Aufberietungstechnik GmbH, Ken Mills Engineering Ltd, Stadler GmbH, S & S Inspection Ltd, TITECH and NESTRO Lufttechnik GmbH.
Axion Consulting is part of the Axion Group that develops and operates innovative resource recovery and processing solutions for recycling waste materials. The Group works with a wide range of clients, from Government agencies and local authorities to companies in diverse commercial sectors, on the practical development of new processing and collection methods to recover value from waste resources.
For more information, contact Axion Consulting on 0161 426 7731 or visit the website - www.axionconsulting.co.uk.