Buffalo, New York -- WENDT CORPORATION announced the commissioning of an upgraded non-ferrous separation system at Interstate Shredding, LLC. This upgrade represents Interstate’s goal to expand their plant and help maximize the value of the products they are already producing, as well as create new products from their automobile shredder residue (ASR).
Interstate Shredding, located in Girard, OH, operates a 28-acre scrap metal recycling facility that was started as a joint venture in 2008. Interstate is partnered with Niles Iron & Metal and Mercer Company and make up LNM Holdings, LLC. Together, LNM Holdings is one of the largest scrap metal processors across Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.
Interstate installed an 80/104, 4,000 hp shredder and non-ferrous plant in 2009, but soon recognized the need to expand its non-ferrous processing capabilities in order to recover copper wire from their ASR. “Our desire to purchase new equipment arose as our existing system was deficient in that it didn’t give us the ability to recover wire,” says Gary Chandler, COO of LNM Holdings.
To fully understand how they could recover copper wire and improve their existing products, Interstate visited the WENDT Test Center to test their ASR material. “With the testing done at the WENDT Test Center, it revealed to us that we were not only losing wire, but losing additional metals as well,” stated Chandler. “The Test Center allowed us to recognize the recovery potential and simulate our own process.” After material testing validated that additional recovery was possible, Interstate purchased the equipment needed to upgrade their plant and WENDT began the engineering process.
Upgrading Interstate’s plant presented WENDT engineers with some unique building and engineering problems to solve. Chandler says, “Taking four new finders and all of the support equipment and fitting it into a fixed building with existing equipment was not the easiest task. The WENDT engineering group worked with these building challenges and creatively made good use of the square footage and made the space function remarkably well while sticking to our budget.”
Interstate’s non-ferrous plant has recently been commissioned and features four WENDT/TITECH finders, two ASR Windsifters, as well as conveyors, feeders and platforms. This equipment provides the company with the ability to recover ICW (insulated copper wire), zorba, zurik and fines material, as well as offers them increased revenue potential. Chandler says, “We’re very pleased with how the purchase of this equipment has impacted our bottom line. The installation is achieving our ROI requirements and producing less than 1% metal loss.”
Chandler adds, “With our equipment purchase, we believe we’ve partnered with the forefront leader in separation technology. We felt that WENDT satisfied our needs on numerous levels as we had three specific goals in mind. Our first goal was to increase recovery capabilities; the second was to meet our engineering needs and have all of the new equipment work alongside our existing equipment and lastly was to work within our budget. WENDT was the best supplier to fulfill all of those needs.”