Manufacturing firm invests in new shredding technology

Manufacturing | Technology | Yorkshire

UNTHASanoh UK Manufacturing has invested in new shredding technology from Yorkshire-based UNTHA, that will pay for itself in less than 18 months, due to the cost savings it will achieve for the wider business.

The company invested in an UNTHA RS40 shredder to tackle the surplus metal it generates during the production of brake and fuel pipes for the automotive industry. These component parts must be formed into specific shapes to suit the ergonomics of different vehicles, which naturally creates ‘offcuts’ of extremely obscure shapes.

Commenting on the shredder procurement, Sanoh UK Manufacturing purchasing and materials manager Barry Channon said: “We have long had a strong environmental conscience so, unlike some organisations, we didn’t decide to invest in the equipment to make us more ‘green’.

“Instead we sought a smarter way to handle and store our waste, to ensure a tidier site plus more money on our bottom line.

“That’s before we’ve factored in any potential revenue yield from the sale of the recyclates we’ve homogenously shredded.”

With the metal collected in skips for off-site recycling – at a cost of £120 per week – this practice already ensured a robust environmental approach for Sanoh. But the diverse profile of the ‘waste’ meant that a large proportion of the skips were simply filled with fresh air.

Achieving through puts of up to 500kg, the flexible RS40 is also capable of shredding wooden pallets and crates that can similarly be volume-reduced to magnify the fiscal benefits of the investment. The machine can be reconfigured to tackle plastic waste too, which all adds up to space-saving advantages across the site.

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