Spe­cial Fea­ture: 2018 NIIEX show high­lights

A Terex TWH 224 waste han­dler was one of the re­cy­cling and waste han­dling ma­chines on show at the 2018 NIIEX show in North­ern Ire­land re­cently. Chris Mc­Cul­lough re­ports

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The re­cy­cling of waste ma­te­rial, whether food, metal, plas­tic or other, is be­com­ing big busi­ness across the world, as well as be­ing a vi­tal com­po­nent in pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

Han­dling waste can be a com­plex task, but thanks to in­no­va­tive minds and new tech­nol­ogy there is a huge range of ma­chin­ery on the mar­ket that can as­sist waste pro­cess­ing.

It is cer­tainly a sec­tor that many ma­chin­ery and equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly in­volved in as de­mand for waste han­dling ma­chin­ery grows. There are, how­ever, not so many main­stream exhibitions of this ma­chin­ery held around the world, but that trend is chang­ing fast as the pop­u­lar­ity of re­cy­cling in­creases.

One re­cent event show­cas­ing some of the lat­est ma­chin­ery avail­able was held in North­ern Ire­land where a num­ber of the prod­ucts on show are be­ing repli­cated and in­deed ex­ported to many cities around the world.

On dis­play at the NIIEX show were a num­ber of dif­fer­ent trucks, many of which had been trans­formed into waste col­lec­tion ve­hi­cles, and a few ex­hibit­ing how ver­sa­tile they can be with fit­ted bod­ies.


One of the more in­ter­est­ing con­cepts high­lighted at the show was how an in­creas­ing num­ber of cities in the UK are us­ing bio­gas-pow­ered trucks to col­lect food waste, de­liver it to an anaer­o­bic di­ges­tion (AD) plant and then re­fuel on the very gas be­ing pro­duced by that plant.

MacPac Refuse Bod­ies Lim­ited is based in

Antrim, North­ern Ire­land, and man­u­fac­tures the truck bod­ies that col­lect food waste, amongst other equip­ment. Sales man­ager David Hyde says there is a big move­ment to­wards gas (com­pressed nat­u­ral gas) pow­ered ve­hi­cles for food waste col­lec­tion, par­tic­u­larly in cities and towns.

This will give the truck enough fuel to run ap­prox­i­mately 200 miles (322km).

“We are see­ing in­creased de­mand to fit our bod­ies onto Iveco trucks that run on gas,” he says.

“It is a green cir­cle as the trucks can fill up on the gas pro­duced by the AD plants, man­u­fac­tured from the food waste they de­liver there.

“The Iveco trucks are based on a 16-tonne chas­sis and our body on the back has a 7.5-tonne pay­load of food waste.

“It takes around one tonne of pro­cessed food waste to make enough gas to fill up one tank on the truck.

“This will give the truck enough fuel to run ap­prox­i­mately 200 miles (322km), which is a few days’ use in some cities de­pend­ing on the length of the jour­ney from the food waste col­lec­tion point to the AD plant.

“We have al­ready sold three of these units into North­ern Ire­land and eight into Eng­land, all to pri­vate con­trac­tors.”


One of the larger pieces of ma­chin­ery on dis­play was the Terex TWH220 ma­te­ri­als han­dler, ex­hib­ited by Ir­ish dealer McHale Plant Sales.

Sales man­ager Paul Mul­lally out­lined the ben­e­fits of this ma­chine that is prov­ing pop­u­lar in the re­cy­cling in­dus­try.

“It has a reach of up to 9.2 me­tres and is pow­ered by a 95kW en­gine. Over­all the Terex TWH 220 weighs in at 22.9 tonnes and uses state-of-the-art en­gine and cool­ing tech­nol­ogy,” he says.

Terex says the di­vided cool­ing sys­tem on the TWH 220, com­prised of a hy­dro­stat­i­cally driven fan for the oil cooler and a vis­cous-clutch driven fan for the water and charge air cooler, pro­vides silent cool­ing and per­mits oper­a­tion of the ma­chine at tem­per­a­tures as high as 50°C.

Op­tions such as ad­di­tional suc­tion boxes or a pres­surised cabin sys­tem with a pro­tec­tive ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem are pro­vided to fa­cil­i­tate

oper­a­tion in the sort­ing hall. Op­ti­mal vis­i­bil­ity is af­forded both by the lift­ing cab with its panoramic win­dows and by the ad­vanced func­tion mon­i­tor, which per­mits com­pre­hen­sive sur­veil­lance of all op­er­at­ing data.

Er­gonom­i­cally-ar­ranged op­er­a­tional con­trols and a com­fort­able seat that pro­vides lum­bar sup­port are com­po­nents of the ba­sic equip­ment.


One of the other ex­hibitors, AEBI Sch­midt UK Ltd dis­played a num­ber of op­tions for road sweep­ing.

UK area sales man­ager Diane Cur­ran says the Swingo com­pact sweep­ers and the Street King range of larger sweep­ing units were very pop­u­lar.

“The Street King 660 truck mounted sweeper has a hop­per ca­pac­ity of seven cu­bic me­tres and a dual sweep width of up to 3.5 me­tres,” she says.

“This par­tic­u­lar ex­am­ple is mounted on a DAF LF220 sweeper chas­sis pow­ered by a Deutz 75 horse­power en­gine. These are most com­monly used by coun­cils or pri­vate con­trac­tors and have proven very re­li­able with them.”

Show or­gan­iser Raymond Martin from Green­bridge In­no­va­tions is pleased with how the show went.

“This is our sec­ond show here re­lat­ing to the waste and re­cy­cling sec­tors and we con­tinue to grow each event,” he says.

“There is a de­vel­op­ing in­ter­est in the ma­chin­ery and ser­vices ded­i­cated to the waste, re­cy­cling and shred­ding in­dus­tries across the world and there­fore a big need for show like this. It is a spe­cial­ist show for the in­dus­try and we are happy with the num­ber of ex­hibitors and vis­i­tors, but al­ready have new plans to fur­ther ex­pand these next year.”

There is a de­vel­op­ing in­ter­est in the ma­chin­ery and ser­vices ded­i­cated to the waste, re­cy­cling and shred­ding in­dus­tries across the world.

Above: The Terex TWH 220 ma­te­ri­als han­dler, with a TDS 820 slow speed shred­derRight: The Street King 660 truck mounted sweeper

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