An auto logger, first used in Europe around
1989, provides auto recyclers the capability to compress scrap
vehicles into a denser, more uniform shape that stacks well,
resulting in more efficient loading and transporting of crushed
auto bodies. Because haulers can load trailers to the maximum
weight limits, all of these factors add up to increased efficiency
and savings for auto recyclers.
Iron Ax manufactures the Iron Pack Baler. John Kitchens, vice
president, said, “We offer this baler in 16 or 20-foot baling
chamber options. Either size can be purchased with or without
a crane. Our Iron Pack Baler is a high-speed, high-production
machine. The average bale time of a full size automobile equipped
with the engine, rear end and transmission still attached is
one minute. Additionally, all of our balers are remotely controlled,
automatic cycle and can produce a variable length bale, adjustable
by the operator at the touch of a button.”
Iron Ax has been manufacturing scrap handling equipment for approximately
22 years. Kitchens said his firm has a unique perspective when
it comes to producing equipment that is used in scrap yards.
He said, “We’ve owned and operated 5 scrap yards for 45 years.
All of the equipment we produce is first tested and proven in
our yards. We know exactly what recyclers need from a piece of
equipment because we do the same thing our customers do!”
Kitchens noted that the economic slowdown and lack of consumer
confidence is a challenge but, “We do a large amount of scrap
metal exporting and that has picked up. The past few years have
been difficult, as business for many companies has run at a slower
rate due to the economic uncertainty. The good news is that demand
is still there, and when it returns completely, it will be big.”
Pier Sambolino, Vezzani International sales and service manager,
said, “As a well-known manufacturer of heavy duty shears and
balers, Vezzani manufactures an extra heavy-duty, portable logger
baler, which has high-performance characteristics that run against
the mainstream production of loggers available in today’s market
place. The same philosophy applied to large Vezzani shears and
balers has been distilled into our portable logger.
“Many of the components and materials used are the same as those
used to build our largest machines. This means our product provides
faster production times, greater reliability and longer service
life than you would normally expect from a car logger. There
is no set size or dimension, as we build to order and can incorporate
modifications to suit any particular need. In terms of production,
we serve a global market where extreme conditions and inaccessibility
dictate that equipment must be trouble-free and star performers.
It is in these areas particularly, where we have become the manufacturer
of choice. We offer electric or diesel versions as well as many
other options. Our logger distinguishes itself by the quality
construction evident in the strength, reliability and productivity
it offers, which is essential in today’s market.”
Sambolino revealed that the logger can be stationary-mounted
on a flat, concrete slab, or can be ordered with self-loading,
lifting legs, or mounted on a trailer. Set up times are minimal
and allow faster completion of any operation compared to the
industry standard. Also available from Vezzani is a fully adjustable
pusher ram with higher-than-typical compressing forces.
“Our logger is a niche machine, not designed with the mainstream
logger in mind. Vezzani was pushed to design and manufacture
this logger to satisfy the needs of those in search of reliability
and performance, and who look to Vezzani to give them an ace
in their sleeve. Every machine has a price tag, but the real
cost is the cost per ton to do the job, and that is where our
logger demonstrates its true worth. Trouble-free operation and
reliability, coupled with low production costs are always a key
attribute of any Vezzani product. With a higher than average
specification, our product provides our clients with more flexibility
to tackle ever more difficult jobs. We’re just as proud to see
the Vezzani logo on our logger as we are seeing it on our 2000
ton shear,” Sambolino said.
Gianluca Manzo is general manager at Colmar USA, and he said
the company’s balers have sold auto loggers in the scrap metal
recycling market for many years. Manzo said, “We have pushed
the limits and emerged with an even greater baler – the improved
B6200SW. Like all balers in our line, the B6200SW has a strong
compacting cycle, but this model has two pushing cylinders with
a maximum force of 130 tons each, and a box over 20 feet long.
The product also includes a mechanical scrap loader for loading
materials, or it can be fed by an industrial scrap processor.
Standard features include the automatic compacting cycle, an
air conditioner, and a remote control. An automatic greasing
system is optional. The B6200SW can be trailer-mounted and offers
an average production rate of 11 to 16 tons per hour.”
IMABE is a global manufacturer and seller of logger balers. “Our
products offer outstanding advantages that earn the balers the
reputation as the finest in the industry,” said Eli Cohen, president
of United States sales and service.
He went on to say, “Our customers can customize the box size
as well as pressure, depending on the material they are baling.
Whether logging cars or baling #2 bundles, our product will bale
to a customer’s specific needs, thanks to the capabilities of
our product’s excellent hydraulic system. IMABE balers have an
optional remote control and all logger balers include a crane
and grapple. An environmentally-sound fluid collection tank is
standard on every logger and we use only variable-flow pumps
in our products. With this type of pump, only the energy needed
for the specific work involved is used, rather than the machine
continuously running at full force, to log or bale material.
This characteristic extends the life of the whole unit, and reduces
the fuel consumption and emissions released during operation.
Our auto loggers process ferrous metal and nonferrous materials
such as aluminum and stainless steel.”
Cohen said their customers can be up and running in less than
15 minutes because the logger and the trailer it sits on are
a single unit. “This unique feature provides greater baler stability
for more aggressive operations and extends the life of the machine.
Our machines also offer a superior life span because of their
steel construction. IMABE products are known to be 15 to 20 percent
heavier than similar products on the market, but we are still
in accordance with weight regulations.
“We strive to make a top-quality product, based on more than
40 years of experience. We make every component of the logger
ourselves, including manufacturing the cylinders, hydraulic blocks
and our unique computer system. All parts are manufactured at
our factory, providing complete confidence that the product is
developed and manufactured by IMABE,” Cohen said.