The Leading Journal for the Tyre Recycling Sector

The Leading Journal for the Tyre Recycling Sector

BCA Designs Portable Tyre Shredder to Increase Productivity

BCA, the Milwaukee-based equipment manufacturer, says its PD1000 IO X shredding system is designed for use in tandem with open-top live floor semi-trailers

BCA Industries states that its latest PD1000 IO X tyre shredder can overcome bottleneck involved in the loading and unloading of material before and after shredding.

“The challenge is that portable shredding systems have not been designed to take advantage of one of the recycling industry’s most labour-efficient types of containers: open-top walking floor semi-trailers, which simplify loading and unloading,” states the company.

“Traditional portable shredders cannot reach the height of an open-top walking floor semi-trailer, which is the standard in the recycling industry,” says John Neuens, an industrial consultant with BCA Industries.

“When loading scrap containers, typical portable shredder conveyors can only reach about 9 feet high at best, while semi-trailers can be up to 13 feet high,” adds Neuens. “As a result, US tyre recyclers have been limited to using roll-off trailers or dumpsters with these kinds of systems.”

“Now, recyclers can rapidly shred tyres and reach the heights needed to load open-top walking floor semi-trailers without moving any of the shredding equipment,” says Neuens.

The latest BCA Dual-shaft, low speed, high torque shear shredder can process car and truck tyres at around 4 – 5 tonnes per hour. With the addition of a sidewall remover, the system can also shred semi-trailer tyres.

The PD1000 IO X system consists of the PD1000 shredder along with a PD1000 IO conveyor, a unique “double-jointed” system that hydraulically “unfolds” to a height of 13 feet.

The company says the PD1000 IO X system is transportable with a one-ton pickup truck. The power unit is a completely self-contained diesel/hydraulic system that does not require additional electrical connections or a concrete slab for use, says BCA.

BCA says that while with some high-torque shredders, “the cost of repair and downtime can be excessive, particularly when waiting for an overseas supplier to refurbish or rebuild the cutting head. For this reason, some tire recyclers keep a full-time millwright or mechanic on staff.”

To help reduce downtime and maintenance costs, BCA says its PD1000 shredder “does away with the typical complex gearbox and instead utilises a double, heavy-duty chain drive.” An inexpensive “off-the-shelf” American-made hydraulic system uses dual motors that are readily available, adds BCA.

Neuens says that the whole assembly can be easily maintained, and the modusar head on the machine can be removed and replaced in just an hour.

The BCA Industries PD1000 IO X system consists of the PD1000 shredder along with a PD1000 IO conveyor.

Photo courtesy of BCA Industries and Power PR