Vecoplan LLC, a leader in size reduction technology, has opened its new state-of-the-art testing facility. The facility serves as a testing ground for new technology, and as a place where customers can view their waste being processed.

“First, it provides a practical hands-on environment to test the feasibility and ensure the quality of our R&D efforts,” states Gary Kolbet, VP engineering at Vecoplan. “But just as important, the test lab is set up to provide real world conditions in which customers can view their own waste materials being processed - from feeding, through shredding and discharge/separation” adds Bob Gilmore, Vecoplan’s CSO.

The facility contains a representative selection of four of Vecoplan’s most popular shredders and a plastics granulator. It's also configured with an open slot to allow for the installation of other machines on an as-needed basis. One of the semi-permanent machines is horizontally fed and four are vertically fed via hoppers. The horizontal shredder, a VTH-VU, is equipped with a vibration feed conveyor and pneumatic discharge system.

The hopper-feed shredders include a VAZ 1600 M XL T, a V-ECO 1300, and a VAZ 1300 M NewGen. Selected to demonstrate a range of feed opening sizes, horse-power drive options, and material shredding capabilities – including plastics, paper, cardboard, wood, MSW, and general waste, specific shredders also feature patented Vecoplan innovations such as the SureCut Film & Fiber shredding system and the energy saving HiTorc electromagnetic drive technology.

Auxiliaries complementing these hopper feed shredders include a portable box dumper and inclined feed conveyor system, a VFB 650 F3 modular belt conveyor, a multi-station KKF paddle-chain conveyor equipped with a rotary drum magnet for ferrous metals separation, a bypass gate for materials discharge, and a complete dust collection system. Control panels for each machine, like the shredders they operate, represent Vecoplan’s range of control package options.

Other amenities in the lab include customer-viewing stations with built-in windows, located at key processing points on each shredder. Cameras positioned above each shredder’s hopper provide live video feeds of materials as they are being processed in the cutting chamber. Video can be viewed on the lab’s LCD monitor and recorded for the customer on USBs, DVDs or CDs.

“The decision to invest in a test lab of this caliber was based on customers’ desire for precise size reduction solutions involving direct testing of their exact materials and demonstration of the exact shredder models they are purchasing,” said Len Beusse, Vecoplan COO.