The Edge VS420 tried, tested & proven.
With decades of knowledge in the design, manufacturing, and installation of mobile waste shredders, it is no surprise that EDGE Innovate’s VS420 twin shaft shredder released in March 2020 is quickly gaining a reputation as a world class shredder. With its high capacity, reliability and low running costs, the EDGE VS420 is proving to be an excellent shredding alternative to what is currently on the market.
We sit down with EDGE Innovate’s Territory Sales Manager, Tom Connolly to speak about the success of the EDGE VS420 to date. “The interest in the VS420 has been extremely high across Europe, North America and particular the UK market. With several units already installed and working in the UK; many British waste management companies have been quick to recognise the operational benefits of the VS420 with its capabilities and versatility being proven in applications such as MSW and wood waste”.
POPULAR DESIGN FEATURES
Tom Connolly points to the many significant design features found on the VS420 that he believes has made the VS420 the shredder of choice for so many waste management companies. “The VS420 offers a host of design features as standard. For instance, the combination of EDGE’s Intelligent Load Management and the VS Status Alert System. These two systems work in tandem to ensure the efficient loading of the shredder. This in turn, allows the operator to achieve consistently high throughputs and most importantly, experience minimal downtime.” Tom continues “The EDGE VS420 ‘track and shred’ functionality is another unique feature available as standard on all VS420 units. It enables the VS420 to be repositioned via remote whilst continuing to shred material”.
Other notable features found on the VS420 include hydraulic hopper extensions with integrated locking mechanisms. The simple configurable nature of the extensions allows flexible loading whilst creating a much larger target area for the loaders resulting in reduced material spillage and improved operational safety. This is supported by a large capacity tipping hopper with remote functionality which aids with the feeding of material to the shredding chamber; it is particularly beneficial for feeding of elongated feed stocks. A hydraulic height adjustable powerful twin pole magnet fitted to the discharge conveyor ensures a high rate of ferrous metal recovery from the waste stream.
The high material throughputs achievable by the VS420 are made possible thanks to a set of 2m long, high torque shredder shafts that can be customised to suit a customer’s exact application and to create a designated final product piece size.
Tom explains the highly customisable nature of the VS420 “EDGE Innovate offer a wide range of tooling options and chamber configurations to ensure that the VS420 is set up to achieve the best results for its operators. With decades of experience, the EDGE team are in the perfect position to advise on the best set up for their clients so that their unit creates the right tonnage at the desired piece size.”
EDGE’s VS420 encompasses a twin shaft design which Tom explains “our twin shaft design provides exceptional material intake, ensures less wear, promotes self-cleaning and prevents material wrapping even in the toughest of applications. Our chamber design is proven to provide high percentage up time and does away with the need of cleaning material wrappage which can be an issue evident with many single shaft shredder units.”
The EDGE VS420 is controlled via the latest EDGE Operating System (EOS) which EDGE says provides improved user-friendly controls and allows the operators greater control over program settings, shaft speed and reverse cycles. “For example, the VS420 operating system provides five factory pre-set shredder programs for demolition wood, general waste, green waste, mattresses, and compost so that operators can jump quickly from one application to another and still achieve favourable outputs. There are three additional program settings that can be tailored by the operator to suit their specific input materials.” Tom says.
The EDGE VS420 is powered via a Caterpillar C9.3B Tier 4 Final / Stage V ACERT engine with a power rating of 310Kw (420HP). Caterpillar’s SCR technology reduces engine emissions and provides a robust and economical solution for EDGE’s customers. Fuel consumption is 9% less than comparable Stage IIIB engine options.
OPERATOR SAFETY & MAINTENANCE
“The VS420 has been designed around the operator to ensure enhanced operational and maintenance safety. For example, EDGE’s uplifting power unit, radiator and chamber doors ensure superior maintenance access which is complimented by a “One Point” service area which enables daily maintenance checks to be done easier and quicker.” Tom says, “Operators can access fuel and adblue tanks, air filters and oil gauge; all from a single vantage point.”
The EDGE VS420 also offers added remote functionality as standard. All major functions on the VS420 including tracking, tipping hopper, shafts speed, engine speed, shaft reverse cycle, discharge conveyor working angle and magnet position can be remotely operated from a safe distance of up to 100m or in the comfort of the loaders cabin.
EDGE Innovate’s next generation shredder has been proven to “achieve high-capacity throughputs, operational reliability, and offers low operational costs.”
For more information on EDGE’s range of next generation shredders please visit; www.edgeinnovate.com