UNTHA disrupts pre-shredder market

UNTHA UK has revealed a new two-shaft shredder – the ZR. And, following 24 months of rigorous industry research and development – including prototype trials on the continent – the dual shaft machine now promises the lowest lifecycle costing (LCC) for waste, wood, and metal shredding in its class.

The high-performance ZR has been specifically engineered for multi-shift, continuous pre-shredding – even when handling difficult materials some would consider economically ‘unshreddable’.

The machine’s low speed, high torque drive means it can process severe duty applications with ease, for a high level of plant availability. And the modular, quick-change cutting table design presents versatility at the core.

Shredding flexibility

The ZR2400H has been engineered for the high throughput, rough shredding of bulky waste, C&I waste, waste wood, MSW, mattresses, carpets, railway sleepers, bales and rolled goods. Available as a static or mobile machine with crawler tracks, the goal for this model is volume reduction (90% <300mm), material breakdown for further treatment, and alternative fuel production. This cutting system is therefore perfect for cement plants, operators in the biomass and energy recovery industries, MRFs, sorting and waste disposal firms.

The ZR2400W is the perfect metal scrap shredder and excels also in the processing of WEEE and large domestic appliances. Again, the goal is to achieve a rough material breakdown (90% <300mm) for downstream sorting, making this the ideal machine for metal processors, recyclers, and aluminium and metal manufacturers.

The ZR’s independent, bi-directional shaft rotation means the aggressive cutters grab, shear and liberate material in forward and reverse, for a machine action that always shreds.

Energy efficiencies

Whatever the customer’s preferred cutting mechanism, the ZR is supplied with the UNTHA Eco Power Drive with water-cooled synchronous motors – an energy-efficient concept which has become globally renowned for its ability to reduce energy consumption by up to 75%.

“With the ZR, we’re talking a reliable powerhouse that pays for itself!” commented sales director Peter Streinik. “Like all our shredders, the innovation is engineered for long service intervals, easy maintenance, safe operations and high uptime. But what will really make it stand out in its class, is the ability to tackle difficult materials, at low cost.

“We believe this will open up a whole new world of shredding possibilities.”

Data intuitiveness

Strong in performing, smart in saving, the ZR will be supplied with UNTHA GENIUS – the condition monitoring system which provides operators with access to their shredder’s performance data, in real-time, from any device.

Using several intuitive sensors, in-built within the shredder, it is possible to analyse up to 100 process values including speed, torque, engine temperature and conveyor power. The goal of this intuitive cloud-based technology is to provide easy access to the metrics that matter, to enable customers to optimise machine availability while minimising downtime and running costs.

A satisfied customer

Commenting on his 12-month trial of the ZR prototype during the machine’s R&D phase, Hubert A. Schwarz, head of processing and process development at Schaufler said: “The most important advantages of the ZR are versatility – the unit can shred both large, coarse NF metals and composites; fast, easy and efficient cleaning and maintenance; and low energy consumption – compared to other manufacturers, we’re saving €70,000 in energy costs a year as a result of using the ZR!”

Seeing is believing

Trials of the ZR are currently being offered throughout Europe, with customers invited to try the new two-shaft machine using their own materials.

To celebrate the UK debut of this new technology, UNTHA is also holding a shredder showcase in Lancashire on 13, 14 and 19 October. Hailed as being the company’s biggest event ever, it promises to give the country’s most pioneering waste and recycling professionals an unrivalled opportunity to see what UNTHA’s machines can really do.

“Seeing is believing,” commented UNTHA UK’s managing director Marcus Brew. “So, we’re inviting guests to enjoy live demonstrations of the UNTHA XR3000RC and XR3000C with high torque drive, as well as them being the first people in the country to see the all new two-shaft UNTHA ZR2400 in action! Launched specifically to tackle severe duty materials, this is not one to be missed!

“Our shredder will process a range of applications, including metals, large domestic appliances, wood, bulky waste, and more! Plus, there’ll be the chance to put your questions live to our on-site shredding experts on the day – however technical the query.”

“And that’s not all,” continued Marcus. “We’ll also have our globally-renowned RS four-shaft shredding technology on site, as well as the new PS1300 pallet shredder, the high throughput LRK plastic shredder, and the most compact machine in our range – the S25. We will work with customers to build real-time business cases for the technology on show, and our aftersales team will also be on hand to talk about the optimisation of these shredders, long into the future.”

Places for the showcase are limited, so pre-registration is essential. For further information, please visit untha.co.uk/events.

At-a-glance information:

Input materials – achieve a high-performance rough shred of:

  • Metals
  • WEEE
  • Bulky waste
  • Construction & Demolition (C&D) waste
  • Commercial & Industrial (C&I) waste
  • Waste wood
  • Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
  • Mattresses
  • Carpets
  • Baled and rolled goods

Outputs – guaranteeing a homogenous output material (90% <300mm), the ZR is ideal for:

  • Bulk volume reduction
  • Recycling
  • Metal separation
  • Alternative fuel production
  • Biomass

Associated Businesses

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