Sun Services recently purchased a new Sennebogen 818 materials handler from Midlantic Equipment for its Sun Recycling operation serving the Beltway region of Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC.
It was the third 818 the firm had purchased over a 14-month period, and the firm required a tough machine to work a building that moves up to 800t of construction and demolition debris every day.
The facility, first opened in 2013, started with a conventional fleet of wheel loaders and excavators. Looking for alternatives to load its new shredder, Sun Services partners Brian Shipp and Andrew Springer looked to consider replacing the excavator with material handlers.
“We wanted an elevating cab,” said Shipp. “And we needed rotation in the grab in order to pick out material that should not go into the shredder.” But a materials handler that could live in the recyclers’ extreme environment remained a top priority.
The Sun Recycling facility has a goal of sending no material to a landfill. Today, the facility receives 125 to 200 truckloads of waste material every day, six days a week. They deploy dumpsters and roll-off trucks throughout the DC region. Loads of construction and demolition debris, asphalt, dirt, metals, drywall, wood, carpeting, furniture and other waste materials are all dropped on the facility’s tipping floor, before the 818s go to work.
Employing about 50 workers and drivers, the whole operation takes place under a roof, in a fully enclosed building. Metals and concrete are sold into recycling markets. The residual stream goes to a nearby energy-from-waste producer.
Cycle times are critical. “We cannot be down,” said Shipp. “We only have 250 yards of metal storage in three bunkers, and another two bunkers for concrete. However, we do not have the capacity to store our residual material stream. We have to truck material out immediately. We watch those numbers pretty closely day-to-day, to make sure we are moving out at least as much as we are bringing in.”
Finding the right machine to feed the shredder non-stop in a harsh environment turned out to be a simple search, according to Shipp and Springer. “We needed an additional machine, and our territory representative at Midlantic, Shane Pinzka, was able to demonstrate an 818 quickly,” said Shipp.
The need to move product efficiently into the trailers led to Sun Services’ purchase of the second 818 M. “We made some changes to the building to improve our load out,” Shipp explained. “We had been using our wheel loaders, but we realized that another 818 would be the best fit for that end of the operation.”
With the 818’s serial elevating cab, operators are able to see into the trailer as they place the materials, so they can fill holes and finish the load quickly. According to Springer, the operators are also pleased with the new machines because the cab offers enough space and is a comfortable place to work.
The latest addition to Shipp and Springer’s Sennebogen fleet is identical to the first two machines. “Their downtime for general maintenance and blowing out the machine because of over-heating has come to a minimum,” said Shipp. “We used to have to do that all the time. These 818s have been a great addition to our fleet.”