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Eldan, Black Ram partner for custom shredder

Collaboration with Eldan Recycling has proven key for Black-Ram Recycling’s search for a custom shredder.

Established in 2005, Black-Ram Recycling was born out of a need for waste collection.

The company initially processed tyres for land engineering purposes, including drainage applications and roadways. But the waste collector and processor, based in Somerset, England had the vision to be financially and environmentally responsible. It’s now on a mission to deliver zero-waste tyre recycling within the UK.

Since 2015, Black Ram has been focused on material and energy recovery, including recycling whole passenger car tyres for use in alternative fuel and feedstock markets.

New objective

In 2014, Black Ram was at a crossroads. The tyre recycling industry was changing, and the Black-Ram leadership team was considering moving away from construction towards material and energy recovery.

Aware that the change in direction would require specialized tyre shredder equipment, Black-Ram researched what machinery would be needed to process waste tyres to a specification that would open up the most opportunities.

It also hoped to separate and recycle steel from the tyres, prompting the need for heavy-duty equipment.

By 2015, the Black Ram team had started researching what machines were on the market to chop and process tyres for alternative fuel and feedstock use.

It discovered that ELDAN had tyre shredder equipment that would allow it to separate steel from the tyres and produce tyre chips for various further applications.

When the Black Ram team took a tour of ELDAN’s Denmark factory it was impressed with what it saw.

Strategy in place

In 2015, negotiations began between Black Ram and ELDAN to provide a tyre shredder that would turn whole passenger car tyres into rubber chips for alternative fuels and feedstock.

ELDAN recommended and delivered a hydraulic Multi-Purpose Rasper MPR203 HD in 2016. The ELDAN team, in conjunction with Black-Ram engineers, oversaw the installation and provided online equipment monitoring assistance to ensure prompt problem resolution.

After the initial installation, the teams realized modifications would be necessary to achieve the desired product.

A new knife system was designed and tested on-site in collaboration with ELDAN’s research and development department.

With the modifications in place, Black Ram began to see the realization of its new direction and could transform passenger car tyres into rubber chips.

The team determined that greater capacity was needed and ELDAN recommended the installation of a Super Chopper in front of the Multi-Purpose Rasper, which increased the capacity two to threefold.

“One reason we chose ELDAN was their lead time on parts. In this industry it’s critical to minimize downtime,” says Henry Hodge, Owner, of Black Ram.

“I would absolutely recommend ELDAN. You get what you pay for. We’ve tried other suppliers for parts, but we keep returning to ELDAN.”

The outcome

The Black Ram team achieved its goal of creating high volumes of quality clean-cut rubber chips. The effort proved to be such a success that after the addition of the first Super Chopper SC1412 FD150 in 2020, Black-Ram added a complete tyre chip line with a Super Chopper and a Multi-Purpose Rasper in 2021.

Using the customized tyre shredder equipment, Black Ram was able to reach its goals regarding capacity, steel wire recovery, output size, and flexibility.

To date, Black Ram has installed four ELDAN tyre shredders, allowing the company to increase local employment and expand the geographic footprint of the business. It currently services more than 1250 garages in the southwest and has plans to continue expanding.

The Black Ram team continues to rely on ELDAN for reliable parts and online monitoring assistance and is pleased with the relationships they have built with the ELDAN team.

More information, www.eldan-recycling.com

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