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May 12, 2015

Kinshofer acquires Auger Torque Group

Kinshofer GmbH, a Waakirchen, Germany-based manufacturer of attachments for truck-mounted cranes and excavators has acquired Auger Torque Europe Ltd., headquartered in the United Kingdom, which includes both Auger Torque Europe Ltd. and Auger Australia Pty Ltd.

Auger Torque Ltd., established in 1998, is focused on developing and marketing tools and equipment that make carriers such as loader cranes, excavators and skid steer loaders more effective and versatile.

The company’s products target small and midsized contracting businesses seeking high utilization of its machinery, according to Auger.

Auger Torque opened a new factory in China in 2014, which the company says increased its capacity for further growth. Its strategic location, combined with regional manufacturing and technical facilities, supports customers around the globe, according to Kinshofer.

The acquisition of Auger Torque benefits the Kinshofer in two ways. First, it adds new product segments—earth drills, trenchers and other skid steer loader attachments—to its offerings; and second, it opens an additional distribution channel for Kinshofer’s equipment in the United States, U.K., Australia, and China.

 

General Kinematics appoints new president

General Kinematics (GK), based in Crystal Lake, Illinois, a manufacturer of custom-engineered vibratory process equipment, has announced the promotion of Thomas P. Musschoot to president of the company.

Musschoot succeeds William Acton, who will remain with the company as a member of the board of directors.

Musschoot holds a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and an MBA from Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri.

Since starting with the company in 1999, he has held various positions in marketing, production and sales. Most recently, Musschoot served as vice president of North American sales.

Paul Musschoot, GK chairman and CEO, says, “I am very proud and honored that Tom has accepted the role as president. I know we can count on Tom’s leadership to continue General Kinematics’ commitment to provide quality products and superior service to our customers just as our founder Albert Musschoot had intended.”

 

Bandit offers new options for horizontal grinders

Bandit Industries, Remus, Michigan, has introduced new options for its Beast XP Series recyclers that it says will allow the equipment to efficiently load both open-top and end-loading trailers. The new discharge conveyor option for Beast recyclers provides a 30-foot-discharge conveyor and a thrower, according to Bandit.

According to Bandit, the 30-foot conveyor acts like a standard discharge on the Beast — providing a tall platform to pile mulch, chips and other materials, or load them in open-top trucks. With the thrower, operators can broadcast the end product across a job site or load open-end trailers quickly and efficiently, according to the company.

“This is a unique option. No one in the industry has such a device,” says Bandit Industries President Jerry Morey. “The switch from discharge conveyor to the thrower is quick, taking less than a minute. The 30-foot-discharge conveyor is a two-section discharge. When the thrower is operated, the end section of the discharge folds up over the top of the first conveyor and out of the way. The thrower is then hydraulically tilted into position. When the thrower is in place, material is top loaded into the thrower and discharged at tremendous velocity.”

When in use, the thrower is adjustable up and down and can swivel side to side to direct the flow of material to fully load chip trailers, Bandit says.

“We are always looking for ways to improve our Beast recyclers and all of our products to increase their productivity and utility to our customers,” Morey says. “We listen to our customers and their needs and design products or improvements to meet those needs. With all of the improvements that we’ve made in the Beast recycler in the last 18 months, we believe it to be the best grinder on the market.”

The company announced in September 2014 new options for its Beast XP Series recyclers that would allow the equipment to process coastal vegetation, viney material and other dense, stringy green waste like palms and vines. Bandit’s Model 2680XP, 3680XP and 4680XP Beast horizontal grinders were equipped with new designs, including a system with a 30-tooth setup and 2-inch-wide teeth.

More information about the Beast XP Series recyclers is available at www.banditchippers.com.

 

Eriez offers new product guide for metal separation

Equipment supplier Eriez, based in Erie, Pennsylvania, has published its “Metal Separation Product Selection Guide.” The eight-page brochure is available online for immediate download and also is offered in hard copy format. This literature features Eriez’s full line of magnetic separators and metal detectors.

The Eriez guide is divided into 12 equipment categories: metal recycling separators, tube magnets, permanent grate magnets, liquid line magnetic trap separators, permanent plate magnets, metal detection systems, drum separators, pulley separators, suspended magnetic separators, dry mineral processing equipment, wet mineral processing equipment and ball mill separators. Eriez says the format is designed to let readers quickly identify the right solutions for their unique metal separation challenges.

Sections highlight each product available in the associated equipment category. Overviews describe each product’s features and benefits as well as typical applications. The brochure also spotlights Eriez’s ProGrade and EriezXpress Programs, which the company says are designed to help processors save time and reduce costs.

Eriez says items in the ProGrade line—such as standard magnetic plates, grates, traps and tubes as well as sight glass magnets—are in stock and available for quick shipping requirements.

Through the EriezXpress Program, the company says some of its most popular material handling and contamination control products are available for next-day shipment to customers with approved credit.

Those seeking information about Eriez’s ProGrade line can visit http://prograde.eriez.com. More information on EriezXpress can be found at www.eriez.com/Products/EriezXpress.

Online users can download Eriez’s “Metal Separation Product Selection Guide” in PDF format at www.eriez.com/Products/Index/Magneticseparators. Hard copies can be obtained by contacting Eriez and requesting brochure SB-101.

 

W.S. Tyler changes name in Canada, adds to equipment line

Screening equipment company W.S. Tyler has announced an expansion of its equipment line and a name change to that of its parent company, Haver & Boecker at is locations in Canada, which include St. Catharines, Ontario; Edmonton, Alberta; Chilliwack, British Columbia; and Gilbert, Manitoba. The U.S.-based W.S. Tyler, located in Mentor, Ohio, will keep its name.

The company says its broader scope “allows customers the opportunity to partner with a single company for solutions for their varied needs, including processing, palletizing, loading, storage, packing, mixing and filling.”

Haver & Boecker has long had a presence in North America through the W.S. Tyler brand of processing technology in the mining, aggregate and industrial mineral industries. Haver technology also extends to the cement, chemical, building materials and food industries worldwide. Its equipment line includes washing, screening and pelletizing products under the W.S. Tyler brand as well as packing, filling, palletizing, loading and storage technologies under brands that include Haver & Boecker, Behn + Bates, Feige, IBAU Hamburg and NEWTEC.

“Offering our customers the very best technology to enhance productivity and profitably has been our core focus since 1872, and will continue to be our focus well into the future,” says Karen Thompson, W.S. Tyler’s president.

Thompson says customers will benefit from working with a company that offers processing equipment as well as technologies to pack, store, fill, palletize and load products, all under one roof. The company’s website at www.havercanada.com now reflects its new name as well as its additional product offerings.

 

Genesis makes appointments

Genesis Attachments, Superior, Wisconsin, has hired Jeff Adams as vice president and general manager.

Previously with Waukesha Bearings/Dover Corp. for 10 years, Adams progressed through senior level roles in finance, operations and general management. He most recently served as vice president and general manager of the Engineered Fluid Film Bearings business unit, achieving significant revenue and earnings growth, according to a Genesis news release.

Adams brings nearly 30 years of experience to Genesis, including financial leadership roles at Rexnord Corp. and other companies.

He holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The company also has announced the promotion of Justin Palvere to national account manager, demolition.

In this newly formed role, Palvere, previously the Genesis Southeast regional manager, will develop, manage and maintain programs and services designed to meet the needs of demolition contractors.

“Genesis has a broad range of attachments that help contractors complete projects on time and budget,” says Shane Kuhlmey, Genesis director of North American sales. “Appointing Justin to this position reinforces our commitment to the industry.”

Palvere will also continue in his regional manager role until a successor is named.

Genesis Attachments designs and manufactures shears, grapples, concrete processors and specialty attachments for the scrap processing, demolition, material handling and offshore decommissioning industries. For more information, visit www.genesisattachments.com.

 

Metso mobile preshredders are designed for easy transport

Finland-based Metso Recycling has launched the new EtaPreShred 4000 Mobile, which the company says makes it easier to process all kinds of materials in almost any location. The mobile units are now available in a new crawler version and have been designed to deliver improved performance and increased efficiency.

Henning Lindbjerg, vice president of waste recycling at Metso, explains, “The new, improved mobile units can be moved during operation and are easier to load and transport than their predecessors. They feature all the robustness and strength you’d expect from a Metso preshredder with the added benefits of being easier to operate, more efficient to run and easier to service, all of which helps to reduce running costs.”

Metso Recycling says its shredding technology is based on an aggressive knife design and open cutting table to provide outstanding performance when dealing with mixed and challenging materials. These key features make Metso EtaPreShred units resistant to wear caused by materials normally considered nonshreddable, including solid steel, reinforced concrete and rocks, the company says.

Metso says its new crawler version allows for on-site mobility. The total height of the new crawler unit is 1.6 feet (0.5 meters) lower, making it easier and cheaper to transport. The lower height also makes it easier to load the machine, as a smaller loader can operate it. The new crawler version can be moved using a remote control during operation.

The new Cat C15, 402-kilowatt power pack on the EtaPreShred 4000 Mobile benefits from a longer service interval, increasing the time between servicing from 250 hours to 500 hours, representing a significant saving on service costs over the unit’s lifetime, according to the company.

The new mobile units also include other changes that help aid servicing the machine.

More information is available at www.metso.com/recycling.

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