Anvil Attachments, Slaughter, La., has released a completely self-contained, diesel-powered hydraulic scrap grapple that the company says is suited for material handling from ships and barges where hydraulics or electricity are not options.
Anvil says that its diesel hydraulic scrap grapple is completely self-contained and self-powered, and easily attaches to any crane that can support the weight. It is suited for handling a wide range of products including scrap, stone blocks, rip-rap and pig iron.
Jon Craft, president of Anvil Attachments, says, “Our goal was to get the design right the first time, that is why we spent over a year on design and development. Our engineers used our Finite-Element Analysis software to its full capabilities; this way we ensure that this grapple provides maximum strength and payload for the weight.
“Based off of our initial field test and customer feedback, we got it right. Our first unit sold was immediately thrown into the fire, moving foot-long pieces of pig iron, one of the toughest types of materials to handle, and our diesel grapple has worked with barely a glitch,” Craft adds.
Anvil's diesel hydraulic scrap grapple can be configured with either a turbo-charged air-cooled diesel engine or water-cooled diesel engine, depending on the environment. The engines range up to 150 horsepower. The grapple also has several engine access panels for easy access and maintenance.
The grapple tines are completely configurable to user and material handling preference with five tine options, from small-blade, to lower enclosed, up to full enclosed. The tines are modular and crafted using high strength alloy steel for maximum wear resistance and every tine is powered with a 5-inch cylinder. The cylinders are custom designed and feature inertia welded rod eyes for maximum strength.
Anvil notes that the grapple has an easy pin adapter that will connect to virtually any crane. Once connected, the grapple engine is started and opening and closing is all controlled through a simple remote control unit that works up to 500 feet away. Anvil says it is currently developing a smart phone app that will allow the monitoring of all vital engine statistics. The app is expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2013.
Anvil says it developed the diesel hydraulic scrap grapple to fill a need of bulk material handlers who needed a completely self-contained grapple where standard hydraulic or electro-hydraulic would not fit. Anvil's new grapple experiences no overheating issues, burns two-thirds less fuel, and has throttle control and a 50 gallon fuel tank with low level shutdown, according to the company.
In addition, Anvil currently has a diesel-powered clamshell bucket in production. This bucket will use many of the same concepts and parts as the grapple. They will share standard engines and hydraulics.
For more information on Anvil Attachments new grapple, visit http://www.anvilattachments.com/.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has awarded a $10.5 million debris removal contract to Custom Earth Recycling LLC of Bay Shore, N.Y. as part of the cleanup mission from Hurricane Sandy.
Custom Earth Recycling will be tasked to remove debris from right-of-way and from eligible private property, transport it off the island, and dispose of it in a safe and environmentally sound manner. An estimated 2,200 homes sustained some form of damage from Hurricane Sandy, which impacted the area in October. FEMA tasked the USACE to provide assistance with debris challenges on Fire Island as part of the response and recovery efforts for New York.
The new award comes after a protest was filed against the initial award of the contract. During its review of the procurement process, the Corps found that a technical evaluation panel was inconsistent in its application of advertised selection criteria. A new selection panel was convened to review the original proposals, resulting in the award of a new contract.
“This contract award represents another step forward in the cleanup of Fire Island,” says Lt. Col. John Knight, New York Recovery Field Office commander. “We recognize the debris continues to pose a significant health and safety threat. We are committed to safely removing the debris as quickly as we can.”
Custom Earth Recycling will also be tasked with separation and disposal of construction and demolition debris, segregation of “white goods” such as refrigerators and other appliances, disposal of e-waste such as TVs and computers, disposal of vegetative debris and sifting eligible sand.
The contract is considered a small business disaster area “set aside.” This is part of the federal government’s efforts to ensure qualified small businesses in the disaster area are given opportunities to obtain business from agencies executing missions, according to the USACE. All work is scheduled to be completed by the end of March.
Ferrous scrap recyclers in North America continued to operate in a “steady as she goes” market as the new calendar year started. Domestic mill demand is not booming but is in step with the lagging pace of supply. Export demand has remained consistent, with Turkish mills placing orders on the Atlantic Coast and South Korean buyers being cited as a steady presence by recyclers on the Pacific Coast.
Scrap generation offers a few bright spots, depending on the grade and region, though the construction and demolition sectors remain among the most beleaguered segments of the U.S. economy.
America’s oil and natural gas booms are keeping scrap orders strong at pipe foundries and tube mills and generation steady in oil fields. While traditional oil-producing states such as Texas and Oklahoma are home to new drill sites and are pumping out steady volumes of crude oil, North Dakota has emerged as the second-largest oil producer in the lower 48, behind only Texas.
Statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (www.eia.gov) show North Dakota has grown from producing 39.9 million barrels of oil in 2006 to 153 million in 2011, marking a 283 percent increase in production.
The state’s 2 percent unemployment rate is owed largely to this oil boom, which is credited to new extraction and recovery techniques and a floor price for petroleum that gave energy companies the confidence to invest there. The result in North Dakota has been not only the generation of oil field scrap but also one of the few booming housing and construction markets yielding healthy quantities of scrap.
Construction activity in most other states, however, remains in a mode of very slow recovery from the trough years of 2008 and 2009. Tepid optimism might best describe the construction employment forecast for the Arlington, Va.-based Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) industry trade group for 2013.
In an annual forecast released in mid-January, the group says, “Significantly more construction firms are planning to add new staff than plan to cut staff, while demand for many types of private sector construction projects should increase this year, according to survey results.”
The AGC (www.agc.org) titled the report accompanying its survey results “Tentative Signs of a Recovery: The 2013 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook.”
“While the outlook for the construction industry appears to be heading in the right direction for 2013, many firms are still grappling with significant economic headwinds,” says Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s CEO. “With luck and a lot of work, the hard-hit construction industry should be larger, healthier, more technologically savvy and more profitable by the end of 2013 than it is today.”
Contractors appear increasingly optimistic that demand for certain private sector projects will expand this year, according to Sandherr. Firms are most optimistic about the outlook for hospital and higher education construction, he adds. Contractors also signaled optimism about the markets for power construction. On the other hand, they had lower expectations for manufacturing, private office and retail, warehouse and hotel construction.
Contractors also anticipate that demand for public construction will decline in 2013, with the AGC noting that 40 percent of responding firms say tighter lending conditions have forced customers to delay or to cancel such projects.
“Unfortunately, there are almost as many causes for concern as there are signs of optimism,” says Ken Simonson, AGC chief economist.
One scrap broker contacted says he sees little reason for his company to budget for increased ferrous scrap flows in 2013. He cites increased shredder competition and the lukewarm construction market as the main reasons.
For shredder operators, the automotive market offers better news, with research firm R.L. Polk & Co., Southfield, Mich., forecasting between 15.3 million and 15.4 million new vehicle registrations in the United States in 2013. That is an improvement compared with the 14.4 million new vehicles registered in 2012.
A January write-up in the Wall Street Journal indicates that “barring a slowdown in the U.S. economy, new vehicle sales are expected to surpass the 16 million mark in 2014. The last time the U.S. auto industry sold 16 million vehicles was in 2007.”
On the demand side, domestic mills are operating at a capacity utilization rate of 75.9 percent, according to the American Iron & Steel Institute, Washington, D.C., which is down from the 77.6 percent rate at which they were operating in the second week of January 2012.
Steinert US, Walton, Ky., a supplier of separation equipment for the scrap, waste, recycling and mining markets, has announced the retirement of Dennis Ciccotelli.
Ciccotelli, the company’s scrap market vice president, has worked with Steinert since the German company formed a subsidiary in the United States. He has worked for close to 50 years in the recycling industry. He will officially retire on May 31, 2013.
During Ciccotelli’s tenure with Steinert, the company grew from a resale entity with three employees to a full service corporation with more than 30 employees, according to a Steinert news release.
“For many of our customers Steinert US is Dennis Ciccotelli,” says Steinert US President Jason Looman. “He has been a great leader, innovator, friend and mentor to many in the industry. Dennis’ dedication to Steinert and the industry is unparalleled and deserves our greatest of thanks.”
“From the very beginning Dennis supported Steinert’s development in the North American market,” says Marcus Heinrich, CEO of Steinert GmbH. “Over the years he helped to develop the understanding within the Steinert Group that the business is not only about one specific technology, but about the best possible solution for our customers. Developing concepts for our clients, together with the application specialist around the world, became his strength. We thank Dennis for his outstanding achievements and fantastic support and we wish him all the best in his retirement.”