Düsseldorf, Germany — Flexibility is a key for Vecoplan AG and the company's new line of shredders.
The Bad Marienberg, Germany-based equipment maker sees the Vecoplan Infinity line as a way to help plastics recyclers undertake the increasing challenges they are facing in today's world.
With a new design, the Infinity series aims to make matters such as maintenance, cleaning and blade changes easier than ever before, company officials said during a booth presentation at K 2019 in Düsseldorf.
Vecoplan has rethought its approach to shredder design with the new Infinity line, allowing for easier access to internal portions of the machine.
This allows workers to more easily access areas during maintenance and cleaning.
Changes to the rotor design now allow the use of bolted on plates with variable cutting tip sizes that allow for easier change over. No longer does the entire rotor have to be removed when there is a need to change.
"Users only have to exchange the plates to quickly adapt the cutting geometry to different output grain sizes. The rotor remains in the machine," the company said.
Building additional flexibility into the machine means that users now can view the Vecoplan Infinity line as what the company calls a "universal solution" for different types of materials.
Another change from previous models also involves the expansion of the working chamber to allow for baled material to be fed directly into the machinery starting with the 1300 model and higher.
"In a comparable Vecoplan model range this is possible with sizes 1700 and higher," the company said, due to working chamber restrictions.
When asked about how long Vecoplan has been working on the new Infinity line unveiled in Düsseldorf, CEO Werner Berens said it's been about a year. But he also wanted to talk about the philosophy behind the decision to create the new line of shredders.
Continuous improvement is an important approach for the company, which is always looking to invest in research and development to continue serving the plastics recycling industry, he said.