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CP Manufacturing celebrates 40 years of excellence in the recycling industry

 

CP 40th Anni imageCP Manufacturing, headquartered in San Diego, CA is proud to celebrate 40 years of supplying equipment and processing solutions to the recycling industry.

 

“At CP Manufacturing, we’ve always been driven by the simple goal of providing high-performance recycling machinery that last,” says Bob Davis, second generation and owner of CP Manufacturing. “For 40 years, CP has been a pioneer in the recycling industry, and we will continue to drive the industry forward for the next 40.”

 

CP Manufacturing, a family-owned business, was born out of the scrap metals industry. CP’s sister company, IMS Recycling, was founded in 1954 by Charles M. Davis who invented the world’s first aluminum can flattener in the early 1970’s. Later, the CP2000 Can Flattener revolutionized the scrap industry and helped pioneer the era of recycling.

 

After the aluminum can had become a common beverage container, CP Manufacturing was formed in 1977 in response to the growing demand for aluminum flatteners and densifiers. Since then, the company has developed dozens of patents and expanded its equipment and solutions portfolio as recycling and waste handling evolved.

 

In the 1980’s and 1990’s, CP recognized that the trend was turning toward curbside recycling. As the United States and other countries worked to increase the effectiveness of recycling by making it easier for consumers to participate and more cost effective to implement, CP dedicated their research and development efforts to assist in this effort.

 

Since 2003, CP Manufacturing has acquired several other top recycling equipment manufacturers and solutions providers, including MSS, Inc., Krause Manufacturing, and Advanced MRF. This family of companies, known as CP Group, was founded to provide one-stop-shop turn-key recycling systems for a variety of recycling and waste diversion operations.

 

Today, CP is an award-winning, industry-recognized provider of some of the largest and most advanced material recovery facilities in operation. CP has built over 450 MRFs worldwide and continues to invest heavily in R&D and automation technology to stay ahead of the changing material streams. And true to its family roots, the company still offers the original can densor product lines.

 

“We are and always have been a family-owned and operated company,” says Ashley Davis, third-generation family-owner and Sales and Marketing Director of CP Group. “What sets us apart is that we treat our customers like family. Their success is our success. We’re with them for the long haul.”

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Waste Expo 2016

 

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Thanks to everyone who contributed in making our booth at Waste Expo 2016 the most exciting booth at the show!

Here are a few photos of our “MRF Booth” at the show.

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Photos of booth construction:

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Equipment Innovations Give a Big Boost to Plastics Recycling

 

(This article originally appeared in the April 2016 edition of Plastics EngineeringClick here to read the original article.)

EQUIPMENT INNOVATIONS GIVE A BIG BOOST TO PLASTICS RECYCLING

From technology upgrades to equipment that deals with mounting problems with incoming materials, equipment manufacturers are providing solutions to help plastics recycling grow

By Mike Verespej

plastics engineeringTwo MSS Cirrus® optical sorters, with scan rates of over 300,000 pixels per second (photo courtesy of MSS Inc.).

The growth in plastics recycling, the increased amount of contamination in bales, and the need for reclaimers to become more efficient to offset a tight pricing market are driving innovations in recycling equipment and technology. The innovations run the full spectrum of the recycling process from sorting, washing, cleaning, and drying to the production of the recycled flakes themselves.

But with bale quality being still the most vexing problem for recyclers, much of the focus of innovation has been on ways to improve the efficiency of sorting equipment and finding better ways to deal with the full-wrap shrink sleeves on PET bottles that make it difficult to identify the resin underneath.

“The technology is getting better on bottle sorting, infrared sorting, and flake sorting,” says Byron Geiger, president of Custom Polymers PET LLC, in Athens, Alabama. “You are getting better resolution on the optical cameras and better software on the electronics. “We are losing less PET in our sorting, so the new technologies are helping yields to some degree,” adds Geiger. “But overall, yields are down because bale quality has declined.”

As Geiger explains, a lot of the innovations that have emerged have been in response to “shrink-wrap labels and other non-friendly material and problematic bottles. So we end up spending more resources,” he says, to get the same amount of material out of bales.

It’s a dilemma that equipment manufacturers have made their top priority.

“The number-one thing customers are looking for us to do is to prevent the loss of good material,” says Felix Hottenstein, sales director for MSS Inc., the Nashville, Tennessee-based optical sorting division of CP Group. “That’s driving a number of new developments that help customers improve product quality and decrease the loss of good product.”

 

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Just this past December, MSS made improvements to both its Cirrus and L-Vis™ optical sorters, integrating the latest generation high-resolution cameras and infrared spectrometers. Both sorters also now have an optional illuminated reference, which allows the materials to be sorted in-flight over the illuminated reference instead of the traditional approach of detecting and sorting materials on a slide or conveyor belt. It also makes it possible to better adjust the color and light intensity for maximum contrast.

As a result, the company’s MSS Cirrus optical sorter, for example, now has scan rates of 345,600 pixels per second. Its other optical sorter, the L-Vis, is a high-resolution color sorter for small particles, based on camera identification technology.

As a result, the company’s MSS Cirrus optical sorter, for example, now has scan rates of 345,600 pixels per second. Its other optical sorter, the L-Vis, is a high-resolution color sorter for small particles, based on camera identification technology.

“The cameras are getting higher and higher resolution, so we can sort out smaller and smaller particles and get higher accuracy,” says Hottenstein. “The resolution is at least 36 times higher than what we used to have.” In addition, software improvements enable image processing that is “orders of magnitudes” faster than in the past, he adds.

 

 

 

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Lessons Learned Operating Las Vegas’ New Massive MRF

 

“Lessons Learned Operating Las Vegas’ New Massive MRF” was published as a feature article on April 15, 2016 on Waste360.com. Read the original article here: http://waste360.com/mrfs/lessons-learned-operating-las-vegas-new-massive-mrf

CP-Group---Las-Vegas---KD-18-for-webIt’s been five months since the opening of the 110,000-sq.-ft. Southern Nevada Recycling Center. The $35 million MRF is capable of processing two million pounds of recyclable material per day, or 70 tons per hour, and is expected to double recycling capacity in the area.

Overall, the facility has the capacity to process 265,000 tons on an annual basis. The facility features dual sorting lines, each with a capacity to process 35 tons per hour. The setup means that even if one line goes down, the other can keep running.

Although the center will largely process residential recycling, it also has the capability to process commercial and industrial streams and is designed to adapt as the composition of the recycling stream continues to evolve.

The setup at the Southern Nevada Recycling Center includes five optical sorters that use 2D and 3D technologies to make material separation decisions in milliseconds. The center’s recycling systems also provide operators with an automated, touch screen control system, as well as tablet-based capabilities that allow for real-time systems management and monitoring, data acquisition and remote access.

The capability to run the system off remote human machine interfaces (HMIs) is a change from how previous systems have been run. From tablets—on or off site—the facility’s managers have the ability to do things like re-set screens, adjust sorters and change the speeds of motors.

The MRF is owned by Republic Services Inc. CP Group designed and manufactured the equipment.

Waste360 spoke with a group of CP Group executives about the project and what they’ve learned so far in running the facility. The crew included President and CEO Terry Schneider; Vice President of Operations Mike Whitney; Lead System Engineer Patrick Nicol and Sales and Marketing Director Ashley Davis.

Waste360: The MRF has been up and running now for a few months. What have you learned in the early days of its implementation? What’s worked well? Where have there been challenges?

Nicol: The system is a powerhouse. Early on we had to bring in a bigger loader because the one we were using was not keeping up with the system. The portable touch screens are a hit. They allow plant managers to review and react to any event from anywhere in the plant.

In terms of challenges, we’ve faced no big hurdles. The system’s capabilities allow us to run one line at a time, which was really helpful during the first few weeks. The startup and training went smoothly, thanks in large part to Republic Services.

Waste360: How much material is currently being processed at the site per day?

Nicol: It’s receiving approximately 550 tons per day. That’s about twice the weight of the Statue of Liberty. It’s been tested to process 70 tons per hour. And we’re achieving that with the system.

Schneider: Republic continues to roll out new sectors of the City with automated recycling containers. The ultimate goal is to process 265,000 tons per year to handle the anticipated growth.

Waste360: How has operation gone with the dual sorting lines? What has that functionality meant for the facility’s operation so far?

Nicol: The dual line design gives Republic Services full flexibility in operating the facility. Each of the lines can handle both residential single stream and commercial single stream. That really helps with tip floor management. If you get a large volume of inbound commercial material, you can quickly change the processing to commercial single-stream on either line. Republic has complete flexibility to process residential or commercial material across either line.

Waste360: What’s the experience been using the HMI mobile tablets in running the system? How has that worked relative to what was done before?

Whitney: We’ve been using touch-screen HMI panels for some time. They allow operators to talk to the MRF. At the click of a button, the HMI can adjust the entire system based on a preprogramed recipe tailored for a specific environment.

The Vegas system has seven fixed HMI panels and two mobile HMI tablets. The HMI tablets allow operators to move freely throughout the facility, allowing them to control the plant from anywhere on site. This mobility also allows the operator to see the impact on the end product when an adjustment is completed. Since operators don’t need to go back and forth from the HMI to the machine to resolve issues, the HMI tablets save time.

Waste360: What other technology has CP Group used to help MRF operations?

Whitney: The CP OIS (Office Interface System) is a SCADA (System Controls and Data Acquisition) package that provides full diagnostic readouts on the system that can be accessed by any computer. You can see run times, system efficiency, uptime, downtime, power consumption, belt scale tonnage, historical trends, a detail log of system activity (e-stops, etc,), and just about any other data on the system. This is a breakthrough.

Basically, our OIS allows you to track anything that uses power. What’s more impressive is that our OIS dashboard is accessible from anywhere. Operators for the Las Vegas system can view full system metrics from any computer since the system is web-based. They can also view this data on any cell phone through the phone app we’ve developed. Our OIS literally puts the system in the palm of your hand. The Vegas system is the first in the country to have this level of technology.

This kind of access to vital information allows the operator in Vegas to identify issues quickly and make system adjustments, retrain employees, or apply preventive maintenance processes.

Nicol: A web accessible site allows management to remotely access daily dashboard reports.

Davis: We’ve really been able to streamline the system in terms of maximizing both single stream and commercial lines. Patrick worked with Republic Services to optimize their operation by bypassing certain equipment when processing commercial material, eliminating the need to run equipment that is not necessary. This is a vital component to the system’s efficiency and versatility. We’re proud of this design element and it is something we will be incorporating into our systems in the future.

Waste360: What lessons have been learned here that will be applied in installations elsewhere?

Whitney: Higher demand means facilities are going to be larger than before. The challenge is to minimize design and find improvements. We have around 200 electric motors that had to be wired. We will look at how to streamline the installation process of those.

Another lesson learned is how to be prepared to start a system like this and [coordinate] with our clients. We did this entire installation in 19 weeks. To put in this system in the short time we had is a huge accomplishment for the company and it’s something we will be able to build on when we install smaller systems. We will be able to do those in much shorter timeframes.

It’s also changed a lot of how we are building things out in our shop. We’re looking at more modular platforms and modular conveyers. We will be able to go through engineering much more quickly.

Waste360: What was your experience in working with Republic Services?

Nicol: The Las Vegas facility was a huge project for Republic and for us. We are very proud this project has gone so smoothly. We’ve had a longstanding partnership with Republic. We think they are a fantastic company and we look forward to partnering with them on many future projects. More immediately, we look forward to working with Republic in facilitating tours to showcase the Las Vegas MRF at Waste Expo this year.

Waste360: What’s in the future for CP Group?

Schneider: We’re continuing to design systems to be more flexible as material streams evolve. We’re committed to designing systems with maximum flexibility, allowing plants to adapt to the ever-changing material stream. The Las Vegas system is a great example of this.

In addition to equipment development, we’re continually improving the high-tech elements of our MRFs, like our OIS SCADA system, which gathers system information for use by operators, allowing them to access system-wide data in a user-friendly interface via both fixed and mobile panels.

Davis: We design systems to last because we see our customers as partners. Providing services and support for the life of all our systems is a part of that. We stand behind our customers to ensure their needs are met with the right equipment that will provide the best return on their investment over time as different market challenges arise and materials change.

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Dem-Con featured in Recycling Today, August 2014

 
The forward-thinking approach of Dem-Con Cos.’ management has allowed it to incorporate single-stream recycling into an already extensive integrated waste management campus in Minnesota.
Dem-Con selected the CP because the U.S.-based company rated highly in terms of customer service,
attention to details and value.
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3S International opens e-waste facility in IL

 

E-waste recycling firm, 3S International, has opened its first end-of-life electronics processing facility to recover rare earth elements in Illinois.

According to the company, the 8000 square foot (740 square metre) facility houses the only BLUBOX unit in the U.S. BLUBOX a proprietary technology that is claimed to reduce electronics into recyclable fragments and safely extract rare earth elements, including mercury.

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(Source: Waste Management World)

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Happy Earth Day from CP Group!

 

Celebrate Earth Day 2014 by recycling smarter.

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The Best Recycling Programs in the US & Around The World (INFOGRAPHIC)

 

 

Our recycling infographic compares recycling rates in the US and around the world. With the growing concern of expendable resources, interest in recycling equipment is at an all-time high. Our infographic tells a great story of recycling, beginning with countries with the best recycling rates. Then  you can explore the top 10 greenest US & Canadian cities and other eye opening facts. For example, did you know that every ton of recycled paper can save the equivalent of 165 gallons of gasoline? If you’re a student interested in pursuing a  sustainable college experience, there is also a list of the 10 greenest colleges in the US. Enjoy and share with your friends!

Recycling Programs– An Infographic to the Best Recycling Programs Around The World

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Finished Installation on Commercial MRF in CA

 

CP Group Commercial MRFCP and IPS finish installation on commercial MRF in California… and it is making some great bales!

 

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The CP Group travels to Atlanta

 

The CP Group travels to Atlanta, GA for the Plastics Recycling Conference this coming Monday-Wednesday, March 19-21. Our Optical Sorting division, MSS, will be there… Look for Felix!

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