Scrap metal INDUSTRY – scrap aluminum

A large scrap metal processing business has increased profitability by hundreds of thousands of dollars per year by importing and handling containerized scrap metal.

Our challenge

This Scrap Metal Company challenged A-Ward to design and build a container unloader to easily unload scrap metal out of containers with the least amount of labor as possible. A-Ward was able to design a system that requires only one worker to finish the entire unloading process of a full shipping container of scrap metal. The company ended up saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in labor costs.

What we did

A-Ward designed and built a highly-customized Flat Deck container unloader which hydraulically lifts the container up 1.2m and forward 2m at the same time. This system provides enough room for the operator to safely walk between the container doors and material distribution box. The container doors are manually unlatched when in the low horizontal position and then the PLC system kicks in to control the raising and tilting. The container unloader also has a series of 9 Allen Bradley safety switches integrated to ensure total control and safety whilst being operated via the PLC. This unique design provides an extremely stable base for tilting the containers.

Outcomes

The Scrap Metal Business has increased profitability by hundreds of thousands of dollars per year by importing and handling containerized scrap metal directly.