Scholz Recycling GmbH & Co. KG, Espenhain, Germany, has added a pedestal-mounted Sennebogen 8130 EQ material handler, which helps to keep it among one of the largest and most productive scrap yards in all of Europe. The company’s Espenhain yard handles approximately 40,000 metric tons per month.
The 8130 EQ leverages a balance principle that, when combined with the machine’s electric drive, can save up to 75 percent in operating costs compared with traditional material handlers of similar size.
To achieve moving 80 to 100 metric tons per hour, the machine is powered by a 175-horsepower (130-kilowatt) electric motor.
Although already familiar with the equilibrium principle, Scholz Recycling officials admit they required additional reassurance before purchasing such a large-scale machine as the Sennebogen 8130 EQ, which features an 89-foot (27-meter) boom equipped with an orange peel grapple.
“Sennebogen finally convinced us with an overall concept,” says Mike Sommer, site manager. “The decision was based on a detailed competitor analysis, visits to customers in Germany and Turkey and finally a visit to the Sennebogen production facility in Straubing, Germany.”
He adds, “The sturdy design, a quick operating speed, high range, as well as good energy balance, were all important factors.”
Working in a three-shift operation, the 8130 EQ loads 20,000 metric tons of scrap per month into a large stationary shear that serves as the centerpiece of the Scholz Recycling process. In spite of the high work demands, the comfort of the machine is second to none, according to the company’s operators.
Operator Michael Chiemelski says, “Thanks to the electric motor, this machine has low vibrations and does not require a fuel stop. Additionally, the service intervals are longer than those of diesel machines. In short, the machine is simply more reliable to run and I am able to fully focus on my work.”
Operators’ view of the work area from the cab is enhanced by the onboard cameras and comprehensive LED lighting system package, notes Sommer.
Sennebogen has been a leading name in the global material handling industry for more than 65 years. Based in Stanley, North Carolina, Sennebogen LLC offers a complete range of purpose-built machines to suit various material handling applications. Established in America in 2000, Sennebogen LLC is a subsidiary of Sennebogen, based in Straubing.