Waste Handling Cranes and Equipment
A critical aspect of industry and manufacturing, waste management helps ensure the optimal safety, efficiency, and sanitation of various industrial processes; the team at American Crane and Equipment Corporation is proud to offer top-quality material handling solutions to facilitate this important work.
In addition to ash handling and wastewater management, we supply cranes and hoist systems specifically designed to accommodate industrial waste, landfill needs, and municipal solid waste (MSW) management.
What is Waste Management?
Whether it comes from homes, schools, hospitals, restaurants, or manufacturing facilities, humans generate waste every day. From grass clippings and packaging to food scraps and wood ash, Americans generated 254 million tons of trash in 2013. While roughly 87 million tons of this material was recycled and composted, the remainder required processing through energy recovery, carefully managed landfills, and local transfer stations.
MSW is primarily composed of organic materials like paper and paperboard, food waste, and plant and yard trimmings. In addition to MSW, debris from the construction, demolition, and building industries must also be professionally handled in order to protect the environment and conserve natural resources.
Processing Municipal, Energy, and Nuclear Waste
The success of day-to-day consumer waste management depends upon transfer stations — hubs for collecting, unloading, and temporarily holding MSW. From these locations, waste material is sorted and transported to treatment, disposal, or landfill facilities. Some of the most common waste management processes include:
- Bulk Storage: In landfills and other facilities, some waste is transported to carefully engineered areas, where it is placed into the ground (landfills) or processed further and placed into storage. Cranes are used to transport materials, place it into storage facilities or systems, create necessary material blends, and help feed output processes.
- Refuse Incineration or Energy Recovery: In some cases, non-recyclable waste materials can be converted into useable heat, fuel, or electricity via incineration or other processing. Cranes are necessary to help blend the refuse, feed furnaces and processing lines, clear receiving pits, and remove specified material for the flow of production.
- Wood Fired Cogeneration Power Stations: Used specifically for energy recovery, these plants utilize cranes to help empty receiving pits, manage storage pit and inventory supply, and feed material to furnaces for incineration. Through these processes, new energy is generated from existing waste.
Specialized transfer facilities are particularly harsh environments for equipment use, so waste management and waste-to-energy and biomass cranes must be designed for both toughness and versatility. Popular models — including overhead, bridge, and gantry cranes — allow for either manual or automated operation.
Overhead models, available in both single and multiple girder models, offer maximum space utilization and versatility. Gantry cranes, available in CMAA duty classes A through F, perform at the highest level to meet stringent quality standards and harsh environmental demands.
Solid Waste Handling Cranes and Equipment at American Crane
With over 45 years of material handling experience, the team at American Crane is proud to offer specialty solutions for the waste management industry. To meet your specific needs, we can provide a wide range of automated waste cranes, critical lift equipment, and hoist systems outfitted to handle ash, slag, and sludge, among other materials.
To learn more about our waste management work and other custom lifting solutions, or to discuss how we can help with your next project, contact us today.