Genesis shears help break down scrap steel

Eisen Braun, a scrap metal business in the German town of Memmingen, Bavaria, is using scrap shears from Genesis – an NPK company and a leading manufacturer of hydraulic attachments for demolition and recycling – on a 29 t crawler excavator ensure rapid processing of the materials during pre-processing and post-processing of scrap steel elements.

Genesis GXT445 scrap shear Genesis XT 445 R scrap shears accelerate material throughput at Eisen Braun in Memmingen, Germany. (Photo: Genesis)

In addition to three new handling machines, a pair of Genesis XT 445R scrap shears on a 29 t excavator have featured in the company’s inventory since June 2022.

The shears were equipped with an oil return filter to protect the hydraulic system against contamination. In addition to pre-sorting the delivered materials, the excavator and scrap shears pre-cut heavy scrap items for further processing or cut large steel elements to the correct size for rail transport to the electric steelworks.

At a further station, heavy steel beams are also cut with the Genesis XT for shipping to the casting plant.

“We had already used Geneis GXP scrap shears before, which reduced the consumption of gas and oxygen during torch cutting to a minimum,” said industrial engineer Simon Braun, managing director of the family-run company.

“By investing in another Genesis scrap shears unit, we are decreasing the emissions generated by torch cutting on site and have also achieved a further significant reduction in the costs for cutting steel elements. This is also important considering the current extreme increase in gas prices.

“Our machine operator further increases the utilisation of the carrier machine by also using the excavator and shears for targeted sorting of the material to accelerate the flow of materials.

“The combination of crawler excavator and shears also allows us to turn up on site at industrial customers and carry out work such as demolishing steel structures and buildings, which is often too dangerous and time consuming at a customer site with the torch cutter.”

“At our future site, we will not be able to completely avoid torch cutting, but the scrap shears have already reduced this process to a minimum today. That is good not only for the environment, but also for the safety of our employees.”

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