Spanish recycler expands equipment fleet
16 August 2023
Specialist recycling company Santos Jorge has expanded its equipment fleet, adding a mini track loader to help keep its recycling facilities clean.
The Spanish company, which every year processes around 100,000 tonnes of construction abrasives and both industrial and standard glass, needed a machine that could operate in the confined spaces of its facilities in Mollet del Vallés (Barcelona) and Montblanc (Tarragonat).
The company chose to invest in the Bobcat MT55 mini track loader, selecting the model for its overall lightness, manoeuvrability, its nominal load capacity of 254 kg, and importantly, for its compact size.
Antonio Hernandez, Purchasing and Logistics Manager at Santos Jorge, said: “We needed to clean all the way to the corners under the belts that transport the glass and for this a super compact machine was essential, since we are talking about areas that are not too wide, with columns, and where a normal loader cannot access due to its size.”
Santos Jorge’s new Bobcat MT55 mini track loader was delivered to the company just recently and is already being used for tasks on all the low and narrow corners of the recycling plant.
It is performing maintenance on roughly 600 sq m of operating space, and is operating alongside an existing Bobcat S450 loader, equipped with a sweeper attachment for other maintenance work in larger areas,
“Since we have been working with this Bobcat mini track loader, we no longer have to clean by hand with a shovel and brush, which has resulted in a comfortable, faster, more efficient and safer way of operating, and this also allows us to more easily keep cleaning and maintenance up-to-date, without accumulating glass debris,” said Antonio.
“With the bucket on the loader we also load the glass waste into containers and with a custom-made stacker, we clean corners that it is impossible to reach with any other machine as the cabs would get in the way.
“Basically this is the only model that allows us to access certain spaces in our facilities. And another noticeable advantage is that it is very easy to work with it.”
According to Bobcat, the clean-up and removal of material debris from around and under the plant systems that are being used to recycle it is a problem experienced by many in the construction and demolition waste, aggregates and industrial sectors.