The grape harvest is not over yet … take advantage of the posts as well!
9 August 2017
For the agricultural sector, seasonality is a very important variable. With MB Crusher, every moment of the year can be the ideal occasion for reducing waste and increasing earnings.
Used to support new plants in the cultivation of fruit, and in vineyards, reinforced concrete posts are a useful and practical instrument for farms. However, they become a problem during harvesting, when the plantations have to be substituted or moved to a different area of land.
The removal of crops is a complex operation, which often becomes expensive for farms as it produces a large quantity of refuse, both organic as well as that deriving from the cement posts. In particular, old cement posts are considered as special refuse and their disposal is subject to elevated costs and complex bureaucracy, as it needs to be carried out in a manner which is environmentally sustainable and compatible with local regulations.
So how can they be disposed of in a sustainable and profitable manner? With the aim of testing their range of machinery in various areas of application, MB Crusher had its crusher buckets tested by a number of farmers from the Veneto region during this delicate phase of special maintenance carried out on the vineyards.
The MB Crusher buckets, thanks to the particular structure of the crusher mouth, had already been successfully used for the crushing and disposal of railway sleepers and the reduction in volume of lamp posts, very resistant, bulky and voluminous waste material; why not test them on reinforced cement posts from vineyards and orchards?
But how would the crusher buckets perform with posts reinforced with prestressed steel?
Would the characteristic steel “curling” have blocked crushing operations once freed from the cement?
All it took was a few minutes of work to understand that the recycling of posts could be sustainable and profitable, as well as in line with regulations which govern the sector. The use of a traditional crusher - either fixed or mobile - would have been impossible, considering that the prestressed steel - just as with the sleepers or the lamp posts - would have definitely damaged the rubber conveyor belt on the crusher, causing probable breakdowns and an increase in costs.
Since then, MB Crusher products have also become a permanent feature amongst the machinery used in the agricultural and vinicultural sectors. The range has been expanded and over time working methods have been refined, with the combined use of various machines: The Grapples allow the posts to be collected in bundles, in order that the successive phases can be easily handled, while the crusher buckets - fitted directly to the excavator present on site - proceed with the reduction in volume of the cement.
Fitted with an exclusive patented iron separator, MB crusher buckets allow the iron to be freed from the cement, which can be reused for other on-site applications. The cement posts, just like old railway sleepers or lamp posts, are no longer simply refuse which needs to be disposed of; they become material to be re-used for new applications, or re-sold. The precision of the production in fact allows for the preparation and sorting of material into even-sized pieces, giving new life to materials which were previously considered as waste only.
Source: MB S.p.A.