Swiss demolition and recycling company Humi is using a Sennebogen 821 electric material handler for the preliminary sorting of recycling materials.

Hurni subsidiary Remo Recycling, based in Bienne, is a waste disposal specialist that takes care of the ecological recycling and disposal of construction waste.

In June 2015, sales and service partner Kuhn Schweiz delivered the Sennebogen product. Driven by a 90 kW electric motor, the material handler performs preliminary sorting and loading of the incoming materials. For this purpose, the machine was placed on a ramp and can be variably moved using a crawler travelling gear.

“Due to the proximity of existing housing developments, a main focus of our procurement criteria was on minimising noise pollution and avoiding emissions,” said operations manager Heinz Gstrein.

“This is optimally achieved by the environmentally friendly electric motor. The machine work much more quiety and, the electric solution also reduced the operating costs by around 70%.”

Ideally, the operator and machine are a unit, and great emphasis was therefore placed on this when equipping the machine. With a 2.7 m (almost 9 ft) elevating Maxcab industrial cab, together with armoured glass panes and the inclined windshield, the operator has an optimum overview of the work area during sorting.

The machine itself has an 11 m (36 ft) long piece of equipment with a sorting grab and can be flexibly supplied with current via a trailing cable.

Thanks to the electric drive, the operating costs were considerably reduced in comparison to conventional diesel machines, while the service life and maintenance intervals of components were increased.

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