UNTHA UK has revealed its new-look shredder test centre, following a three-month refurbishment and considerable investment in the facility.
The trial department has long been a popular feature at the shredding specialist’s North Yorkshire headquarters – prospective clients from throughout the country regularly visit the site to put UNTHA’s machines through their paces with their own materials.
But as the company’s engineering innovations have evolved, so too have the opportunities to try the technology first-hand.
The test centre therefore now hosts several machines from UNTHA’s 16-strong shredder range, including an RS100 four shaft shredder for bulky and/or large volumes of metals, WEEE and confidential waste; a smaller RS40 particularly popular for product destruction and light WEEE; and the new QR for plastics, production waste, pallets and light volume wood biomass.
The XR mobil-e for multiple alternative fuel production applications, is also on-site when not being used on the team’s trials roadshow.
Ceiling and on-machine cameras have been installed so that visitors can see the shredding process, in detail, from the safety of UNTHA UK’s first floor boardroom. A window that runs the full length of the room also provides an excellent vantage point.
“It’s one thing talking about the capabilities of our shredders,” said UNTHA UK’s managing director Marcus Brew. “But we all know seeing is believing.
“Whether we’re helping a large waste specialist install a complete SRF production system, or a start-up design a simple WEEE processing line, we’re talking a significant investment, relative to the size and structure of their business.
“We therefore want them to have complete peace of mind in the kit they’re procuring. We’re confident in what our machines can do, so we invite operators in to try them for themselves. This transparency has been very well received to date.”
The refurbishment programme has also seen the test centre experience an extensive ‘spring clean’. The floor has been painted with goods-in and -out bays now clearly marked. Energy-efficient LED lights illuminate the length of the 1000sq m facility, and a new curtain wall has also been installed to section off the engineers’ workshop and parts storage area.
“Even the aesthetic elements of our test centre refurb are important,” added Marcus. “We’re proud of our brand and this facility exemplifies much of what it stands for – quality, professionalism, excellence and collaboration.
“We’re working with some of the most prestigious organisations in the industry, so we want to project the right image when they visit us.”