Depending on the size and operating capacity of the incinerator plant we can offer a range of loading options designed to match the practical and regulatory requirements. These options vary from simple manual loading to the most technically advanced automatic loading facilities incorporating powerful hydraulically operated ram loaders, crushers and conveyors. Where the incineration process involves the disposal of liquid and semi-liquid substances such as oils and fats we have developed specialist technology to automatically process these difficult to handle wastes both effortlessly and efficiently.
It is accepted that an incinerator having a capacity up to 200kg/hour can be manually loaded. Any capacity over this level however, is viewed as being physically demanding as well as environmentally inefficient. Incinerators with a capacity of over 200kg/hour should therefore be considered only suitable for automatic loading and we would not supply a unit exceeding this capacity without the inclusion of a suitable loading system.
Incinerators where manual loading is permissible will incorporate one or two interlocked hinged doors, the main one of which, when opened, will expose the whole of the primary chamber cross section, making it ideal for the bulk loading of waste and also for the easy removal of ash.
These manually loaded incinerators can also be specified with a batch load door to enable smaller quantities of waste to be introduced on a continuous basis.
To prevent the ingress of uncontrolled air the doors are fitted with a ceramic seal.
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Bin Tippers/Elevators/Container Handling
Where waste is stored and transported to the incinerator in wheeled bins we can incorporate different types of bin tippers to transfer the waste either directly into the incinerator or via a ram loader.
These tippers are designed with a lifting cradle onto which the bin or container is manoeuvred via a personnel safety gate. Only once it is securely engaged onto the lifting cradle and the safety gate is closed can the container be elevated either using hydraulic or electric power.
As it reaches the incinerator opening the container is automatically inverted allowing the lid to open and the contents to be discharged into the chamber.
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Matthews Environmental Solutions ram loaders are designed as a horizontal or slightly inclined hydraulically driven loading process that forces the waste into the incinerator via an interlocked hydraulic charge door. This door effectively and safely seals the primary combustion chamber from the waste and the operator ensuring a safe and environmentally efficient loading process that prevents the ingress of uncontrolled air.
The ram loader is manufactured from heavy steel plate and incorporates a hinged feed door. On instruction from the control system the hydraulically powered pushing ram drives the waste into the chamber via the hydraulic charge door.
On completion of this operation the pushing ram withdraws and the charge door is automatically closed ready for the next charge.
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Crushers & Conveyors
Where dense waste materials such as wood or whole animal carcasses need to be loaded then a preload treatment should be considered.
This treatment provides a number of significant advantages in that it enables large quantities to be processed through the crusher and stored within a holding hopper to await the incinerator’s availability.
This crushing and shredding process also massively increases the surface area of the waste and because the combustion process works by thermally decomposing surface area, this increase ensures far greater combustion efficiency. It also minimises fuel consumption and promotes stable operating conditions.
Waste that is processed through the cutters of the crusher is then moved via a conveyor into a hopper or silo ready for transfer by a second conveyor or pump directly into the incinerator’s primary chamber.
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Liquid/Sludge Feed Systems
When liquid and semi-liquid wastes, including oils, spent solvents, waste water, fats and emulsions etc, all of which benefit from being atomised within the combustion chamber, are to be processed it is recommended that they are pumped directly and under pressure into the incinerator via a stainless steel alloy injection lance.
Very often we also recommend that the holding tank should be fitted with an integral heater in order to promote the optimum pumping viscosity.