High Impact Recycling for Prichard’s

April 22, 2020

Multi-faceted contractor Prichard’s of South Wales are getting the best from their new Terex Finlay I-120RS impact crusher.

As one of the latest additions to the fleet sourced from Terex Finlay dealer Molson Finlay, the I-120RS impact crusher has already settled in nicely at its new home at the Project Yellow site in Pontyclun, one of four Pritchard recycling facilities, with this being the first of this model ever used in a recycled aggregate application in the UK.

With their head office in the historic town of Llantrisant in the county borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, near Glamorgan in South Wales, Prichard’s are a business that is certainly looking to the future. As one of the leading providers of construction and support services throughout Wales, the Midlands and the South West and with a diverse range of specialist divisions, including demolition and civil engineering contracting, plant hire, transport, skip hire and recycling, Prichard’s are held in high regard as a trusted supplier for many.

Project Yellow is Prichard’s primary base for the recycling of aggregate materials, and soil recovery for residential and commercial use, all following the WRAP QP and the principles of CL:aire DowCoP, as relevant. However, they are not limited to recycled material as they can also supply virgin aggregates in a wide range of sizes as well as an innovative ‘Eco-sand’ material that is produced from recovered glass, again in compliance with WRAP QP.

The Terex Finlay I-120RS impact crusher is more commonly found working in quarry applications with a more consistent feed material and lower likelihood of foreign objects and contaminants as received wisdom is that impact crushers working in recycling applications generate high wear rates that make the cost of production simply too high to consider, often leading to a jaw crusher solution instead.

However, the Terex Finlay I-120RS is a machine to challenge that logic thanks to numerous design features from the serial innovators at the Terex Finlay factory in Omagh, Northern Ireland. This new generation impact crusher has been re-designed from the ground up, with a focus on improved material flow and production capabilities for a wide range of applications. Featuring the Terex CR038 impact chamber with direct drive and advanced electronic control system the machine provides operators with high material reduction ratios and produces a consistent product shape.

A key component of the machine is the on-board innovative quick detach 3.66m x 1.53m (12’ x 5’) two deck screen. For applications not requiring recirculation of materials for further processing or stockpiling the complete screening and recirculating system can be quickly detached from the machine. The high productivity, ease of maintenance and operation makes the machine an ideal solution for large scale producers and contract crushing operators.

Prichard’s Project Yellow supervisor, Darren Simpson, said: “We have had great feedback from customers about the quality of the material available since the machine was installed by Gareth and the Molson Finlay team. Some of the team where skeptical about how an impact crusher would cope with the tough demands we make of our machinery – especially at the Project Yellow site – with the volume of production required, any new machines are quickly put through their paces”.

A key reason for the consistency of material size achieved by the I-120RS is its material re-circulation system. This system takes oversized material separated by the two-deck screen fitted to the main conveyor and feeds it directly back into the feed hopper to be re-processed. In addition, the fully hydraulic apron setting assist allows the operator to change the speed of the feed apron to better control the volume of material in the impact chamber.

Another feature of the I-120RS is the heavy-duty vibrating feeder (VGF) with integrated prescreen. This removes material below the size allowed by the prescreen, preventing it entering the impact chamber and causing unnecessary wear. This prescreened material is then stockpiled on a discharge belt to the side of the machine, however this can be removed and the material will simply be dropped down to the main conveyor where it is discharged with the rest of the processed material.

Prichard’s Managing Director, Tom Prichard said: “The I-120RS gives us the ability to produce a wide range of popular recycled fill products such as Type-1 and 6F2 with great material consistency. We have all been impressed with its throughout capacity, whilst being able to deal with difficult material such as re-bar”.

When talking about the relationship with Molson Finlay, Tom went on to explain: “For us, when choosing a new machine, we look at every angle. The machine has to be able to do the right job and offer good value for money, but we also look at the after sales support from the dealer as a key factor. We have always received a very high level of service from the Molson Finlay team and that is a big reason why we keep coming back”.

Prichard’s are a long-standing customer of Molson Finlay, with this I-120RS being the latest in a long line of Terex Finlay machines supplied by Molson Finlay’s Gareth Johnson. The Project Yellow site also uses two Terex Finlay 883+ heavy duty screeners and a 694+ inclined screener, key components of the recycled aggregate production process.

Molson Finlay’s Gareth Johnson said; “Prichard’s are a valued customer of Molson Finlay and I am delighted that the machine is already proving its worth on site. It’s producing a high-value end product and its versatility, speed of production and efficiency make it an important addition to Prichard’s fleet.

“When we have open and honest conversations with customers about what they want to achieve, we are in a stronger position to help them by sharing our experience, knowledge and insights of the latest technological developments to help them achieve their goals. Tom and his team have always taken this approach and I believe this is a reason why we have been able to be such a big part of their supply chain”.