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Franssons News August 2013








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”From the smallest, to the biggest”

– we are the machine customisers! View of SCA’s Bollsta sawmill facility in Ådalen, complete with slow-speed mill and tipping table for fuel preparation

Tunadal crushes all resistance! n Franssons has delivered a very large crusher, or mill, to SCA’s sawmill in Tunadal.

The mill takes care of all ”fuel waste” that comes from the mill, which in practice means that it breaks up old bark, discarded timber, off-cuts, in fact everything that is not used in pellet production. The fuel is then transported to Ortvikens Pappersbruk, located just outside

Sundsvall, where it is used in the production of steam for the paper manufacturing process. The mill also takes in solid fuel from other plants requires additional refinement. It has a capacity of 60 tonnes of bark with large stones per hour. If something that cannot be crushed gets into the machine, the mill goes into reverse and the expels the uncrushed material. According to Sundfrakt, the company that handles the crushing

process, there isn’t much material that this mill, known as ”Destroyer”, can’t handle. However, engine blocks and reinforcing steel are definitely off the menu. The rotor has loose teeth that can be welded, reducing maintenance costs to a minimum. The rotor only has a 30 rotation operation (frequency-controlled), but has a minimal power requirement, being driven by two 160 kW motors. Everything is controlled by a PLC with a

function panel. Material is fed in via a lifting table measuring 15 sq. m, enough to handle a 10 cu. m scoop, giving the mill an availability level of more than 90%. The table is fully automatic.

Noise levels are extremely low as the table closes against an inlet chute, forming a tight seal. This makes the actual noise level produced by the machine around 70 dBa. This mill should be the optimal solution for many sawmills looking to resolve their waste product problems without having to invest in large mobile machines that are usually diesel-powered.

SCA seems to be satisfied with this type of mill. We wish SCA every success with this new costminimising technology and the minimal environmental impact the mill has.

Full steam ahead for discarded timber loading at Tunadal.

”We’re not the biggest on the market, but we know how to produce bespoke machinery. We can help you turn your special and unique requirements into reality”

NEWS This month, we’re launching our new FRP-204, which cuts down to 10 mm in one go, without the need for water cooling or special rotors. Come and see us at stand G28/hall 10 in Düsseldorf, Germany 16-23 October 2013. ! Se e you the re

The crusher is set to work.

View of the discarded timber piles.

Phantom - the strong, silent type! n Franssons has just delivered a large mill to Castellon on the Costa del Azahar to the south of Barcelona. It’s called the Phantom.

The machine shall be used to break up the light fraction in domestic and industrial refuse to produce “RDF” (Refuse Derived Fuel) in fractions of 30 mm, thereby obtaining a homogenous fuel with a high calorific value that is easier to transport and store than the waste from which it derives. This fuel is then used in the cement industry as a replacement for oil or coal. The mill weighs 26 tonnes, has a rotor diameter of 800 mm, is 3 metres long and features a hydraulic pusher. The rotor has 240 teeth, producing between 15 and 19 tonnes of RDF per hour. The large engines (2 x 160 kW) are controlled by a programmable management system that can vary speed according to requirements and various materials. The newly-designed service hatch is hydraulically opened and provides full access to the rotor and presser inside the machine. This feature is particularly appreciated by the operators,

who speak about the machine in glowing terms: “It’s capacious, extremely easy to maintain and works like a dream,” says Juanjo, who works with the machine on a daily basis. The customer is particularly satisfied with the fact that the mill has successfully managed to break up all the material thrown into it, no materials have proved to be a problem. The customer is also surprised that it can break up IBCs (intermediate bulk containers) without having to cut up the material first, achieving a production level of approx. 4-5

tonnes per hour. The diameter of the rotor is such that it can take a proper hold of the material. The customer has two knife mills, which it had been using to produce RDF. These are particularly sensitive to metals and, because domestic and industrial refuse contains lots of metals, require 2-3 hours of maintenance every day. Even though there are 5 metal separators installed in front of the secondary mill, a lot of metal components still manage to find their way in. The Phantom is a slow-speed mill, making it less

Full steam ahead as the Phantom breaks up domestic & industrial waste for the production of 30 mm fractions for homogenous fuel.

sensitive to metals. This is one of the reasons why the customer chose the Phantom, because it was an almost impossible task to sufficiently clean the material for use in the knife mills. Now they only need to carry out maintenance once a week. This is one of the biggest mills we have built and see a bright future for these mills in respect of other materials such as wood and plastics, e.g. in the pellet industry, where they could replace expensive cutting machines. In this context, “expensive” means expensive in terms of both power and maintenance. The Phantom consumes very little energy and is easy to maintain. The plastics industry is constantly looking to use larger and larger mills. Breaking material down to 10 mm pieces in a single stroke is very important. As with all other mills in the FRP series, the Phantom features power monitoring that is part of the programmable control system. A frequency inverter is fitted as standard We hope that this mill represents the future of the industry, affording efficient recycling of many different materials. We christened it “the Phantom” - the strong and silent type!

Cutting a rug in Ådalen n Franssons has delivered a slow-speed mill for fuel preparation to Ådalen-based Bolsta Sawmill. The mill stands adjacent to the sawmill’s new boiler to deliver fuel directly into the boiler. It is equipped with a tipping device for container beds. The sawmill uses a system that features collecting open container beds, which are moved by tractor. The beds, which have become a fulcrum for all by-products except bark, arrive from various locations throughout the sawmill. The tractor collects all the full beds, placing them on the tipping device, which empties their content into the mill. The equipment produces 4-8 tonnes per hour, depending on the type of material. The machine can also handle “uncrushable” materials. When it encounters such material, the mill stops automatically so as to prevent any major damage. Mills with tipping tables are becoming increasingly popular as they afford easier and quicker processing. We wish Niclas Larssson and the team at Bollsta every success. “The question is – did they grind up the old garden furniture? If not, where did it go?”

The machine is equipped with 2 x 75 kW engines and has a 2.5 m long rotor. The rotor only operates at 70 rpm, so it is almost completely silent compared to other machines and vehicles. It has an energy consumption requirement that is completely different to that of a traditional knife cutter. At full capacity, this mill pulls in approximately 150 kWh. Everything is monitored by a PLC, which allows you to set different programmes and even the power output!

4 years with Franssons! Frasse has the floor Hi! I hope that you’ve enjoyed a relaxing summer and recharged your batteries ahead of the forthcoming autumn and winter season. Franssons has a wide range of shredders, ranging from the compact FRP91 to the big FRP-301. We have now extended our already broad offering with two new machines that will encourage event more customers to use a Franssons.

News FRX PRESHREDDER or up to approx. 200 m³ per hour. Depending on screen and material. (See report, SCA Tunadal in this newsletter). Customised tipping table and noise damping hopper. FRS POSTSHREDDER for up to approx. 150 m³ per hour. Depending on screen and material. (See report, Spain in this newsletter). A wide range just got wider. We will be presenting another new machine at the K Fair in Düsseldorf, Germany - the FRP-204 - which will make our range even more interesting.mer intressant.

History Franssons can trace its origins back to 1945, when Arne Fransson opened the company’s first workshop in Sundsvall. In 1981, his son, Lars Fransson, joined his father, and now continues to develop the innovative spirit of the company and its tradition of adapting products to meet the needs of customers.

” Interview with Börje Fritsell of Ölmstad-based Ötab. n Established in 1983, Ötab, a company based in Ölmstad just outside Jönköping, is a genuine family-run enterprise, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary. The company has 15 employees and is a subcontracting manufacturer of battens for building structures. ”We’ve just renovated our trimming mill at a cost of SEK 12 million. The now 60 metre-long mill constantly scans timber using cutting-edge laser technology and 20 cameras. We’re now increasing our capacity and delivering even better and more consistent quality,” says Fritsell. ”And the good thing about this is that we get a residual product that we can use in our own pellet manufacturing operation that is completely free of bark and other waste. These pellets are in high demand, particularly by villa owners, as our product gives off significantly less ash. We will also shortly taking steps to bring the capacity of our pellet production to double its current level. So, before the anniversary celebrations begin this autumn, we’ll have capacity to help out even more customers.”

You’ve changed supplier to Franssons. Why? ”After conducting exhaustive research in 2009, we came to the conclusion that switching over to Franssons and their FRP- 203 model would deliver major benefits to the company. The benefits are clear when you look at the facts. Over the past 4 years, the machine has run without any problems whatsoever.” What are the benefits compared to the two shredders you previously used? ”Well, I think there are four key benefits for the company. Firstly, the shredder produces less dust and less waste. Secondly, the cutting teeth have a much longer service life. Our energy bills are lower and, thanks to Franssons’ Cuver Cut, we avoid the rotor overheating.” What is the capacity of the mill? ”Bearing in mind that one Franssons machine has replaced our two old Vecoplan machines and that we have managed to increase capacity, I can’t be anything but satisfied. The shredding capacity of our cutting operation is 3-4 tonnes per hour with a 20 mm scree, although of course this is slightly reduced where longer pieces are to be produced.”

1. Battens are adjusted in the new 60 metre-long trimming mill.

What does the material you shred look like and what do you use it for? ”We take clean offcuts from our new trimming tool, which we shred to dust in the 2-metre (Franssons FRP-203) and then send on to our fine grinder (Franssons HK-26). After the fine grinder, the residual product is ready for pellet manufacture. We make 7,000 tonnes of pellets per year, which we supply to retailers within a 150 km radius here in southern Sweden. We have a capacity of around 1,500 kg/hour, but, as I’ve already said, we want to double that capacity in the near future in order to satisfy

” Interview with Leif Ohlsson of Stena in Karlskrona.

Lars Fransson, CEO

How have you found the level of support and service you’ve received? ”It’s been nothing short of excellent. We haven’t experienced any problems in our dealings with Franssons since 2009 in respect of support and maintenance servicing.” Would you recommend Franssons to others? ”Yes, absolutely. We’re over the moon with the machines we now have!”

previous solution? ”Bearing in mind that we previously had to rent a mobile installation to get bulky material taken away, investing in an FRP-203 has proved to be an excellent solution. It makes everything run much more smoothly...”

What about the future? ”The future looks bright, with a multitude of possibilities. We anticipate that more and more Stena outlets will get in touch with us about their plastics problems, looking for solutions. We’re more than happy to recommend Franssons to others,” says an optimistic Ohlsson.


The Franssons FRP-203 shreds the bulky residual plastic, which is transported down into large sacks.

n In 2010, Leif Ohlsson of Karlskronabased Stena saw that the company was facing an enormous problem in the form of a growing mountain of plastic. Stena deals in the scrapping of high voltage cables, a process which produces residual plastic products in large fractions. Ohlsson saw the possibility of doing something about

the problem and first got wind of a possible solution using a Fransson machine in 2011. You chose a Fransson machine. What persuaded you take that decision? ”It felt completely right from the beginning. It was difficult to find another machine with comparable functionality, particularly in Sweden. It feels good to be able to deal with someone here at home and is a major advantage in terms of support and service.”

How did you find the installation process? ”Fransson has been very receptive and service-oriented.” Have you achieved the capacity you imagined you would? ”Not yet exactly. There are a few adjustments that still need to be made. We shred around 1 tonne per hour, but are looking to increase that up to 3 tonnes. We’re currently just grinding for recycling, but we are thinking about starting a fuel fractioning operation.” How does it compare to your

4. ...and onwards into the fine grinder...

the demand for our low-ash clean pellets,” says a happy Fritsell.

Are you hapy with the follow-up and support you’ve received? ”Jürgen Urbas has been a godsend. Of course, there are always things that can be changed and improved, but we’ve been happy for the most part,” says Ohlsson.

All our machines are manufactured in Sundsvall using only the best components available on the market..

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3. The chips are transported here...

Completely right from the beginning!

Our quality and manufacturing

We can shred most materials and customise our machines and peripheral equipment to satisfy your specific requirements. We offer a one-day free consultation at your premises.

2. Offcuts from the trimming tool end up in the mill and turned into chips.

5. ...ending their journey in pellet production. A happy Fritsell at the end station where pellets are packed to be transported to end customers. He is shown here with Franssons sales representative Jürgen Urbas.

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rival in Estonia

Stora Esno of Estonia has just bought an FRP-203, 2-metre. They needed to increase their capacity for shredding chunkwood at their facility. A slow-speed Franssons FRP-203 was chosen for this purpose.

Bulky residual plastic product.

Shredding underway in the mill.

Chunkwood is run into the machine through a 60 mm screen, achieving a capacity of 7-8 tonnes/ hour.

Double-up with recycled raw material! ”

Interview with Mathias Nilsson, CEO, and Markus Langström, Maintenance Manager of Miljösäck in Norrköping.

Technical advantages! ” Interview with Bernt Johansson, Maintenance Manager at Pipelife in Ljung.

n Pipelife Sverige manufactures 30,000 tonnes of pipes and pipe components per year. It should be noted that Pipelife manufactures the biggest plastic pressure pipes in the world, with an impressive diameter of 2.5 metres. The company has 26 factories in Europe and the USA, three of which are in Sweden (Ljung, Ölsremma and Haparanda), employing 180 people out of a total workforce of 2,400.

Hur gick diskussionerna när How did discussions go when the choice of a Franssons machine was made?

”We looked at several suppliers, but the technical advantages of Franssons proved to be decisive and the facts bore out that it was a good concept.”

How well has the installation of the 203 been? Have you received good support? ”We’ve quite happy actually. There haven’t been any problems. Franssons keeps in close contact and follows up how everything is going. So there have been no problems at all in getting support.”

Are you happy with the followup of your machine installation? ”Jürgen Urbas has kept track of how everything is going in an excellent way. We use a heavy duty plastic, known as ’high module material’. This means that it is quite easy for the machine to overheat. However, we changed screens with coarser masks in order to achieve a higher capacity and avoid this overheating problem. This ensures

that everything flows well and has worked superbly, with no problems whatsoever.”

Does the 203 live up to your capacity expectations? “Yes, I think so. When we shred residual product pipes (see the figure below), the end product is 40 mm, giving a capacity of around 800 kg/ hour.” Would you recommend Franssons to others? “Absolutely.”

Residual product pipes are loaded on the tipping table.

Rewarding conversation between the machine operator, Franssons’ sales representative Jürgen Urbas and maintenance manager Markus Langström.

n Norrköping-based Miljösäck is a recycling company that processes 10,000 tonnes of recycled raw material every year. The company has 70 employees, enjoys a turnover of SEK 105 million and, since 2000, has been part of InnoHolding AG. Miljösäck has a history and an origin that can be traced back to the 1930s. Reducing environmental impact is

the company’s guiding principle, resulting in the production of a Swedishmade, environmentally friendly high quality product. ”We currently recycle 10,000 tonnes of LD polythene per year, all of which is collected in Sweden, but have a permit to increase that to 17,000 tonnes. From the recycled raw material, we produce around 120 million plastic sacks and

60 million carrier bags,” says Nilsson. ”We are the market leader in products based on recycled raw materials, with a reach that covers Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.” When did you first come into contact with Franssons? ”About 2 years ago.” What was your reason for choosing Franssons? ”Of course, we looked at the offerings of other players, but the delivery times Franssons offered and the fact that they were a Swedish supplier and could adapt their machine to the specific needs of our business had a decisive impact on our decision.” Why did you want to change machine? ”We’d been processing residual products using an old Varema 90 kw, but couldn’t achieve the capacity we were forced into having in order to meet the volume targets we had set ourselves. We needed a larger rotor and a larger gap in order to be able to handle significant loads.” Do you now have the capacity you want? ”Yes, we shred twice as much now as we did before, 24 hours a day, even on Christmas Eve,” says Nilsson. ”And the 2-metre makes the machine even easier to maintain than its predecessor, being in operation throughout the year,” chips in Langström. ”We’re also thinking about buying another machine in order to increase production and satisfy demand.” What does the material you shred look like and what do you use it for? ”We call it ’recycled raw material’. We collect plastic bags, agricultural plastics, etc. in Sweden and shred it in our mill. It’s quite a dirty material, so after shredding it’s washed, dried and then melted down into granules. These granules are then used in our sack and plastic bag production.”

The dirty finished recycled raw material is transported for washing and drying, later to be used in the production of granules.

How have you found the level of support and service you’ve received? ”Quite simply, I’m delighted with the level of support we’ve received,” concludes Nilsson.

The Franssons FRP-203 in Ljung gets ready for another pass of plastic shredding.

NEWS! We’re launching our new FRP-204, which shreds down to 10 mm in one go, without the need for water cooling or special rotors. Come and see us at stand G28/hall 10 in Düsseldorf, Germany 16-23 October 2013. ! Se e you the re

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smaller shredder FRP-153!


Aftermarket and technical service! n Modern companies don’t want to experience hassle or problems with the technical service they receive or lack thereof. Although all Franssons machines have a high level of technical availability, they must still be maintained.

That’s why we offer a number of maintenance contracts. Ask us

NEWS We’re launching our new FRP-204, which cuts down to 10 mm in one go, without the need for water cooling or special rotors. Come and see us at stand G28/hall 10 in Düsseldorf, ! Germany 16-23 October 2013. Se e you the re

for a quote!

Spare parts

Using Franssons original parts ensures maximum availability and perfect fit. Franssons quality parts reduce costs, avoid unnecessary replacements and save time. All spare parts are manufactured in Sweden from Swedish steel.

Our three extensive product lines! 1. Shredders:


84 months We customise

your set-up

Shredding. Fast-acting hammer cutters. Fine grinders. Granulators. Bark shredders and crushers for wood, off-cuts and woodchips. Preshredders. Plastic shredders. Plastic and waste mills. Slow-speed single shaft mills and single shaft shredders.

All-purpose mill. FRX/FRS series

Pre- and post-shredder, and unbeatable combination with high capacities for the most demanding of materials. – take everything in their stride!

2. Sorting systems:

Mechanical chip screens. Air separation for waste sorting.

3. Conveyors, feeds and fans:

Trough conveyors (redlers). Chain conveyors. Vibrating tables. Feed pockets and chip pockets for bulk material. Highresistance fans for transporting wear material suchas mineral wood and fibreglass.

All-purpose mill. FRP series

Fine grinder. HK series – Dry wood – Green wood – Plywood – Knots – Staw – Paper – Cardboard – Biofuel

– Hard & soft plastic. NB: Shreds down to 10 mm in one go! – Paper – Cardboard – Textiles – Wood – Big bags – Waste – Biofuel – Waste fuel

When you run a company, leasing almost always delivers the greatest benefit. You don’t have to tie up your business capital in machinery or use up the line of credit you have with your bank. VAT is deductible as is the leasing fee. We work in conjunction with a number of external financing companies and can tailor your setup and lease, everything from 36 to 84 months - just according to your requirements!

Vertical shredder. TX series

Hammer cutter. Rambo – Wood – Bark – Domestic waste – Industrial waste – Biofuel – Waste fuel

Free consultation!

– Wood – Bark – Domestic waste – Industrial waste – Biofuel – Waste fuel

Value SEK 10.000 Let us help you and your company solve your residual product management problems.

Help yourself!

Screw crusher. SK series

Separation and screening

You get a one-day consultation (worth SEK 10,000) free of charge, where we work with you and review and identify where the profit potential in your business lies. Send an e-mail to with the subject line ”Free consultation”, specifying: Company. Name. Post address. Telephone. We contact you and book an appointment.

– Emptying of plastic bottles & cans – Crushing of glass bottles – Grinding of dry foodstuffs – Grinding of mineral and glass wool

– Air separation – Mechanical separation

Timmervägen 8 SE-857 53 Sundsvall TEL +46 (0)60 56 78 60 Search Franssons...

Lars Fransson CEO +46 (0) 706 56 78 60

Jürgen Urbas Sales, Southern Sweden Salesoffice Borås +46 (0) 706 56 78 62

Jonnie Nylander Sales, Northern Sweden +46 (0) 706 48 10 15

Linda Hedin Administration

Magnus Thorsell Designer +46 (0) 706 56 78 34

Erik Fransson Spare Parts +46 (0) 706 56 78 24

Kenneth Weckenberg Purchasing and Planning +46 (0) 706 56 78 64

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