Republic Services, Phoenix, Ariz., recently opened its Southern Nevada Recycling Center in North Las Vegas, a $37 million facility that is capable of processing 70 tons or recyclable material per hour.
Siemens, Munich, Germany, in partnership with CP Group, San Diego, Calif., a supplier of automated turn-key processing and sorting systems for material recovery facilities, provided automation solutions. Through Advanced MRF, the electrical and controls division of CP Group and a registered Siemens Solution Partner, automated data acquisition and system control solutions were installed in the facility, including touch-screen Human Machine Interface (HMI) control, Supervisory Control, Data and Acquisition (SCADA) monitoring and remote access that continually monitor operations for optimal performance and big data analytics.
“This facility is built as a smart system that, at any point, can provide data on the throughput and volume of residuals at the end of the cycles,” Terry Schneider, CEO and president of CP Group. “With pre-programmed settings and access to real-time information, you maintain a significant level of flexibility.”
More than 75 percent of the 110,000 square foot building was made from recycled or remanufactured steel. There are 1,775 solar energy roof panels, expected to generate enough renewable energy to fulfil 15 percent of the building’s power requirements. The facility also features a Learning Center with sustainability oriented educational displays, community videos, an observation deck with 360 degree views of operations and live video streaming of the recycling process.
“The Southern Nevada Recycling Center is a great example of a smart, connected plant, and demonstrates how an innovative company has embraced automation and digitalization. This is a powerful combination, and Siemens is proud to have partnered with the CP Group of Companies on this showcase facility,” said Raj Batra, division president of the Siemens U.S. Digital Factory.