Encore Tire Recovery of Livonia, MI, debuted a mobile tire-shredding vehicle that has the capacity to shred tires at the rate of 500 tires per hour. Vehicle tires present one of the thornier problems in recycling. The U.S. alone has already produced 280 million scrap tires and they’re not easy to recycle. When buried in landfill, they work their way to the surface. They’re also a fire hazard. Many states have enacted laws requiring tire retailers to ensure proper disposal of used tires. Once shredded, tires can be used as playground and landscaping mulch, asphalt and athletic track surfaces.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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