How Briquetting Helps Businesses Achieve Sustainability

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RUF Uses a Simplified Process to Reduce Costs and Promote Sustainability

Ever wonder how businesses have successfully used a briquetting system to achieve sustainability goals? Our latest case study explains how a RUF briquetting system helped cabinet maker Cabinotch streamline its waste stream and realize valuable revenue in the process.

Cabinotch, a custom cabinet manufacturer, was seeking an efficient and environmentally friendly way to capture and repurpose waste from its production process. However, the traditional waste removal methods involved high shipping costs and a large environmental footprint, which didn’t match Cabinotch’s vision of sustainability. This is when Cabinotch came to RUF looking for a solution that could align their vision with reality.

RUF briquetting systems employ a simple operation to transform raw material waste into briquettes, creating an efficient system for waste management and even new revenue streams. The briquetting machines run using a hydraulic press and contain few moving parts. In the case of Cabinotch, a RUF briquetter attached directly to its baghouse, which made it possible to seamlessly turn wood and sawdust waste into briquettes that were then directly loaded into a container. This solution not only minimized the space dedicated to waste storage, it created a new revenue for Cabinotch as it can now sell its wood sawdust briquettes to other facilities to be used for renewable energy.

Many manufacturing companies struggle with finding ways to realize their environmental goals while still being cost efficient throughout the process of waste removal. Since 2008, RUF has been helping North American businesses transform their operations to be more resource-, cost- and labor-efficient. RUF briquetting systems typically pay for themselves in 18 months’ time. RUF Briquetting Systems is dedicated to helping companies move forward in their sustainability goals while maintaining and even increasing profitability.

If your operations are struggling to find a solution to achieve sustainability goals, RUF can help. To learn more about how Cabinotch transformed its vision into reality while creating an opportunity for additional revenue, download our case study here.

The Briquetting Process Explained

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Our briquetting process ensures the highest quality

Ever wonder how briquettes are made? RUF Briquetting Systems, North America’s leading manufacturer of briquetting machines, has refined our briquetting process through the years to ensure the highest-quality products. Below is an overview of the process, which is nearly identical for both wood waste and scrap metals. Each production process produces one briquette per cycle.

The compression process

  • Byproduct material is loaded into a feed hopper.
  • A screw conveyor in the hopper carries the material to a precharger chamber.
  • The running time of the screw conveyor is calculated every cycle and controlled by a programmable logic controller (PLC) to ensure the production of a quality briquette in every cycle. The screw conveyor cycle time changes if the particle size or density of the feed material changes.
  • Once the screw conveyor fills the precharger chamber, the precharger compresses the material into a pressing chamber.
  • The main press piston pushes the material into one of two dies in a pressing mold. The material is formed into a dense briquette.
  • Pressures are monitored and compression continues until reaching a preset value to ensure a dense briquette.

Extra step in scrap metal briquetting process

  • When the press piston compresses metal against the pressing plate, it squeezes coolant from the material and collects it in a sump located beneath the briquetting machine. Once the liquid reaches a predetermined fill level, a pump is triggered and dispenses the fluid out of the sump and into another container for reuse.

Machine resets for next cycle

  • When the compression process is complete, the mold cylinder changes the position of the pressing mold to the other position and the briquette aligns with an ejection opening.
  • Ejectors located on either side of the main press piston push the briquette out through ejector holes in the front plate of the briquetting machine.
  • The main compression piston and precharger return to their home positions.
  • The empty die aligns with the compression piston.
  • With the precharger back in the upward position, the conveyor charges feed material into the press chamber to begin a new cycle.
  • This process continues until the material in the feed hopper has been depleted.

Interested to see what a briquetter would look like in your operation? Contact us today.

Why Use Wood Briquettes

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An argument for the benefits of wood briquettes over other traditional sources of fuel.

Briquettes have long been a popular fuel source in Europe. Compact, easy to produce and even easier to use, briquettes have been long overdue as a viable contender to fuel your operation. There are so many benefits to producing and using wood briquettes that many North American companies are just now beginning to realize.

Environmental Impact

Wood briquettes are made from recycled scrap and waste from businesses like wood working plants and lumber mills. Composed of a variety of byproducts including sawdust, chips and shredded scraps, briquetted wood turns waste into a fuel source and saves storage and transportation expenses.

Briquettes are also a carbon neutral fuel source that is substantially more resource and environmentally friendly than coal. Since they are produced using hydraulic force, without the involvement of any chemicals, they can even be used for personal use in campsites and grills to cook.

Efficiency

Briquettes consistently outperform cord wood in burn time and generated heat. With moisture levels averaging less than 10%, wood briquettes cause less build up in the chimney and flue than cord wood. Wood briquettes also provide a cleaner burn than coal or wood.

The production process is also easy to integrate into existing waste management systems. Simply load wood byproducts into the hopper and let the machine run. Very little daily maintenance or oversight is involved in running the briquetter

Make Them, Use Them, Sell Them

Does your manufacturing process create biomass byproduct? Why not put it to use? Not only can you burn wood briquettes in fireplaces, woodstoves, wood boilers and furnaces, you can sell your excess production on the market. Through briquetting, you can create an entire revenue stream from your waste.

Stay Ahead of the Trend

Interested in seeing how your wood waste would briquette or how your facility could benefit from streamlining waste management? Contact us today and we’ll get you started!

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Grinding Sludge Goes Green. Briquetting for the Environment

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Manufacturers of wind turbines, heavy machinery, gear grinders, bearings, and other industrial products constantly struggle with how to safely and efficiently dispose of the grinding sludge produced during the manufacturing processes. This is especially true of the large volumes of sludge that are created during the grinding of high-precision gears.
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7 Briquetting Myths Debunked

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Not sure if briquette making is right for your company? Several myths about the process may give you pause, but make sure you have accurate information so you can make an informed decision.
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