Category Archives: Industrial Equipment


Plastic Scrap Prices Rise With a Tight Supply

Supply has slimmed, and pricing increased on polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), and polypropylene (PP) scraps. Pricing has reached an all-time high. High-grade PET bales are at 30 centers per pound in the state of California, with prices in the Midwest and Southeast at 20 cents per pound.

 

The demand has increased thanks in part to supply constraints that have impacted new material throughout North America. Supply distributions are broader across plastics that have yet to be recycled, with a large portion of the industry rushing eagerly to collect new plastic. The allocations come as chemical producers in the Gulf Coast are still recovering from severe winter weather disruptions for industry-wide production processes.

 

It is unclear yet how exactly the machinery supply and industrial equipment rentals industries will be impacted, but overall it is expected they will see some of the effects of pricing increases.

Natural and colored HDPE bales along with polypropylene tubs and lids have reached a new high for pricing and sales. HDPE bottle bales sell for up to 98 cents per pound, colored sells for up to 46 cents per pound, and PP tub and lid bales go for up to 39 cents per bound. HDPE has also increased in popularity in recent years as it takes far less energy to manufacture than other types of materials used in piping, making it a sought-after material to boost environmentally friendly focused efforts.

 

Essentially, rigid bulk bales have exponentially increased. Natural HDPE has far exceeded supply. HIgher costs of PP could cause recovery facilities to invest instead in recovering this type of material.

Looking into Itron’s Debt

Debt can be an important part of capital structure for large companies, assisting in overall growth. It typically has lower financing than equity, making it popular among some of the biggest corporations in the country, and even in the world.

Itron’s share (NASDAQ:ITRI) has decreased by 9.22% over the recent few months. Based on reports released in early May, their long-term debt sits at $496.53 million, while their current debt (amount of debt due within one year) is $400 million, making for a total of $896.53 million in total debt. If adjusted for cash equivalents (cash and liquid securities with a maturity period of 90 days or less), it would be $574.59, making the net debt $321.94 million.

With $2.93 billion in total assets, their debt ratio is 0.31. Higher debt ratios can be a strong indicator that most of the debt is funded by assets and imply that a company may be at risk for default if interest rates begin to increase.

Interest payment obligations can impact the cash flow a company has involving their debt. Equity owners may keep excess profit pulled out from their debt capital when used for operations as it pertains to the line of business.

It is not uncommon for large companies to have massive amounts of debt, but whether this is a good or bad debt and asset component depends on market behavior and the overall economy.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in industrial equipment such as machinery supply and industrial equipment rentals. We look forward to supplying your company with robust, quality products and solutions at the best prices. Call MimeCo at 305-570-3831 for additional information.

Australia’s Gold Coast Prepares for Expanding Population

Australia’s Gold Coast attracts many people, from tourists to local Australian natives. It is estimated that by 2050, their population will double to 1.2 million people (from 540,559 in 2016). With this boom in population comes a new set of demands on the city’s water infrastructure, nearly at capacity.

Gold Coast is one of the largest recycled water users and treats several million liters of wastewater for irrigation. Their sustainable water solutions reduce expenses and conserve drinking water, an ever crucial step due to the region’s frequent droughts.

The city has rolled out the Long Term Recycled Water Release Plan, a $70 million investment that will upgrade pump stations for an overall more efficient system, with large volumes of wastewater (which will be treated) going towards the irrigation of public spaces like parks.

Darren Chandler, owner of GEM Industrial, says of the project, “All our guys on the project were really proud to be there… It’s a beautiful part of the world and definitely a great project to be involved with for sure.”

Two new pipelines were installed under waterways and riverbeds with trench-less methods to preserve the city’s clean environment. A 2,500mm diameter pipeline was placed under the Broadwater Crossing, with installation from a tunnel boring machine. The second, a 1,200mm diameter, high-density, polyethylene pipe, sits below the Nerang River bottom through horizontal directional drilling.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in industrial equipment such as machinery supply and industrial equipment rentals. We look forward to supplying your company with robust, quality products and solutions at the best prices. Call MimeCo at 305-570-3831 for additional information. Machinery Supply, Industrial Equipment Rentals

How to Choose the Right Machine

An important part of new equipment installation is selecting the right fusion machine that will provide the support necessary to specific job site needs.

In recent history, fusing thermostat pipes for a leak-free and corrosive-resistant system is common but has become a problem; these systems are failing every day.

McElroy is a world leader in joining the thermoplastic pipes in many infrastructures. Choosing them means choosing the right machine. Some things that will make the selection process easier:

Consider pipe size – what range and wall thickness will be involved. This will affect which size carriage and/or combination you need. Pipe size, dimensional ratio (DR), and fusion standards will determine if a low, medium or high-force fusion machine is right for the job.

Determine the magnitude of the job. Fusing smaller pipes will require different equipment than a long pipeline with large pipes. For larger projects, consider portability and how much accompanying equipment will be hauled from site to site.

Think carefully about deadlines. Productivity tools that will move along the fusion process at a faster rate will be worth the money. If you have complex projects with short deadlines, always choose the right equipment no matter the price. It will save you time and money in the long run.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in industrial equipment and McElroy parts. We have more than two decades providing professional solutions in The Guianas, the Caribbean, and Suriname, supplying brands like Performance Pipe, McElroy, Carboline, and more. With our years of experience working as exporters and purchasing agents, we look forward to supplying your company with robust, quality products and solutions at the best prices. Call MimeCo at 305-570-3831 for additional information.

Fusion Data Recording Is Essential

Many that do not have actionable data expertise are being left behind in today’s manufacturing and development environment. The McElroy DataLogger®, which is at the heart of McElroy’s data logging solution, allows you to collect and record the most valuable data generated on your jobsite.

Your operation must develop best practices for documenting the whole fusion process to show that your jobsite follows the current ASTM F3124 requirements. Data recording, however, has several other advantages above basic enforcement. It guarantees the pipeline joints are fully fused before being buried and placed into operation. It also shows a higher degree of obligation and oversight, which can offer contractors an edge over rivals that forego recording data.

A reliable data recording practice helps administrators and others to review reports stored remotely, giving them crucial insight on whether an individual is performing the right protocols and consistently delivering high-quality outcomes. This is advantageous for fusion preparation as well as long-term staff.

The DataLogger software from McElroy offers you the resources you need to seize upon those advantages in a solution that is comprehensive and a device that is robust and built for heavy-duty demands.

By tracking key factors of the fusion process and offering unparalleled insight into heat soak times, open/close times, cool time, jobsite and operator detail, and more, DataLogger lets you make sure that all joints are fused with the correct pressure and times according to established requirements.

All of this information can be stored in the McElroy Vault™, which enables fast and easy sorting, entry, and marking, and sharing of joint documents by computer, user, operator, computer, or task.

If you would like more information on the McElroy DataLogger, machinery supply, or if you need industrial equipment rentals for your job, please contact us.

The Acrobat Saves the Day in North Dakota

Once the McElroy Acrobat machine made its debut for polypropylene (PP) pipe, it has rapidly earned a reputation for being a machinery supply solution that can be used on polyethylene (PE) pipe installations. The Acrobat was built with a minimal footprint and is incredibly lightweight relative to its PE system counterparts since PP jobs are usually indoor installations in very close working environments. However, PE workers are often faced with the same space constraints.

The McElroy website outlines a real-life case involving a contractor working on a PE pipe job in North Dakota tasked with the expansion of a sugar beet processing facility. Connecting 17, 8” DR17 lines to a pump house for methane gas processing was one of the responsibilities. Since the lines were all crowded together, someone couldn’t get between the pipes to perform a fusion, resulting in a complicated situation. To fit between lines and valves while retaining portability, a lightweight, portable fusion machine solution was required.

At first, a DynaMc® 28 HP was used, which is a powerful, rugged, and lightweight unit, but maybe not the right option for a large number of fusions where space is an issue. In this situation, there were 76 fusions to complete in a few days, a significantly large amount for a hand pump to tackle. To save the day, the Acrobat was introduced.

The weight and height similarities are quite notable. The DynaMc carriage weighs 155 pounds, while the comparably svelte Acrobat carriage weighs a mere 54 pounds in 4-jaw configuration and 38 pounds in 3-jaw configuration. Consider the carriage lengths, which range from 34x26x23.5 to 30x18x17.

In the end, a pair of fusion technicians were able to perform the Herculean task in a mere four days thanks to the Acrobat.

Should you have questions about the Acrobat, McElroy solutions, or industrial equipment rentals, please contact us.

Keep Fusion Data Extra Safe With Even Better DataLogger Backup

Have you purchased the McElroy DataLogger yet? This rugged tablet is a powerful tool to keep track of essential joint fusion data in an all-in-one solution that offers features like cloud backup. McElroy is always improving the tablet with new features, and one of the most recent provides the peace of mind of improved backup.

The McElroy Vault™ feature already keeps your fusion records backed up in the event of an occurrence on the job. However, with the 1.16 system update, you now have another option to ensure these vital records are safe at all times, and all you’ll need is a standard Micro SD card.

Enabling a Micro SD card is simple. After inserting the card in your DataLogger, simply go to the System section in the Settings menu, choose SD Card Status, hit the System Settings button, and then touch Yes when prompted whether you would like to open System Settings.

Once you’re at the Storage settings screen, scroll down and choose Erase USB/SD card storage, follow the instructions, and the SD will be ready to record fusion data!

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in machinery equipment and machinery supply. We have more than two decades providing professional solutions in The Guianas, the Caribbean, and Suriname, supplying brands like Performance Pipe, McElroy, Carboline, and more. With our years of experience working as exporters and purchasing agents, we look forward to supplying your company with robust, quality products and solutions at the best prices. Call 305-570-3831 for additional information on our product selection, or saving money with industrial equipment rentals.

Improve Performance With Spirolite

Spirolite continues to have the durable goods required for demands involving large diameter plastic pipe technology requirements. For its high-density polyethylene pipe capable of satisfying the needs of those demanding pipe sizes with sizes between 18 to 120 inches in diameter, Spirolite has received acclaim.

The method used in the production process of Spirolite is one that’s entirely novel. Spirolite is the sole U.S. polyethylene pipe system that offers plumbing materials that are mostly used for uses such as drainage or gravity sanitary sewer use with a genuine cost-effective secondary substitute. The revolutionary design of the Spirolite pipe makes construction easier by reducing the time it takes to take care of this step and, due to the outstanding resistance, corrosion effects are significantly minimized thanks to the design. Additionally, customers should be assured that the Spirolite pipe complies with the specifications of the rigid ASTM F-894.

Control of stability, longevity, these are some of the attributes that make Spirolite a very durable solution. Give us a call to find out how you can get the job done with this pipe.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in machinery equipment and machinery supply. We have more than two decades providing professional solutions in The Guianas, the Caribbean, and Suriname, supplying brands like Performance Pipe, McElroy, Carboline, and more. With our years of experience working as exporters and purchasing agents, we look forward to supplying your company with robust, quality products and solutions at the best prices. Call 305-570-3831 for additional information on our product selection, or saving money with industrial equipment rentals.

The McElroy DataLogger and Its Fusion Operation Performance

If you are not subscribing to McElroy’s YouTube channel, a number of helpful and insightful videos that may help improve your productivity and reduce costs are going ignored, all focusing on demonstrating how McElroy solutions help boost operations on nearly every work site.

One of the most recent videos posted by McElroy, for instance, provides a deeper look into how the robustly efficient DataLogger® and McElroy Vault™ features contribute to pipe fusion jobs. The video will use an hour of your time and goes into depth about problems and how these challenges are handled by the DataLogger while increasing efficiency.

A new and updated version of DataLogger was recently unveiled by McElroy. The enhanced battery life on the DataLogger 7 is one of the first items users can find, which means there isn’t as great of a need to use precious time to charge the tablet, allowing more time to be used toward capturing joint fusion information.

Whether you own a PC or Mac, you know that data loss may occur at any time and sometimes at the most ill-timed of moments. The DataLogger 7 has a microSD card that backs up important data to guarantee the data can be transferred to the cloud for safekeeping until you’re linked to the Internet.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in machinery equipment and machinery supply. We have more than two decades providing professional solutions in The Guianas, the Caribbean, and Suriname, supplying brands like Performance Pipe, McElroy, Carboline, and more. With our years of experience working as exporters and purchasing agents, we look forward to supplying your company with robust, quality products and solutions at the best prices. Call 305-570-3831 for additional information on our product selection, or saving money with industrial equipment rentals.

McElroy Optimized Cooling Improves Performance

It is necessary to be completely aware that the time used by each joint is automatically connected during the fusion process to the cooling process used. The overall productivity of the workplace will be diminished unless we obey the times specified in the ASTM guidelines. Improving this cooling time is also the most realistic means of boosting the fusion cycle.

To calculate it in real-time, the Datalogger uses a patented cooling algorithm, taking into consideration the most opportune times based on what machinery equipment is used, the conditions of the worksite, and thermal submergence time. The algorithm used is an equation that illustrates the precise times it takes to cool a pipe’s middle, making it secure to handle and enabling you to switch to the next joint.

McElroy specialists, with the assistance of researchers, have conducted thousands of fusion joint trials and tests. Thousands of data points and computer fluid dynamics models are analyzed by these studies to help understand the central temperatures of the tunnel. Therefore, McElroy’s engineered cooling system conforms to ASTM F2620-19, Note 10. These experiments help McElroy build the algorithm for the core cooling of a pipe wall with a joint resistance required at that time and temperature, which estimates time safely and reliably. It means handling is much simpler as well as improving safety for operators.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in machinery equipment and machinery supply. We have more than two decades providing professional solutions in The Guianas, the Caribbean, and Suriname, supplying brands like Performance Pipe, McElroy, Carboline, and more. With our years of experience working as exporters and purchasing agents, we look forward to supplying your company with robust, quality products and solutions at the best prices. Call 305-570-3831 for additional information on our product selection, or saving money with industrial equipment rentals.