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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

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.

The Robust In-Ditch 1600

Along with the ongoing improvements to its DataLogger 6 tablet, McElroy also made the news last year after debuting the new In-Ditch 1600. This powerful tool is intended to fuse large diameter pipe as large as 65” OD in closer quarter environments and is particularly suited for customers needing a solution for neighborhoods with numerous turning roadways.

With the In-Ditch 1600, contractors have a robust tool to butt fuse fittings, tie-ins, and flanges for significantly less than typical electrofusion fittings in the particular diameter. It features a two-jaw carriage plus a facer and heater that’s top-loaded for greater flexibility. The In-Ditch 1600 can fuse onto just 15” of exposed pipe with very little excavation requisites. It also features several lifting points, a roll cage to protect the hydraulics and carriage and over 29,000 pounds of clamping force per jaw. Speaking of the DataLogger, the In-Ditch 1600 is compatible with the tablet to record fusion process steps.

If you need more information on McElroy tools and machines beyond the In-Ditch 1600, please contact us.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in industrial 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 industrial equipment rentals.

The Differences Between Polypropylene and Polyethylene

As 2020 approaches, you may be thinking about expanding your knowledge of pipes and their differences. We’ve discussed polyethylene pipe, but there may be ambiguity among those who are just beginning with the many benefits of HDPE. There is also polypropylene, a word that still has its distinct characteristics, yet sounds very close to polyethylene.

Polypropylene is, in fact, a type of plastic, similar to polyethylene. Unlike polyethylene, however, after it has reached a certain temperature, polypropylene can mold. This will once again become solid after the material has cooled down. Therefore, it can be used as a type of plastic or it can be used as a fabric. It also has a significantly higher melting pot than polyethylene and is known for its good stability. For starters, this plastic can be opened and closed several times without a problem when used as a hinge.

Polyethylene and polypropylene have many similarities in terms of physical properties. However, as mentioned above, for example, the former is better able to withstand certain conditions, such as the cold. Often suitable for use as an electrical insulator is polyethylene.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in industrial 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 industrial equipment rentals.

A Closer Look at Butt Fusion

Under the broader umbrella of plastic welding, the butt fusion process involves heating two different plastic components; typically either two pipes or a tube and a fitting. Historically, this process has been applied mainly to polyethylene, but there has been an exponential growth of polypropylene recently. Nevertheless, most thermoplastic pipes are usually involved in the process.

At its simplest level, heat is applied simultaneously to the ends of both parts by an electrical heating plate until melting takes place. A heater plate is then removed and pressure is applied over a certain time, resulting in what is called “welded beads.” If rightly constructed, the joint has a standard appearance that is typically used for safety inspections or audits. While the temperature, pressure and time specifics vary on the polymeric material, the fundamentals do not differ.

A butt fusion welding machine is used for larger pipes to enable accurate control of several additional factors like ovality and alignment, the squareness of the surface, heat soak time and the heater plate temperature, to name a few.

It is also important to ensure that your materials and work surfaces are contaminant-free and that all critical criteria are correctly followed to ensure a high-quality joint. These factors are all combined regularly when properly designed and maintained equipment is used by a trained and certified joiner. It will be as powerful and ductile as the original pipe once a proper welded joint operation is performed.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in industrial 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 industrial equipment rentals.

Optimum Productivity with McElroy Machines

Why are McElroy machines relied on by hundreds of thousands of customers? They get the job done faster, safer, and with less necessary cooling time. To give you a brief idea of how these machines take care of important jobs compared to standard machines, let’s elaborate a bit.

With hydraulic jaws, McElroy machines have no issue safely clamping around the pipe at once. Standard machines often require individual tightening of each clamp, thereby reducing productivity and efficiency.

Like the jaws, the Facer movement is powered hydraulically which means lowering and raising can be done in mere seconds. In standard machines, extra equipment like cranes needd to be placed and removed, taking more time and creating potentially dangerous conditions for workers.

McElroy machines propel themselves on a tough track system able to move without issue even on rugged terrain, which means it can move across fusion points with little issue. Standard hydraulic machines requiring loading and moving by truck, which takes extra time.

On job sites, time is typically of the essence and sticking to budget is imperative. You may find an upfront investment in a McElroy machine will save you thousands of dollars in the long-term.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in industrial 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 industrial equipment rentals.

Benefits of the DataLogger 6

In the past, we’ve talked about how the McElroy DataLogger® 6 can prove vital in keeping your pipeline fusion data organized and accurate. In case you need some more examples of how the Android-powered tablet can help you, let’s take a look at a few examples.

The DataLogger accesses all of the pipe fusion data from the cloud. Furthermore, you can review fusion graph data in real-time. This means that someone such as a training supervisor can quickly review joint reports as well as confirm that all fusion parameters are met without having to physically be at the location where the fusion operation was performed.

Data logging is imperative to today’s pipeline operators and contractors. This step ensures proper accountability, validation, and integrity of a pipeline. It also encourages high-quality operators with the proper skills to erect pipeline infrastructures that service customers professionally and reliability The DataLogger saves all aspects of the operation and reinforces the essential need of quality control by allowing users to keep track of all fusions in a centralized solution.

Miami International Machinery & Equipment Corporation (MIMECO) specializes in industrial 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, industrial equipment rentals, or industrial products online.