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General Kinematics Success Story – Dania, FL

Teamwork gets long-term results when it comes to advanced vibratory technology engineered and manufactured by General Kinematics. For proof, look no further than the recycle/waste management facility in Dania, Florida, where since 2002, they’ve been successfully processing the toughest C&D material for 14 years. That may not seem like a long time until you consider that this facility goes through about 1,000 to 1,200 tons of rugged material each day and have been doing so without ever replacing the original General Kinematic vibratory screens until the summer of 2016.

Paul Valenti, Senior District Manager for Waste Management of Florida understands the significance of such cost-saving durability. “There is nobody in the industry who’s run their finger screens in a C&D environment for as long as we have, as well as, putting the amount of volume through those screens. We’ve been running this system for 14 years and have put an estimated 5million tons through it. We’ve only just replaced the original screens with brand new GK units.”

Bob Huffer, General Kinematics Eastern Regional Sales Manager supports the claim: “1,000 to 1,200 tons a day of abusive C&D debris loaded directly from a grapple runs through the GK screens at this facility. That really tells a huge story of General Kinematics, the robustness of the machines, and the working closely together in a partnership with Waste Management. It’s this kind of teamwork that ensures the maintenance of the machines so they stay in good condition over that fourteen year period of time.”

Harnessing the power of GK equipment and engineering, this facility doesn’t shy away from receiving and processing the toughest materials a construction site, homeowner rebuild, or a house rebuild can generate.

Mr. Valenti elaborates on the benefits of efficiency: “For our average uptime/downtime, we like to strive for about ten percent of our week. If we have 90% efficiency running, that’s what we look for. I do recommend the GK equipment for the simple reason that it’s robust and stands up to the impact and the wear and tear of construction and demolition debris. Not only that, anybody can build the best machine out there, but you need the service to back it up; You need the people who understand what the customer’s needs are. General Kinematics certainly does.”

Another hallmark of General Kinematics is the cost-saving benefit of the interchangeability of GK parts between multiple sites and multiple machines, which helps minimize the amount of spare parts Waste Management has taking up space in their facility. For example, GK has taken two finger screens from another project and put them to smart use on the fourteen-year-old existing support structure where two differently designed screens once existed.

“That’s why I think it’s a win-win for both Waste Management and GK,” says Paul Valenti. “Building that relationship, working together to find the right solutions, and meshing the two so that it becomes a long-term success working with a proven piece of equipment. It’s a great relationship.”

General Kinematics Corporation, incorporated in 1960, was established to market, design, and custom fabricate innovative vibratory equipment for the foundry, recycling, mining, and processing industries. Today the company continues as one of the world’s largest suppliers of vibratory processing equipment and has evolved into an industry-leading EPC firm. Headquartered in Crystal Lake, IL, General Kinematics has seven global locations providing engineering and support to a world-wide customer base. GK is a third generation, family-owned company and is ISO 9001 certified.

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