Tigercat launches 6050 Carbonator for materials reduction
Canada-headed forest machinery manufacturer Tigercat Industries Inc.(Tigercat) has recently launched the 6050 Carbonator, a unique, cost-effective and eco-friendly solution that reduces wood debris volume onsite through an environmentally friendly carbon sequestration process with no material pre-processing required. The unit is the first product offering from Tigercat’s new material processing equipment line-up.
In October 2019, Tigercat revealed that it had acquired US-based Ragnar Original Innovations (ROI), a company founded by Anders Ragnarsson – founder and former owner of Continental Biomass Industries –CBI (now a brand within Terex Corporation) – that manufactures material processing machinery used in the construction, forestry and recycling industries.
With the deal, Tigercat gained a foothold into the expansive material handling and processing sector.
Tigercat’s 6050 Carbonator is the first product offering from the company’s new material processing equipment line-up. The volume of logs, limbs, brush, stumps, yard waste, pallets, clean lumber, and other clean wood-based debris can be reduced by 90-95 percent. The remaining carbon-based output – often referred to as biochar – sequesters the captured carbon.
Because there is no resulting organic decay, along with the associated release of greenhouse gasses (GHGs), Tigercat believes that this carbonization process represents the lowest carbon footprint of any competing material reduction method.
The 6050 efficiently processes wood debris at high throughput rates. Under air and over-air fans create optimal conditions to maximize carbon content in the output. The 6050 is equipped with replaceable thermo-ceramic panels rated to 1 650°C (3,000°F).
A quenching system cools the end product to near ambient temperatures for handling, while further improving the quality of the carbon-based output. An optional conveyor system is available for output collection. Operator friendly, it has a full remote control for all functions including machine travel. A live stream video monitoring system provides full visibility for easy feeding.
It is a single step sequestration process done onsite. A cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution that reduces debris transportation and disposal costs, said Anders Ragnarsson, Vice President, Material Processing Products at Tigercat.
The Tigercat 6050 carbonator can be used for a variety of different applications including forestry and land clearing, construction and demolition, agriculture, and primary and secondary mill residue.