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Tigercat releases 6040 Carbonizer

Tigercat releases 6040 Carbonizer
The Tigercat 6040 Carbonizer (image courtesy Tigercat).

Canada-based forest machinery manufacturer Tigercat Industries Inc. (Tigercat) has announced the official release of its 6040 Carbonizer. This long awaited product replaces the 6050 carbonator that Tigercat marketed for a brief time after acquiring the product through the purchase of Ragnar Original Innovations (ROI) in 2019.

According to the company, the mobile 6040 Carbonizer woody debris reduction and conversion system produces high-quality organic carbon with up to 90 percent material reduction.

A solution for converting unwanted logging and agriculture residue into a useful, high-grade organic carbon that can be left on-site as a soil additive or marketed for different commercial uses, the process captures 20 to 30 percent of the available carbon in the feedstock furthering the goals of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.

Addresses performance-related issues

The redesigned innovative conversion process operates at high throughput levels and generates very low emissions as the gasses are combusted in the controlled combustion zone.

According to Tigercat, the 6040 Carbonizer redesign addresses performance-related issues experienced in the original design and allows modular replacement over time.

The grates in the carbonizing chamber are now made up of seven different sections that can be rotated 180 degrees to balance wear and extend life. Individual sections can be replaced as required.

The undercarriage, auger trough, and conveyor system are all bolt-on sections to the main carbonizing chamber frame. Everything can be separated for service and replacement if required.

The modular bolt-on design also allows for differing expansion rates of these major components.

The replaceable thermal ceramic panel seal plate design has been improved, reducing panel wear.

The composition of the panels has been altered to decrease back-face temperature while storing and utilizing more of the thermal energy produced during the carbonizing process.

This provides a more stable and sustained temperature within the carbonizing chamber. The result is increased efficiency, higher infeed rates, reduced emissions, and a greater yield of higher quality organic carbon.

The auger trough is designed for minimal air leakage, assisting with under-air efficiency, and further defining the secondary combustion zone, while reducing hotspots that could form from an inefficient base pressure or vacuum.

Unlike the 6050, the auger trough, where the quenching process takes place, is entirely sealed. Once the organic carbon drops through the grates, it is fully quenched by the water bath.

An onboard hydraulic water supply pump and integrated automatic water level control system reduce water consumption by about 50 percent compared with the 6050. Automated water fill, level control, and water retention provide the operator with a window of time to replenish the water supply if required.

The adjustable conveyor simplifies the handling and management of the organic carbon product. It pivots 105 degrees from side to side, can be raised or lowered, and folds for transport without detachment from the machine frame.

Temperature control sensors are located throughout the machine. This, coupled with the Tigercat-designed operating software and telematics system, improves data access and customer support.

The 6040 Carbonizer development also emphasized parts commonality among other Tigercat products including pumps, motors, valves, and filters, simplifying parts inventory management at the dealer and end-user levels.

The overall machine weight has been reduced from 43 550 kg (96,000 lb) to 37 650 kg (83,000 lb). Extended track frames improve load distribution on the trailer and reduce soil compaction on the ground.

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