Are You Attending the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta This Week?

Are You Attending the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta This Week?

If so, stop in at the Farmer Automatic booth in Hall C booth number C13007 and learn how to successfully compost all poultry waste.   There, you will find us, XACT Systems Inc. and the awesome BioReactor.

Compost poultry litter and much more with the BioReactor composting technology by XACT

BioReactor Composting System with In-feed and Discharge Conveyors, BioFilter & Future Expansion Capability.

When you compost poultry litter and all your other poultry waste with the BioReactor, you will realize economic benefits (always a good thing),  and environmental benefits.  Converting waste into quality compost allows you to capitalize on the nutrient value of the waste.  Because traditional methods of managing these wastes are incurring high costs, are creating health hazards and odor problems in the surrounding communities, and are causing damage to the environment, there is a need to treat these huge volumes of organic waste with technological innovation.

The BioReactor Composting System

The BioReactor Composting System is a rotating drum that converts any solid organic waste into compost.  It complies with the fundamentals of composting* regulations by tightly controlling the parameters of the composting process. The BioReactor makes an ideal environment for the oxygen-loving bacteria to thrive and decompose the material. The BioReactor will process large volumes of organic waste quickly, and will do so without the occurrence of hazardous leachates.

On Wednesday, January 28th, XACT Systems will make a presentation  describing 2 separate pilot projects that were conducted on poultry farms composting various types of poultry waste. One test took place in Brazil and the other in New York State. The test results proved that the BioReactor composting system will compost organic poultry waste in 7 days (or less), and will produce a light fluffy compost that is pathogen-free (including salmonella and coliforms), odor-free, weed-seed free, insect larvae-fee and mature. Indeed, the compost bears no resemblance to the waste from which it was produced.

This compost has tremendous value if sold in bags or bulk because it makes an excellent soil amendment due to its organic matter and nutrient content. Indeed, the compost no longer has harmful bacteria in it to cause disease so can be spread on land close to water sources. Because the BioReactor is situated on site, the cost of hauling poultry waste is eliminated. Depending on the facility’s situation, the compost can be used on site or sold to others.

* Composting is defined as a process of biological decomposition of biodegradable organic fraction of the waste, carried out by a diverse population of organisms under controlled aerobic conditions and other parameters (ratio of carbon: nitrogen, moisture, temperature, pH, particle size, porosity, homogeneity of the mixture).

If you are planning to go to the International Poultry Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta January 27-29, 2015, please consider attending the presentation and visiting us at booth C13007.  We will be at the Farmer Automatic booth in Hall C…again the booth number is C13007.  Hope to see you there!

In-Vessel Composters to Compost Palm Fruit Bundles

These in-vessel composters of XACT Systems are being manufactured in our Mexico plant, and will be composting the spent fruit bundles from palm oil production.  After the oil has been extracted from the fruit, the tons and tons of fruit bundle waste will be loaded into the XACT in-vessel composter and converted into rich earthy compost.  The compost will be a terrific soil amendment because it adds organic matter and nutrients back into the soil.  The soil is healthier thus the crops are healthier, more resistant to disease, and will produce higher yields.  So, not only will the XACT BioReactor solve the organic waste problem, it is also improving  crop production.

This link will take you to a document describing research done in 2006 regarding palm oil production and composting the spent fruit bundles.

http://www.biomass-asia-workshop.jp/biomassws/03workshop/material/tanaka.pdf

Actually, the in-vessel composter by XACT can compost any solid organic waste.  In this case, fruit bundles will be composted, but the BioReactor can also compost other agricultural waste such as green waste, spoiled feed, manure and mortalities.  In the  commercial sector, the BioReactor quickly composts food waste, fish waste, paper, leaf and yard waste, grass clippings and so on.

Composting palm fruit bundles

The production of palm oil creates tons of fruit bundle waste which needs to be sustainably managed. The operation where these 2 BioReactors by XACT will be going have wisely chosen to compost their waste. The finished compost can then be spread on the land to enhance future crop production.

Composting agricultural waste.

In-Vessel composters engineered by XACT Systems are ruggedly built to handle tons and tons of waste. The BioReactors turn slowly and in a 4 to 7 day period will compost raw organic waste into rich fluffy compost. These 2 composters are going to a palm oil production facility. They will be used to compost the spent fruit bundles from which the oil is extracted.

 

 

Each BioReactor is 10′ diameter x 40′ long.  The drum turns very slowly while the ends of the drum remain stationary.  This allows for the filling capacity to reach 70% of the volume of the vessel. The typical daily operation of a BioReactor begins by unloading a specific portion of the compost using the discharge door followed by loading the daily volume of waste material in to the BioReactor at the in-feed end.  The waste material remains in the BioReactor 3 to 7 days depending on the properties of the waste material.

Once this installation gets up and running, I will get pictures and post them so that you can see how well the operation is working.  Until then…check out our website for more information on some of our other installations.  Many thanks for your interest today!

In-Vessel Composting System is Put Through Its Paces and Performs Well

Our In-Vessel Composting System Is Being Put Through Its Paces and Performs Well

XACT’s in-vessel composting system is being put to the test in a pilot project using various solid organic materials and amendments.  One of the tests included small animal/bird mortalities as a feedstock.  Recently, one of the superb composts produced used the following feedstocks:

Composting food waste and other organic solid waste with the Compact BioReactor.

In-Vessel Composting System Using XACT Systems’ BioReactor for a
Pilot Project to Test Various Organic Waste Including Food Waste.

This project has been implemented  to confirm the BioReactor’s performance and to determine best practises for the composting process protocols  and feedstocks.  This in-vessel composting system is comprised of a 5′ diameter  x 10′ long vessel, a mixer and conveyor and is situated in a hoop building.  It has been running tests for approximately 6 months trouble free.  Satisfied with the pilot project results, this company is ready to take on the full “meal deal” and   get started commercially on a large scale with a 1060 BioReactor.

The Value of Pilot Projects

Pilot projects allow a facility to:

An in-vessel composting system, such as the Compact BioReactor, lend itself perfectly for pilot projects:

  1. The system is totally self-contained.  Typically, a mixer and conveyor come with the rotating drum in order to facilitate blending and loading.
  2. The BioReactor composting system comes completely wired and ready to go….just plug and play! (3 phase or single phase options)
  3. This composting system comes equipped with variable speed return air fan.
  4. The friction drive systems has extremely low energy requirements.
  5. The system is very quiet and pristine.
  6. The Compact composting system can be place on a flat bed trailer and moved from site to site.

 

 

 

XACT Systems Composter Seminar at the Waste Expo 2015

The Waste Expo 2015 in Atlanta features a seminar afternoon on the 29th of April.   In the 1:00 pm slot will be a presentation showing the advantages of XACT Systems’ in-vessel composter (BioReactor) and the various installations we have around the world .  This presentation will take place on Tuesday (the first day of the show) in the Organic Waste Management section.

Booth 5440.  Look for this logo in the Organic Management section at the Waste Expo 2015

Look for this logo in Booth 5440 in the Organic Management section at the Waste Expo 2015

XACT SYSTEMS BOOTH

Our booth 5440 is also located in this section….just keep a lookout for our logo.  So if you would like to discuss your particular composting project as well as learn about the BioReactor technology and installations around the world, please stop by.

COMPOST SAMPLES

We will have samples of compost made from food waste, other organic waste and amendments in the BioReactor in just 4 to 5 days.  Come see it for yourself so that you can appreciate its potential dollar value, soil value, and plant value.  For those of you looking for free passes to the show, simply get in touch with me and I will see that you get all that you need.  www.xactsystemscomposting.com.  Remember the Waste Expo 2015 begins on April 29th and runs for 3 days.  Hope to see you there!  Many thanks, D

XACT Systems In-Vessel Composting System Exhibits at Waste Expo 2014 in Atlanta, GA

The BioReactor is an In-vessel, rotating drum composting technology by XACT Systems.

The BioReactor is an In-vessel, rotating drum composting technology by XACT Systems.

The Waste Expo 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia will showcase XACT Systems BioReactor later this month. The dates of the show are April 29 – May 1. You are welcome to check out the latest innovations of the BioReactor Composting System by coming to our booth # 5440 which is located in the Organics Waste Management section of the show. The BioReactor will compost food waste, biosolids, yard waste, wood waste and more. Check out our website for a complete listing of the types of solid organic waste that can be composted successfully with our in-vessel rotating drum composting technology. wwww.xactsystemscomposting.com. Hope to see you there!
Free Passes
If you would like a free pass into the show (and save yourself some bucks), please get in touch with me as I have plenty of free passes to share….phone #’s and email address are listed below.  Many thanks.  D

Food Waste Composting: Fast, Easy, Minimal Odor

Food Waste Composting with XACT Systems BioReactor is Fast, Easy, Minimal Odor

…but you don’t have to take my word for it!  Here is a letter we just received from the operations manager of Alaska Waste describing their operation and their experience with the BioReactor composting food waste and horse manure.

“At the Alaska Waste headquarters in Anchorage, Alaska, we use the XACT composting system that allows us to produce just over 1 million pounds of raw, immature compost annually. We began production in January 2009 and have been able to consistently produce quality compost at a rate of 30yd3  per 5 day work week with only one technician and one cleaning laborer. The technician drives the green waste collection route as well as grinds/mixes the compost ingredients, offloads and stockpiles the raw compost, and maintains the equipment. The cleaning laborer is required due to the fact our operation is indoors and located in midtown Anchorage, which demands minimal odor. We receive our brown waste from environmentally conscience companies looking for an alternative to the local landfill.

The XACT system has required only preventative maintenance with no extended lost production repairs. In fact, most of our maintenance and safety concerns are related to the conveyers that are responsible for the loading and offloading of the vessel. If properly maintained the XACT system will last for decades of continuous operation. It is a simple and very efficient means to producing high grade compost in considerably less time than traditional methods.”

This BioReactor is composting food waste.

This BioReactor is composting food waste.

Exhaust Duct at Discharge End of the In vessel Composter.
Exhaust Duct at Discharge End of the Invessel Composter.

 

Compost or Dried Dairy Manure For Bedding The Herd

Manure composted for bedding the dairy herd using the BioReactor by XACT.

Manure composted for bedding the dairy herd using the BioReactor by XACT.

Compost or Dried Dairy Manure For Bedding The Herd

The BioReactor will make bedding to meet the a farmers specifications.  By adjusting the time that the manure is kept in the BioReactor, either dried or composted bedding is produced.

Quick Time:  If you choose to simply dry the manure for bedding then the manure is kept in the BioReactor for a shorter period of time (18 to 24 hours).

Compost Time:  If you choose to convert the manure to compost that is pathogen free then the manure is kept in the BioReactor for 72 hours at a temperature of 150o F (55o C).  This protocol is based on the “Time and Temperature” standards set down by the EPA. Cows like the light fluffy texture of compost for bedding.  Because it is sanitized (proven pathogen free), managing the herd’s health is easier and less worrisome.

The BioReactor offers farmers a choice of beddings.  Either way, the BioReactor is the better technology for solid manure management.

 

 

The BioReactor Makes Ecological and Economical Sustainability Possible.

The BioReactor Makes Ecological and Economical Sustainability Possible.

Sustainable organic waste management–in the real world–has to converge 2 notions of sustainability.  The 1st is ecological sustainability and the 2nd is economic sustainability.  With XACT’s BioReactor composting technology, this dual purpose sustainability is not only possible but profitable!

Superb Green Roof Design

Superb Green Roof Design

Let’s consider, for example, the green roof industry.  A building owner chooses to have a green roof installed.  Construction begins using a soil substrate for the plants.  What if the soil substrate included compost made from organic waste which was generated by the occupants and/or operations of the building itself?   Now that is an exciting sustainable concept!

This is where the BioReactor enters the picture.  The BioReactor is ideally suited to an urban setting.  because the:

• Waste is quickly processed with automatic feeders and off loaded with no on-site peripheral contamination.

• Equipment meets OSHA Safety Standards.

• Remarkably small electric motors power the drive(s) so that the operation is quiet.

• The BioReactor has a professional finish and the installation is pristine in appearance.

By composting solid organic waste (food waste, paper, leaf and yard waste etc.) with the help of the BioReactor, you can turn raw waste into rich pathogen-free, sanitized compost in 4 to 7 days.

Plus, soil amended with good quality compost produces healthier plants. This picture compares 2

Plantings in soil amended with compost!

Plantings in soil amended with compost!

types of plantings.  The 3 rows of plants on the left were placed in pots in soil that had been amended with compost and the single row of plants on the right were placed in pots with soil only.  The difference in the health of the plantings is clearly visible, and there is much scientific study and data to prove the benefits of compost for plant better growth, and better resistance to pests and drought to be true time and time again.

No doubt by now, you have figured out  the economics/cost savings with respect to the:

Typically, the BioReactor will pay for itself in under 3 years which is better than industry standard.

This is just one example of how the BioReactor can make sustainable organic waste management both ecological and economical. Please feel free to get in touch with us to explore these opportunites for your next project. Many thanks, D.

 

I Want 3 Tractor Trailer Loads of This Compost Right Away!

Last fall we were at a trade show and on the table of our booth we had a bucket of fresh compost from our customer’s BioReactor.  It was great looking compost–dry, fluffy, no odor and so on.  So, a gentleman walked by the booth, took one look at the compost and said, “I want 3 tractor trailer loads of this compost right away!”  We were flabbergasted.  This man was in the business of growing organic hops for an organic beer brewer, and the compost from the BioReactor was just what he needed to boost the health of his soil and get better crop yields.  What really got him enthusiastic was the quality of the compost and that he could get all that he wanted so close to his farm.

Compost Discharged After 4 Days

Compost Discharged After 4 Days

You see, our customer is composting the manure from a 1700 cow dairy herd, and there is lots and lots and lots of compost being produced from the manure on a daily basis.  Typically, upon discharge after 4 days, the compost is about 75% mature which means all the pathogens have been killed, the weed seeds are destroyed and there is virtually no odor.  This compost is ready to spread on a field and is an excellent soil amendment from so many perspectives…moisture retention, organics booster, nutrient value, suppresses plant disease, controls weeds, balances the soils pH and improve the soil structure.    This compost has tremendous value which positively impacts the bottom line–and this hop grower knew that.  Needless to say, we connected the hops grower to our customer.

Time after time, we get asked by people who are evaluating the prospect of composting solid organic waste (regardless of what the waste is), they wonder “What can I do with the compost?”  They don’t realize the value of the product they are making because they are only focused on finding a solution to get rid of the troublesome waste.  But, by making GOOD compost from the waste, they now have created an opportunity to make money from the product (compost) in addition to solving their waste management problem.  Evidently, there a many markets available to compost producers, and it is just a matter of making the connection.  When the composting operation makes consistent high quality compost such as that which can be produced by the BioReactor, the customers may indeed beat a path to your door!   Many thanks for you time today, and please let me know if we can be of any help to you with your waste management problems, AND marketing your compost!  D

 

 

 

New Video of the XACT BioReactor

Next week, we will be visiting the dairy farm in Wisconsin that recently purchased the 10′ x 60′ BioReactor by XACT.  It will be the first time we have seen it in action on the farm, so we are really looking forward to it. The top priority while there is to video the mammoth BioReactor rotating with the load of manure and capturing the infeed and discharge procedures.  Also, the new 4-D Friction Drives which are powering the BioReactor with only 3 hp motors on each drive will be of featured on the video as well.  Finally, I would like to get the movement of the discharge door on the video too.  Because it is such a simple (boring) machine that is it for moving parts.  If you would like to get a copy of the video, just let me know.  Better yet, if you want to see the BioReactor in action on the farm just get in touch any time.  Of course, I will get still photos as well, and will share them with you soon.  Many thanks, D

Tel: 1-613-399-5686   •   Or: 1-613-391-1445   •   Email: info@xactsystemscomposting.com