Composter Automates Rotating Drum Operation

Composter automates rotating drum operation with the newly automated PLC Control Panel with Soft Touch Screen by XACT Systems.  The user friendly soft touch screen on the front of the control panel was designed for the BioReactor Composting System in order to give the operator easy access to a wide variety of critical data.  Data which is vital to the successful composting of solid organic waste.

Although composting is not a complicated process it is a fairly precise process in terms of balancing the few factors that impact it.  The control panel has been developed to provide more accurate monitoring of these factors to ensure the best results.  A quick reminder as to what those few factors are:  Carbon-Nitrogen ratio, moisture content, oxygen, operating temperatures, and particle size.  For a more detailed description of the parameters for successful composting, please follow this link to the XACT Composting System website page describing them.

In addition, the data collected from the monitoring can be sent to the operator’s cell phone or computer 24/7.  By making the data “portable”, the operator can be tracking the BioReactor’s operation while eating lunch!

These added features compound the benefits that the XACT BioReactor System already has.

  1. The BioReactor has the fastest decomposition time—it can compost organic waste in as little as 4 days. Compare this to traditional methods that can take upwards of a year!
  2. Odor control is also ensured by the continual rotation of the drum, which causes the organic material to tumble around inside.  This tumbling action ensures all the particles of the waste are exposed to oxygen at all times which is vital to a highly aerobic composting process and therefore an odor-free process.
  3. Pathogen and virus destruction are the foundations of our composting system. XACT In-Vessel Organics Composting follows the guidelines set down by the EPA to ensure pathogen and virus kill.
  4. Less manpower is required because the rotating vessel does all the work—one man can operate the entire process especially when the composter automates rotating drum operation.
  5. The XACT BioReactor uses a very, very low horsepower electric motor to operate.
  6. The vessel can be insulated which helps retain the high operating temperatures of 130°F+ (55°C+) required (this is the EPA standard for pathogen kill—3 days at 130°F). Because of the insulation, the XACT vessel does not need to be housed in a building, but the compost should be stored under cover.
  7. The process is natural and typically requires no added heat.
  8. Less land is required with the BioReactor rotating drum because the decomposition process occurs within the vessel, and less feedstock piles are required because material is processed so fast.
  9. Site requirements are minimal because of the compact size of the system, and because what little condensates are present are completely captured.
  10. Fantastic compost is the result because changeable weather conditions are not a consideration, and all the factors needed for great decomposition are optimized and controlled.

To learn more about how the composter automates rotating drum operation with the new control panel is super easy.  Just contact us by Cell: 613-391-1445 or email info@xactsystemscomposting.com.  Many many thanks!  D

composter automates rotating drum operation with control panel and soft screen

The Soft Touch Screen on the PLC Control Panel allows for easy access to data such as processing temperature, starting/stopping, correct loading (capacity), door opening/closing and more!

Compost Slaughterhouse Renderings & Carcasses

Compost Slaughterhouse Renderings & Carcasses completely using the BioReactor by XACT Systems.  It makes sense for an organic beef operation to choose to compost the renderings from its slaughter house because this method of organic waste management jives with the overall objectives and philosophy of the organic meat industry.

This BioReactor Composting System is designed to compost slaughterhouse renderings & carcasses. (The carcasses have to be small or cut up) It can also handle other organic wastes such as manure, spoiled feed etc.

This site layout illustrates the complete composting process of the organic waste material from the mixer, the BioReactor to the short term curing piles.

This type of composting system (using multiple rotating vessels) can be scaled to any size to handle any volume of waste material/amendments.  The BioReactor is available in many sizes.  The smallest BioReactor is 5′ diameter x 10′ long while the largest is 10′ diameter x 60′ long (1.5 m diameter x 3m long) to 3m diameter x 18 m long).

Site Layout Description

In this particular scenario, the entire operation is inside (this is not always necessary for all facilities).  In order to compost slaughterhouse renderings & carcasses, the waste/amendments are loaded into a mixer.  The purpose of this initial step is to blend the various waste materials into a homogenous mixture.  This mixture is then discharged onto a conveyor and conveyed up to the infeed opening which is located in the upper quadrant of the end of the BioReactor.  The BioReactor has fixed ends.  A consequence of this unique feature allows the vessel to big filled to 70% capacity.

Another unique feature of the BioReactor are the Blending Bars.  The rotating drum turns SLOWLY and this rotation with the help of the Blending Bars causes the mixture to tumble inside.  This tumbling action greatly facilitates the aerobic composting process.  There is ample oxygen available to the naturally occurring aerobic bacteria and they thrive–multiplying their population exponentially–and decomposing the waste material at a phenomenal speed.

In addition, the high temperatures (thermophilic) required to compost any waste successfully are easily maintained by the BioReactor using the Negative Ventilation Fan.  This fan is located at the discharge end of the BioReactor and can be ducted into a BioFilter if odour control is an issue.

When ready for discharge, the discharge door/auger opens/unloads the compost onto an incline conveyor.  Then the compost is piled and stored for a short term curing period.  Skid steers are used to handle the piles as needed.

Typically, the length of time from start to finish is under 30 days.  To learn more about various possibilities of a composting operation check out www.xactsystemscomposting.com

 

XACT Systems Exhibits the BioReactor: An Innovative Composter

Are You Attending the US Composting Conference in Jacksonville, FL next month?

If so, stop in at the XACT Systems booth and find out more about the innovative composter:  The BioReactor!  Learn how to successfully compost food, yard and all sorts of municipal waste (including biosolids) rapidly.

Composter will compost yard waste, food waste, biosludge, and biosolids.

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

When you compost solid organic waste using 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 and sell the resulting compost.  Because traditional methods of managing these wastes are incurring high costs, are creating health hazards and odor problems in the surrounding communities, there is a need to treat these huge volumes of organic waste with technological innovation.

The BioReactor Composter

The BioReactor Composter is a slowly 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. This composter makes an ideal environment for the oxygen-loving bacteria to thrive and decompose the material in a highly aerobic process. The BioReactor will compost large volumes of organic waste quickly, and will do so without the occurrence of hazardous leachates or foul doors.

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. The compost no longer has harmful bacteria in it to cause disease so it can be spread on land close to water sources.

* 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 US Composting Conference in Jacksonville January 25-28, 2016, please visit us at booth 722.  Hope to see you there!

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

Urban Composting Can Capitalize on the New Trend of Urban Farming

Urban composting with the BioReactor by XACT offers savvy businesses the opportunity to capitalize on the growing trend for local food production better know as Urban Farming.  Let’s talk about this new Local Food Movement and then see how the BioReactor fits into the picture.

A new study from The Ohio State University suggests that most modern cities have the potential to grow up to 100 percent of their current needs for produce and other items.  The study, “Can cities become self-reliant in food?,” conducted by Parwinder Grewal, professor of entomology and director of the Center for Urban Environment and Economic Development at Ohio State University, suggests that a city such as Cleveland, OH, could produce most of the food its citizens need.

The report states that “While not trivial, current local food production only accounts for 1.7 percent ($1.5 million) of the $89 million Cleveland spends annually on fresh produce, and 0.1 percent of the city’s total food and beverage expenditures. However, the potential for food self-reliance is significantly higher considering available space in the city.”

The study determined that Cleveland has more than 3,000 acres of vacant lots that are the result of years of manufacturing job losses, the recent economic downturn and a high rate of home foreclosures. He also found 2,900 acres of flat rooftops.

This study indicates that “the city can prevent economic leakage anywhere from $27 million to $115 million annually by increasing its production of fresh produce, poultry and honey. This could boost the city’s economy and lead to increased job creation.”  In addition, local food production has many other benefits, such as boosting access to and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables; cut obesity rates due to consumption of healthy food and increased physical activity; promote a sense of community and decrease crime activity; and raise property values as vacant lots are put to attractive and productive use.

Urban farming can also reduce human impact on the environment. Professor Grewal said food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles from the farm to the consumer’s plate, requiring large amounts of fuel and energy for transportation and refrigeration. Additionally, increasing green space in the city through farms and gardens can boost carbon storage in the soil, reduce problems associated with stormwater runoff, and curtail the urban heat island effect.

“Just like the organic food movement, where it was about five to six years ago, the local food movement is gaining a similar type of momentum right now, and every city has the potential to at least increase its local self-sufficiency and resilience by producing its own food.”

This study certainly makes sense, and the BioReactor Mini, such as the 510 or 515  makes it a viable economic and environmental business endeavor.  All the features of the XACT BioReactor scream “Urban”.  From the fast throughput to the quiet operation to the odorless processing there is no better composting system for organic waste conversion.  Couple the BioReactor technology with the staggering food waste produced from schools, restaurants, hospitals, and grocery stores and then utilize the finished compost for Urban Farm–it makes cents (lots of them)!

XACT BioReactor Turns Waste Into Revenue

No doubt, you have heard this:  Waste is not waste until you waste it!  This is so true.  If your operation is generating a solid organic waste material, don’t just get rid of it because it can be converted to a revenue generating commodity.  Don’t waste your waste….compost it with the XACT BioReactor.  No matter whether the material is food waste, biosolids, manure, or any solid organic, it can be successfully composted.  The BioReactor allows you to compost on your site using a very small footprint and do so in a fast, quiet, odor-free fashion.  The other good news is that composting with the BioReactor pencils very, very well.  By eliminating typical haulage costs, tipping fees, storage costs etc, you can realize a timely return on your investment.  If the next step is then taken–that is marketing the compost, the added revenue generated by the sales of the superior compost that the BioReactor creates goes straight to your bottom line.  Remarkably, it truly is all good, so I encourage you to investigate this opportunity.

Waste not, want not!  Many thanks.  D

What Amendments for Composting Would You Use?

Here at XACT Systems, we are regularly asked about amendments for composting organic waste.  Will I need them?  What will I use?  How much will I use?  You get the picture.

The short answer is…it depends (not useful information).  The long answer is that amendments are required when the C:N ratio of the waste itself is not close to the ideal ratio of 25:1.  When this is the case, which amendment to use and how much is calculated using the C:N ratio of the amendment in conjunction with that of the waste.   The website of Cornell University Composting website is an excellent resource in general and specifically has an index of a multitude of amendments and their typical characteristics (originally developed by the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Services ).  Or save yourself some time, and let me send you this Table as a PDF.

Just as important from a business stand point, the amendment you most want to use is the one where it costs you nothing to obtain it, or better yet, one that you are being paid to dispose of for a 3rd party.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss your particular composting challenges and how the in-vessel rotating BioReactor by XACT can serve your purposes.  XACT Systems is dedicated to helping you acheive a SUCCESSFUL trouble-free, neighborhood-friendly composting process.

Many thanks.  D

XACT Systems Has a New Website & New Video

Check out the new website with the new video of the XACT BioReactor for making compost from waste.  Please feel free to contact us and ask for the full length video to show your colleagues and/or boss.  It could be the best move you make for the success of your company and you!

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