Takuya Sugiyama, Division Head, Recycling Plant Business, Tbm, adds: “The plant roof is quite low, so there wasn’t much space between the ballistic separator and the ceiling. At first, we thought we might have to remove part of the roof to place the machine, but Stadler’s commissioning team made the installation without any additional work. We at TBM greatly appreciate their effort!”
Stadler’s ingenuity in the design and build stages has paid off and the plant has been completed to Tbm’s satisfaction: Takuya Sugiyama has expressed particular appreciation for the “European cutting-edge, beautiful design, the simple material flow and high levels of safety standards. Every small detail is designed beautifully. Everyone who visits the plant feels the same and gives us positive comments. This makes us happy to have worked with Stadler.”
A state-of-the-art plant delivered on a tight scheduleThe project presented several operational challenges, beginning with logistics issues and component shortages: “Because of the global supply chain situation, it was difficult to source some components,” says Ursina Mutzner. “The warm commissioning was also challenging because of the shortage of test material, but we found ways of making it all work and have the plant installed and ready on time,” adds Megumi Sasaki, Japanese Adviser for Stadler.
Takuya Sugiyama agrees: “Stadler completed commissioning on schedule with a small but efficient team! It was amazing to take only 18 weeks from beginning to hand-over as originally planned. We felt Stadler’s professionalism every day at the plant.”
A collaborative approach from the very first contact to post-commissioning follow upStadler views its relationship with customers as a true partnership and will go out of its way to ensure they make the right decisions for their business and operation. For this project, it organized a visit for Tbm’s team to view a similar plant it had built in Hyūga, in order to see first-hand the results they could achieve at their Yokosuka facility. Takuya Sugiyama found this very useful in making a choice: “We visited many sorting plants, and it was obvious that Stadler’s plant has the highest level of operation excellence based on its great experience and know-how developed through their global business. We were also amazed at how beautiful Stadler’s plant is.”
When developing the design, Stadler conducted tests in Germany and then went the extra mile by testing Tbm’s materials at the plant in Hyüga Takuya Sugiyama was very impressed: “We already had a good feeling about the Stadler plant, but the test gave us confidence on our decision and important evidence of what they could do for us.”
Stadler also provided extensive training to Tbm’s operators so that they would be able to run the equipment effectively, and will continue to support the company as the plant operates. “Our real operation has just started, so that continuous support and communication between Stadler and Tbm is very important. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Stadler for their work.”