PIKA is a pioneer in the use of innovative technologies and approaches associated with Munitions Reductions. With a significant portion of our clients’ issues involving MEC, MD, and RRD, it only made sense for us to begin designing, building, and implementing methods to process the recovered munitions in the most efficient and safe ways possible. Industry standards were already reducing the size of munitions in a variety of ways, but we were the first to employ hardened shredders capable of handling up to 105mm projectiles, to implement consistent use of waterjet cutters to reduce projectiles to a manageable size, to develop equipment capable of pulverizing and shredding scrap to condense dimensions, and to apply thermal technologies to further enable recycling of a larger quantity of metals.
In addition to implementing individual equipment or process innovations, we have set the standard for large processing operations ranging from stockpiled contaminated soils from open burning or detonation grounds to large centralized processing centers (CPCs) that separate and segregate ferrous and non-ferrous scrap for recycling and/or landfill disposal. These processes involve:
- Magnetic Separators which used belt magnets, rare-earth magnets and eddy current magnets to separate ferrous materials from non-ferrous materials
- Conveyor Systems that carry the materials through each step of the process
- UXO Tech/QCS Screening allowing for continual sorting and screening by UXO Technicians and inspection by UXO Quality Control Specialists
- Pulverizer for crushing and recycling and/or landfill disposal
- MEC Sifting Operations utilizing common sift plants, power screens, and magnetic separating systems.
There currently are numerous active, inactive, transferred, transferring, and closed military ranges that may contain or be affected by MEC. Working with clients to define their project goals, we have developed proprietary technology and methods used for the inspection and sorting that could include mixed metals scrap and/or soil. These technologies have played a key role in improving safety, minimizing waste, and reducing overall project costs.
For your MEC and scrap issues, remember that we have successfully performed munitions reduction processes at numerous sites, including several provided in our Case Histories. Contact us for more information.