SynopsisCRONIMET Ferroleg, a leading stainless steel specialist, has taken a significant step towards sustainability by introducing the Solmec EXP 5020ZE, an electric material handler. This move aligns with CRONIMET's commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The new material handler, boasting flexibility and reduced CO₂ emissions, reflects CRONIMET's dedication to environmental responsibility.Article:In an era where sustainability and environmental consciousness are paramount, CRONIMET Ferroleg, a renowned stainless steel specialist headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany, is spearheading change. Their latest initiative involves the incorporation of environmentally friendly machinery, exemplified by the recent acquisition of the Solmec EXP 5020ZE, an electric material handler from Italy.CRONIMET is no stranger to ambitious sustainability goals. They pledged last year to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in 2023. A pivotal component of this journey is the transition of their machine fleet to eco-friendly, electrically powered material handlers. Currently, CRONIMET Ferroleg. GmbH operates nine material handlers, responsible for recycling approximately 140,000 tons of stainless steel scrap and alloyed scrap annually. The Solmec EXP 5020ZE represents a significant leap in this eco-conscious direction, being the second fully electric excavator in Karlsruhe. Remarkably, it can operate in sorting mode for up to ten hours before requiring a recharge.Marijo Zeljko, CEO of the European locations of the CRONIMET Group, emphasizes the importance of this electrification effort, stating, "We are currently planning to replace the old diesel-powered material handlers with new, environmentally friendly models at all European sites of the CRONIMET Group."The choice of Solmec's material handler underscores CRONIMET's commitment to innovation and reliability. This cable-free, flexible machinery is known for its high dependability. Marco Merico, responsible for technical consulting in the procurement of CRONIMET Group machines in Europe, praises Solmec's technology, highlighting its cable-free and flexible nature.The environmental benefits of the Solmec EXP 5020ZE are substantial. It can potentially save approximately 30 tons of CO2 emissions annually compared to its diesel-powered counterparts. Equipped with a 40 kW electric motor, it boasts a rotation speed of 2,300 rpm and a maximum rotation torque of 300 Nm. Its two lead-acid battery packs of 930A at 120V each can be swapped if needed, ensuring uninterrupted operation. These batteries can be charged using conventional power sockets via external chargers.Furthermore, the material handler incorporates an energy recovery system that enhances its operating time by recuperating energy through brake regeneration when the slewing system brakes. It also features a system supporting passive loads, comprising hydraulic cylinders directly linked to a hydropneumatic accumulator, ensuring additional hydraulic power and speed.The responsibility for the Solmec EXP 5020ZE's maintenance and service will be entrusted to BVG Baumaschinen GmbH, the exclusive general importer for Solmec in Germany. BVG will oversee all aspects of the machine's upkeep, servicing, and necessary repairs at CRONIMET Ferroleg. GmbH in Karlsruhe.Conclusion:CRONIMET Ferroleg's adoption of the Solmec EXP 5020ZE, an electric material handler, signifies a significant stride towards sustainability and environmental responsibility. As CRONIMET commits to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, the introduction of eco-friendly machinery reflects their dedication to this goal. The Solmec material handler, characterized by flexibility and reduced CO₂ emissions, exemplifies CRONIMET's proactive approach to greener practices in the industry.