ScrapWareSV is playing a part in a construction project at our office park. This project consists of removing all of the exterior aluminum and wood trim and replacing it with modern vinyl-coated aluminum trim.
These types of jobs generate a significant amount of scrap metal for our customers. This blog entry will show you how ScrapWareSV is invoved in this process.
The first step in the process is for the contractor to order a container. They called our local customer who created an account for them in ScrapWareSV. Our customer then discussed with the contractor the projected amount of scrap generated by the job. Basis this discussion, our customer then selected the correct container size and used the ScrapWareSV Dispatch and Container Tracking modules to have a container delivered to our office park.
For this job site, the best container for the application was a 40-yard rolloff container. A printed Dispatch Ticket generated by ScrapWareSV was given to the contractor by the rolloff truck driver when the container was delivered. An image of the container is below.
The next steps are comprised of removal of all of the existing aluminum trim and rotted wood. Then the rotted wood is replaced with modern treated wood. The image below shows the removed aluminum trim, gutters and downspouts.
The removed aluminum trim is then separated from the rotted wood and placed into a the rolloff container. Once this container is full, it will be swapped with an empty one. The ScrapWareSV Dispatch, Container Tracking and Purchases modules will be part of that process. The process repeats until the job is completed. The following image shows the scrap alumimum inside the container. The image was taken by peering through an inspection hole cut into the container.
As the above material is removed, it is replaced with modern vinyl-coated aluminum. This material comes from the factory boxed up in coils. More than likely this trim coil was made from recycled aluminum. An image of this material is below.
The new trim coil is cut into pieces and bent to shape using a bending machine or “break”. This process generates scrap material as well. The new aluminum trim is affixed to the buildings using fasterners and the seams are caulked. The scrap from the new trim coil is placed in the container along with the other aluminum scrap. An image of this machine and the scrap it generates can be seen in the bottom right corner of the photo below.
Once the new aluminum gutters are installed, the downspouts need to be connected. Holes are punched in the new gutters and then the new downspouts are fastened. The punchings from the gutters generate additional scrap aluminum that gets placed into the container. Shown below is an image of new aluminum downspout material. It comes from the factory boxed up and ready to be installed. More than likely it was made from recycled aluminum.
Think of the scrap metal generated by this job and multiply it by hundreds if not thousands of jobs just like it around the US and Canada. That’s a serious stream of scrap metal. During a construction boom, that stream can grow quite large.
When the full container reaches our customer, it will be weighed and the material graded. The vendor (in this case the siding contractor) will be paid for the scrap aluminum. The material will then be baled and shipped to a consumer. It will then be melted into aluminum ingots, sheet or coil to be re-used for its next application.
In addition to the Dispatch and Container Tracking functions, ScrapWareSV handles the Vendor Pricing and Purchasing of the material from the contractor, Inventory, and the Sales Contract, Shipment and Sale of the material to the consumer. ScrapWareSV also generates all of the requisite ledger interface transactions for the above.
This blog entry gave you a glimpse of how ScrapWareSV is used on a daily basis for both our customers and their suppliers.