6 Where Machinery Ends Up Life

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

Posted on October 14, 2011 by


Each car or machine ends up its life here at a scrap metal recycling factory. Let’s take a look at one in Norilsk.

It is 36 degrees Celsius below zero in the street but the factory is doing its job!

Here they cut scrap metal. Working conditions are really bad here because the gates are always open, that is why the temperature inside is the same as the temperature outside, but with no wind.

The worker spends most of his working day in such position, so, white-collars, do not complain how hard your job is!

Here they crush cast iron with that steel ball from the picture. The technique is simple. With the help of the electromagnet (kind of a puck with three chains), they uplift the ball at a hight of seven meters and then throw it down on the cast iron things and smash them into smithereens. This ball just looks like it’s small but it weighs five tons!

After that they load these wagons with cast iron and bring it for recycling.

In this department they also cut metal manually. It is warmer here, two degrees Celsius above zero. The cut metal is loaded into the boxcars and is transported for recycling.

Supporting columns.

This is a grab.

Its function is to pick up the scrap metal and put it into the dump truck.

Steel spaghetti. Want some?

There is a dangerous zone sign at one of the departments because the ground here keeps sinking, so it is better to stay away from here.

This is cable waste. Cables are cut into segments and put on pallets. What’s then? Recycling!

Copper strand.

‘Armoured sausage’!

Location: Norilsk

via nordroden

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6 Responses to “Where Machinery Ends Up Life”

  1. geoff says:

    “It is 36 degrees Celsius below zero”. How the heck do you work in that temp. Is it only that cold in winter ?

  2. Unknown says:

    @geoff – I believe that’s like the normal temperature over at this geographical width. People there have surely gotten used to it and don’t really mind it. The only problem is that the extreme low temperatures tend to do funny things with certain types of materials.

  3. geoff says:

    Thank you Engrish

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