Where Machinery Ends Up Life

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

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

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

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

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

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.

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

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

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

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!

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

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

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

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.

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

Supporting columns.

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

This is a grab.

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

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

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

Steel spaghetti. Want some?

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

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.

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

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

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

Copper strand.

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

‘Armoured sausage’!

Where Machinery Ends Up Life

Location: Norilsk

via nordroden

6 thoughts on “Where Machinery Ends Up Life”

  1. @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.

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