Transforming Hospital Waste Management for REMESA in Melilla

9 January, 2024
  • Innovation in Action: Technical Details of the Waste Management System

  • Beyond Efficiency: Enhanced Safety and Sustainability at the REMESA Plant

NUSIM has implemented an innovative project in Melilla that redefines the efficient management of hospital waste through the integration of precise and advanced technological solutions. This project not only addresses the existing challenges with outdated systems but also introduces significant improvements in the operability and safety of waste management.

The project is located at the integrated urban waste treatment plant (REMESA) which effectively and environmentally respectfully resolves the issues generated in the City of Melilla.

Specific Technical Solutions of the Project

The heart of the project lies in its automated system, consisting of a storage buffer that accommodates up to 40 hospital waste containers, various motorized conveyors, and an elevator set. This system not only improves workflow but also ensures safe and efficient waste handling.

A notable feature is the implementation of an automatic closure system in the elevator shaft at a height of +13.90, ensuring that the system complies with the machinery safety directive (Directive 2006/42/EC). Furthermore, the project focuses on ergonomic design, allowing operations from the control room with the current SCADA and PLC or locally from the machine’s HMI, offering unprecedented operational flexibility.


Highlighted Technical Details

The attention to surface preparation and painting procedures, including the use of zinc silicate primer layers and specific finishes, demonstrates Nusim’s commitment to durability and resilience in demanding environments.

Details such as the photoelectric cell-based control for the automated operation of the elevator and the capability for both manual and automatic loading reflect the innovation in the design and implementation of the project. The system is configured for optimized operation, with comprehensive testing in both the factory and the plant to ensure the system’s reliability and efficiency.


Expanding Horizons: We’ve Incorporated SICK’s MRS1000 Laser Technology into Melilla’s Incinerator

In parallel to the revolution in hospital waste management, Nusim took advantage of its stay in Melilla to undertake another innovative project at the incineration plant. This time, the focus was on optimizing the handling and efficiency of the incinerator pit, a task achieved through the installation of SICK’s advanced MRS1000 laser technology on each of the two operational cranes at the site.

This laser system, known for its precision and reliability, allows for continuous and real-time measurement of waste volume, facilitating a more effective and proactive management of the incineration process.

  • Incineration Process Optimization: With precise measurement of waste volume, the incinerator load can be better adjusted, maximizing energy efficiency and minimizing emissions.

  • Improvement in Operational Safety: The MRS1000 technology reduces the need for manual inspections in the pit, decreasing risks to personnel and enhancing safety in operations.

  • Efficient Space Management: By having exact control over the waste level, the use of space in the pit is optimized, ensuring that the plant operates within its optimal capacities without overfilling or inefficiencies.


Impact and Advances in the Industry

With these projects, NUSIM sets a new standard in the treatment and management of hospital waste and in the incorporation of cutting-edge technology into waste management solutions.

This project not only benefits REMESA and the city of Melilla but also serves as a replicable model for other facilities looking to improve their waste management operations, combining operational efficiency with the highest safety and environmental considerations.