PRAB/Monlan Drives Evolution in Chip and Fluid Management


PRAB, Inc., is introducing PRAB/Monlan, a company offering the metalworking industry’s first integrated solutions for chip removal and fluid filtration. Created through PRAB’s 2008 acquisition of Envirodyne Technologies, PRAB/Monlan will provide metalworking operations with a single-source solution for the two most challenging issues in scrap management: metal chip and fluid recovery for recycle or reuse.

PRAB has produced scrap handling systems and equipment for metalworking operations since 1950. The company’s chip handling equipment includes traditional entrenched conveyor systems, as well as new-generation modular, chip briquetters, wringers and pneumatic scrap conveyance. PRAB/Monlan combines these products with a broad line of equipment for the recovery, filtration, and recycling of coolants, lubricants, and wastewater, successfully offered by Envirodyne under the Monlan brand.

“We can now offer complete, turnkey solutions for all chip and fluid management needs, including system design, installation, and ongoing support,” says Ned Thompson, CEO. “We have had customers use PRAB for chip handling and then use three or four other suppliers to obtain fluid processing equipment. They had to work with and coordinate five different people. With PRAB/Monlan, you’re going to have one source, one installation, and one performance guarantee that extends across the entire chip and fluid management system.”

Thompson adds that, with the formation of the new company, PRAB will focus on its chip handling customers while PRAB/Monlan will serve existing Monlan customers and new customers with a need for integrated chip and fluid management solutions. PRAB/Monlan says its chip and fluid management systems provide answers to important economic and environmental needs in the metalworking industry. Chip handling equipment conveys and processes metalworking scrap into dry shovel-grade material or compressed briquettes. Processed chips are not considered hazardous waste, which means they have a higher scrap value and are not subject to surcharges, which are assessed by downstream recyclers on polluted material.

The company says its fluid filtration and recovery systems also contribute to metalworking cost-savings and environmental performance. The systems can reduce new fluid purchases by 40-90 percent and reduce waste fluid volumes by 50-90 percent to help manufacturers reduce costs, meet zero manifesting goals, and comply with federal, state and local discharge regulations. For more information call (616) 957-2000 or visit [].