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Cardboard baler chosen for tool repair centre

17 December 2019

A Compact and Bale AutoLoad Baler (ALB) is used by Hilti at its Scotland tool repair centre.

Hilti services the professional construction industry offering software for design, products and tools for work onsite, training, testing and consultancy.

The ALB can provide significant savings to sites producing mid to large volumes of cardboard, and is installed across Europe in thousands of retailers, including ALDI. It is also installed in many other sectors.

Typical savings from the ALB’s patented cart feeding system are said to be about 4000 hours per site, per annum, or about £60,000 per annum in labour cost.

How the system works

The machine is fed from carts that are equivalent volume to a 1100 litre bin. These are strategically placed around site at the point of production and once full, rather than unloading the cardboard manually in to a press chamber, the cart is pushed in to the side of the machine which then feeds the material through in to the chamber for baling. 

This machine also allows for feeding of over-sized cardboard that can’t fit in the carts, through the standard door to the front of the machine in case of any one-off large boxes (for example, a box which contained a bicycle). 

Front feeding of over-sized material is still possible.

The only manual part of the process is tying off the bale which, when combined with ‘Quicklink Wire’, typically reduces the bale tying time to one third that of a standard vertical baler.

The ALB provides an automated baling solution, within a 2047mm wide by 2173mm (max) floor space. The company says other automated solutions would require 3-4 x more space. 

According to Compact and Bale, a key difference with the ALB compared to significantly larger, competitor models is that they are generally positioned outside exposed to the elements. The models then suffer greater levels of depreciation, reduced returns on investment from higher maintenance costs and an earlier requirement to replace.

Operatives then spend time breaking down cardboard boxes to flat pack the material to make the best use of the bin before walking across site to where the baler is usually placed, which typically again isn’t anywhere convenient as most businesses do not want to take up valuable floor space. This means that staff spend excessive time flat packing material and walking back and forth to remotely placed machines to make best use of their time.

Equally, larger machines require access to all sides of the baler for feeding wire through, as well as for maintenance access and bale ejection. The AutoLoad Baler does not have this requirement, can be placed within the small foot print (2047 x 2173mm), in corners, odd spots of free space, under racking and so on. 

At many fulfilment Centres across the UK, the ALB is close to the point of production, for maximum benefit. Forklifts then move the ejected bales to the recycling compounds which are typically outside which ensures the best use of all  space.