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Baling Conveying & Bale Handling Systems

PROBLEM: Many people consider baling machines to be little more than end-of-the-line components of scrap handling systems. However, no baler stands alone. If a baler is not properly matched to the system, nothing will work as planned. The final critical material collection point in your pneumatic baling conveying system will become overwhelmed causing material to back-up and possibly shut the entire line down.

SOLUTION: When recommending a specific baling solution — whether it is a new or reconditioned machine — Compass engineers first look at the entire pneumatic handling system that will feed into the baler. As experienced scrap handling engineers, we are uniquely capable of making sure the baling machine’s capacity and design match the type of material being baled as well as the operating speed and output designed into the system.

Baling typically adds value to recyclable scrap. These machines densify scrap paper, corrugated, film and metals, making them more valuable to recyclers. There are many types of balers available, each designed to add operating efficiency to different applications. The one offering you the most value and fastest payback is the one best matched to both your materials and your system.

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When specifying a baling machine, the most critical considerations are capacity, operating speed and baling method, whether manual or auto-tie. If capacity is too low to handle the amount of scrap moving through the system, cycle speed is too slow, or tying bales takes too long, scrap will back up into the system. Plugged systems slow the process or shut it down completely. The baler positioned at the end of a scrap recovery line, can literally make or break the entire system.

For this reason, Compass does more than take orders for baling machines. We always sell balers into a system designed by ourselves or someone else. After analyzing the application and the entire scrap recovery system, we recommend the right baler for your particular system. In some situations we may even recommend tweaks or changes to your pneumatic conveying system to facilitate more efficient movement of scrap from pick-up through baling.

We also evaluate the type of material being handled. The fill-compact-tie-discharge cycle of any baler will be impacted by the material fed into it. Tissue paper, weighing only 0.3 lbs. per cubic foot will require a different baling solution than a system handling boxboard weighing 3.0 lbs. per cubic foot.

As we review baler specifications in light of both the system and material, we always look at both the expected value and payback. Depending on volume and scrap values, an auto-tie baler may be preferable to a manual-tie machine. Lower labor costs to tie bales can often speed payback for auto-tie machines, however, the speed and volume of material fed into the baler remains most important. If a tie cycle lasts 35 seconds, but bales are rammed every 25 seconds, problems are inevitable. Additionally, manual-tie balers require full bales every time, while auto-tie machines adjust to the material ready for discharge.

All of these considerations go into selecting the proper baler for your application. Selecting an expensive baler without considering the material it will bale and the system it will complete may do more harm than good to your scrap handling efforts.

Winder Broke Shredding and Baling System

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Material Handling Fan

Shredder and inlet chute

Cyclone Separator Unit

Baler Unit

Conveying Air/Material separation and Paper Baling System

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Compass Guarentee

We guarantee any baler we specify will be the right size and type for your system. It will perform as promised and improve the overall efficiency of your pneumatic conveying system, whether the system was engineered by Compass or another resource.

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System Audits

Please reach out to our technical team regarding a system audit and possible Compass-engineered solutions. To learn more, or arrange your audit, please contact us here.

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Compass Baler Solutions

  • Compass specifies balers based on the system feeding material to the baler, whether the system is designed by Compass or someone else.
  • Properly sized balers will improve the efficiency of the entire scrap handling system.
  • System speed, material and volume are the most important considerations.
  • Recommendations for automated or manual tie machines depend on volume, labor costs and speed of the system feeding the baler.
  • Compass designs and specifies every type of baler available ensuring you get the right baler for your application.
  • New and reconditioned machines are available.
  • Compass guarantees the performance of the balers we specify for your system.

Baler Types

We work with every type of baler, selecting the type best for any particular application.

  • Horizontal Open End: Manual Tie 
  • Horizontal Open End: Auto Tie 
  • Horizontal Closed End: Manual Tie 
  • Horizontal Closed End: Auto Tie 
  • Wide Mouth Open End: Auto Tie 
  • Vertical Downstroke 
  • Vertical Upstroke 
  • Two Ram 
  • Briquetters 

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