Baling machines have taken on an increased role as the business world moves towards a more environmentally-friendly way of doing things, and “recycling” becomes the norm. In short, materials that were once waste in decades past are now reusable. In addition to such, recyclable materials carry a definitive dollar value, making the efficient handling of these materials increasingly important.
Baling machines (balers for short) satisfy the need for efficient handling of waste material in several key ways:
- For starters, balers take large quantities of recyclable material (say, plastic bottles or cardboard or similar) and make them smaller. This makes recyclable materials easier to handle, store, and transport.
- Balers help companies comply with local recycling regulations – many localities have laws regarding the disposal of large-scale recyclables. In other words, large bags of cans and bottles will not do. Nor will pickup truck loads of cardboard.
- Besides being good for the environment, baling machines make recycling more profitable. The speed and ease in which waste can be compressed into a manageable form makes every aspect of disposal more efficient (and thus, more friendly to the bottom line.)
- Lastly, balers also discourage internal theft (the “throw it out only to pick it up outside the building later” kind).
Types of Baling Machines
There are generally two different types of baling machines that are used by industry – horizontal baling machines, and vertical baling machines. The basic difference between these two types of balers is how the recyclable material is compacted.
Vertical balers are loaded from the front, are usually manually operated, and compress from the top down. They are best suited for smaller manufacturers, retail stores, supermarkets, textile manufacturers, or anywhere else there are smaller quantities of recyclable materials.
Horizontal balers are loaded from the top by conveyor belt or forklift (allowing for larger quantities), compress from the side, and are usually fully automatic. They are ideal for larger quantities of recyclables, and can reach an output that exceeds 60 tons an hour.
Where to buy a baling machine
Like most industrial equipment, baling machines are manufactured by specialty manufacturers, located all over the world. In fact, some of the best manufacturers are in China. The internet has made buying baling machines much easier – you can find a baling machine manufacturer with ease.
One thing you may want to look for is information on a company’s website. Do they have a downloadable PDF for specs? Do they have videos showing operation of the baling machines? Can they converse with you promptly? These factors are all important when looking for a baling machine for your business.