As interest in Riverside Waste Machinery's newest waste baler heats up, managing director Jonathan Oldfield tells us a little more about this latest addition to the fleet...
Q: What is your product/technology?
Riverside Waste Machinery’s RWM HZ 50T semi-automatic horizontal baler.
Q: How does it work?
When materials are fed into the hopper, ‘magic eyes’ automatically start the compaction cycle. Further recyclates can be added as the original materials are being pressed, enabling a consistent feed. Any oversized materials are cut by a shear blade to ensure the baler’s operation remains undisrupted. The machine will auto-detect when the bale is full, allowing an operator to tie and eject it – the only manual element of the process.
Q: Where would it ideally be used?
In manufacturing, recycling and reprocessing facilities handling medium to large volumes of cardboard, paper or plastic film packaging waste. (This may need altering?)
Q: How is it different?
With a vertical baler, an operator must manually lift and feed materials into the machine, through a front-facing door. However, materials can be consistently fed into the RWM HZ 50T by a conveyor, 1100 litre wheelie bin lifter, mechanically with a bucket or grab, or manually. It therefore has up to four times more throughput capacity than a vertical press.
It has also been purposefully designed to provide a cost-effective solution for companies handling large volumes ofstandardpackaging materials – rather than complex recyclates such as semi-rigid plastics. Organisations no longer have to invest in technology with more pressing force than they require.
Furthermore, the RWM HZ 50T runs on oil-impregnated nylon blocks, rather than roller bearing systems which require regular greasing and are susceptible to water ingress. Less maintenance equates to greater uptime, and it is ideal for outdoor operation, if required.
Q: What benefits does it offer?
This is an intuitive technology designed to facilitate efficient waste handling and generate an additional revenue stream from the sale of baled recyclates.
In addition to the benefits already stated, the continual processing of materials is around four times quicker and more efficient than that of a comparable vertical mill size baler. It can take only 15 minutes to produce a 500kg bale, rather than 60 minutes. Plus, with a variety of material in-feed options, operator involvement is minimal, which frees up time to undertake other tasks.
An adjustable bale length setting means an 1100-1500mm bale size can be achieved, to suit market requirements and maximise transportation.
Q: Where has it been used?
Predominantly by manufacturers producing packaging waste, and by reprocessors who have collected packaging waste from local businesses, for recycling.
In terms of capital investment this is the most cost-effective semi-automatic baler in Riverside’s range. It offers great quality and value for a machine that is comparable in cost to some refurbished machines in the marketplace.
Q: Any savings?
The RWM HZ 50T provides a new medium-high capacity solution for companies that do not require a more expensive baling press with a greater specification. Customers can therefore benefit financially by investing in technology better suited to their needs.
For companies upgrading from a vertical baler, the HZ 50T can achieve significant time savings and thus, operational efficiencies. Furthermore, this press requires less upkeep than a roller bearing based machine.
Q: What is its life span?
If used within the manufacturer’s guidelines, and with annual servicing and any necessary maintenance, a customer could far exceed the minimum ten year lifespan for such a technology.
Q: How is it future-proofed?
Riverside would not recommend the RWM HZ 50T if it could not cater for a client’s recycling needs well into the future.
As the economic climate continues to recover and businesses flourish, packaging waste levels may rise. The HZ 50T therefore provides a cost-effective way to keep facilities tidy and develop a responsible and compliant waste management process, from which baled recyclables can be sold.
Q: Any future applications?
Whilst predominantly used to handle cardboard packaging waste, this flexible technology can easily produce paper and plastic film bales too. It is also undoubtedly safer, more compliant and more efficient than many old, outdated models on the market, so offers a cost-effective way to upgrade.