The X-series at Bravilor Bonamat tidies up and saves time - Case Study


Courtesy of Bramidan Balers

Bravilor Bonamat started in 1948 making coffee and tea machines for offices and companies. Originally of a modest scale, now the company from Heerhugowaard in Holland employs 280 people. It builds beverage vending machines from parts and sheet material made partly on site and partly imported. “The assembly area and the storeroom have to be neat and tidy as hygienic production is an important factor for us”, says Kees van Muiswinkel, manager of technical engineering and facilities. “So you have to manage your waste flows just as efficiently as your parts flow.”

Baler park
Cardboard was and is the main waste flow at Bravilor Bonamat. The first baler, a X16 from the X-series, was therefore used for cardboard. This brought an immediate end to the untidy looking wire mesh containers that had been used previously. The baler was so popular that short afterwards the model X25 was introduced for soft plastic, as this is also a significant waste flow for the beverage machine manufacturer. Over the years, each time there was a need for it, a small or a large machine was added here and there in the company and in this way the current ‘baler park’ of six machines was built up.

Less work – and it’s even fun
Bramidan was the obvious choice right from the start. “The compactness of the machines appeals to us”, explains Kees. “It’s not a huge object to look at. And as none of the cylinders stick out it’s a closed unit. It just looks good.”

For the assembly personnel the balers mean less work, as they do not have to cut and flatten the boxes. The whole cardboard box fits through the filling opening. Even the office staff at Bravilor Bonamat think it is fun and take their boxes to the machines. When the baler chamber is full, someone presses the button and the machine is ready again for the next load of waste. Soft plastic is collected in waste bags. When the bags are full, a knot is put in the top and the whole thing goes into the baler.

What matters is production
Prior to the purchase of the first X16 the waste was collected every other day. This became less frequent with the purchase of each extra baler. Kees van Muiswinkel has never calculated if Bravilor Bonamat makes money from the compacted cardboard and soft plastic. “It depends on the price of recycled materials, which of course varies all the time. For us the only thing that matters is that our employees need not spend a lot of time on handling waste. So that they can get on with what matters; production.”

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