Vertical Baler 101
Balers allow you to transform your cardboard, plastic P.E.T. bottles, aluminum cans and siding into valuable commodities for your organization. Recycling markets purchase these bales, turning what once was waste into a revenue stream. Your baler will become a money-saving tool for your company, as your expenses for waste removal should decrease considerably. Landfills taxes and fees continue to rise each year, so you’ll be glad you have your recycling baler to help offset costs.
You’ll also save critical floor space and keep it free from dangerous debris and clutter. When cardboard and other materials pile up around a warehouse, they create a hazardous environment for employees. Clutter and waste can also lead to unwanted pests and vermin in your warehouse. You’ll also save time and hours of labor because employees won’t have to crush and flatten cardboard boxes themselves,
Another benefit you can feel great about is the positive environmental impact. Rather than sending materials like cardboard, plastic, aluminum, textiles and more off to the landfill, you’re recycling it. The helps show your company is dedicated to caring for the environment.
We offer a variety of fully U.L. approved baler models ranging in size from 24” to 72”. They’re custom tailored to best fit your application. The 1800HD & 3600HDLP are low-profile balers that are ideal for applications with limited space and ceiling height. The 3400HD is our most popular high-density baler, being the ideal size for most supermarkets, retail chains, department stores and more. The 8000HD is our largest and most powerful and vertical baler, great for metal scrap recycling as well as dense polystyrene bales. Bale weights will range in size depending on the model of the baler used. To see our full line of baler models, click here.
It’s important to train staff to properly and safely handle the baler. You’ll want to ensure that only select employees, over the age of 18, are well trained to use the equipment. Ensure that all warning stickers and labels are clearly visible. Staff should also be extremely careful when transporting heavy bales.
A responsible employee should be appointed to ensure all daily maintenance and regular preventative maintenance is being scheduled. To see more of our daily baler maintenance tips, click here or to see our preventative maintenance programs, click here.
PTR Balers save your organization money, time and space, and help your business meet recycling requirements and sustainability goals. Contact PTR today to learn more!
April Awards Lunch
Last Friday, PTR celebrated with an awards lunch for all our union employees. 21 team members received awards for a total of 210 years of service! Additionally, 9 team members received certificates for successfully completing PTR’s Senior Fitter Training course.
Congratulations to all the recipients and for the entire team’s continued dedication to quality!
Zero In On Total Accuracy
PTR’s Weight Monitoring System is the smart, efficient answer to your weight accuracy problems. Many organizations are unknowingly throwing away dollars due to inaccurate weight readings or because they aren’t able to fully optimize pickups. Our weight scale is a unique piece of equipment that allows you to fully optimize pickups for required weights. The digital display unit offers fast, accurate results you can count on.
Our weight monitoring scale and system is the solution to eliminating overweight containers, allowing your organization to optimize pickups for required weights and saving you big on tipping fees. Eliminating overweight containers increases overall safety for yourself and haulers, and saves time and money. With PTR weight scales, you’ll know exactly when your waste container hits the maximum weight allowed by law to be transported. This knowledge is powerful, since haulers charge by weight and for every pull, you’ll see considerable savings on tipping fees.
Regardless of the industry or the size of your company, the reduction in the number of overall pulls can add up to real savings. It can also help mitigate the extra expenses accrued by last year’s ELD mandate. Learn more about that here.
Many other vendors measure fullness by using a pressure gauge on camera. This requires the container to be full, but without any regard to weight. This can result in overweight containers being transported by the waste hauler. PTR’s innovative solution, the Compactor Weight Scale, solves this issue.
Often, typical pressure measurement can be high or low, depending on the type of waste in the compactor. Too low of a weight can lead to extra costs, due to unnecessary pulls. PTR’s advanced weight system uses four load cells under the self contained compactor mail rails to give a more accurate than ever before, regardless of the waste, such as excessive water from fruit. Your organization will quickly begin to reap the benefits once installing this additional feature to your compactor.
Our weight monitoring system is also available for our vertical balers. Contact us to learn more.
• Maximum scale weight (machine plus trash) – 40,000 lbs.
• Approximately 1.5″ of additional machine elevation is required.
• The weight is reported locally via the reader display.
• An additional option that allows the weight reading to be send via cellular signal for remote weight tracking is also available.
• The load cells and indicator are NTEP approved components.
• The scale readings are not considered “legal for trade” purposes.
Meeting the Needs of Hauler & Recycling Market
PTR has long specialized in meeting the needs of the Waste Hauler & Recycling Market.
As someone in the hauler/ recycling industry, you’re focus is on effectively managing client’s waste or recycling streams. PTR offers a wide variety of vertical baler and compactor models that can revolutionize their current processes.
Our highly trained sales consultants are well versed in the unique needs of the waste and recycling markets. They’ll be able to help you choose the right products and handle service requests. Since we manufacture all of our products right here in the U.S.A., we’re able to deliver equipment directly to your customer, fast. Our expert technicians install the equipment on site. We also offer 24/7 Emergency Service and have service centers located throughout the country. This allows us to handle your service needs as quickly as possible. Plus, all equipment includes a comprehensive PTR Warranty. Learn more about what’s included in our warranty.
At PTR, we have an unwavering commitment to safety and quality. All of our equipment meets OSHA and NOISH requirements. It’s designed with you and your employees safety in mind, and we continue to innovate with technology that makes them even safer, easier to use and more efficient. Every baler and compactor is built to last, carefully engineered and inspected to provide superior performance.
How does it work?
PTR makes the perfect partner for haulers and recyclers, and it’s as simple as 1,2,3.
1. PTR provides top quality waste and recycling stream solutions custom designed to fit your customer’s application.
2. Haulers can then schedule their pick-ups as needed.
3. You and your customers appreciate the ample benefits of offering a one-stop solution.
Ideal Products for Various Waste Streams
Self-Contained Compactor: ideal for wet waste streams, usually foods and liquids
• Our units are meticulously designed to stop fluid leakage, which helps reduce odor and pests.
Stationary Compactor: ideal for handling dry waste.
• Great for clothing stores, retail chains, department stores, distribution centers and many other markets that typically deal with dry waste streams.
• Full containers are then removed from the stationary compactor, and the hauler will empty it & bring it back to the customer’s location.
Vertical Baler: ideal for recycling waste.
• Our balers can help your customer’s meet and exceed their sustainability goals!
• Recyclables such as cardboard, plastic bags, shrink wrap, plastic bottles, aluminum cans and co-mingled recyclables (sandwich bales) are all opportunities for waste diversion.
Trade Show Week: RILA & SERC
This week, PTR participated in two trade shows in Orlando, Florida- RILA’s Link 2019 and SERC.
RILA, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, held it’s annual Retail Supply Chain Conference, entitled ‘LINK 2019’. The event was held at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center from February 24th through the 27th.
LINK 2019 featured a number of fantastic keynote speakers, including Dick Johnson, President of Foot Locker, Inc., Jeff Pilof, Senior VP of CVS Health, Dean Carter, Chief Human Resources Officer at Patagonia, Abby Wambach, Olympic gold medalist & FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion, just to name a few. They discussed various issues in retail supply chain management.
The event was a great opportunity to obtain the latest industry news, learn from industry experts, share ideas and solutions, and make important connections with some of the largest retailers across the globe.
SERC, the SouthEast Recycling Conference & Trade Show, was also held this week in Orlando, from February 24th through the 26th. It was the 32nd year for this annual event. Industry experts came together to discuss the future of recycling and what affect it will have on businesses. Workshops and discussions focused on topics such as “Sustaining Recycling”, “Using Technology to Improve Organics Recycling”, and “The Changing World of Recycling”.
Both trade shows were enlightening and thought-provoking. We’re excited to attend again in 2020!
Love Your Baler – Daily Maintenance Tips
Balers are made up of electrical, hydraulic and mechanical parts. They undergo very high temperatures and pressure, and therefore require frequent monitoring and maintenance. What’s your role in taking care of your vertical baler? There’s several things you should do to keep your equipment operating optimally and help increase its longevity. Here’s some basic, but important ways to show your baler some love!
Clean & Monitor
Dust and debris in the baler can be hugely detrimental to its performance. Ideally, motors and coolers should be cleaned every day. Check in on the bale chamber- is there any recycling material wrapped inside the belt rollers? You’ll also want to regularly monitor and analyze the hydraulic system’s fluid.
Order Parts from parts.ptrco.com
Prevent unnecessary downtime by keeping spare critical parts in inventory. Our parts website has OEM certified replacement parts including top quality brands like Square D, Cutler Hammer, Baldor and Idec. All baler and compactor parts are backed by our one year replacement warranty.
The only employees who should be operating the baler are those who have been trained on safe, proper usage. It’s also a good idea to have your baler operators be the party responsible for keeping track of when maintenance is needed and ensure it gets done.
PTR offers Technical Service Training. Your service personnel will receive hands on training and in-depth knowledge of troubleshooting, schematic reading, hydraulics, electrical theory and installation. Learn more about what the course entails and how to register here.
PTR Preventative Maintenance
Preventative Maintenance is key to keeping your baler running smoothly. Technicians will address critical systems and structures. This includes evaluating the overall condition of the unit, performing a structural inspection, setting all pressures, inspecting all control box switches and verifying that the area around the baler is safe and sufficient. Many more objectives are involved in a routine inspection- see the full list here. Another helpful tip: consider what your slower production times are, and schedule these maintenance appointments during that time.
It’s critical to properly maintain your waste & recycling equipment. It can make all the difference in your baler’s performance and thereby, your company’s daily operations and employee productivity. For more information or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Baler Safety & the PLC Control Panel
PTR is built on a tradition of quality, safety and innovation. Improving the safety of your backroom operations is a key part of our company’s mission. PTR Vertical Balers are equipped with many safety features that make them a cut above the rest industry.
PTR Balers feature the following mechanisms for added safety benefits:
• Passive Error and Safety Bypass Monitoring
• PLC Actively Monitors for Safety Switch Failure or Bypass
• Automatic shutdown and an error message will appear on screen until safety concern is corrected.
• The Triple Switch Safety System, which includes:
- Foot Pedal Switch
- Concealed Proximity Switch
- Door Switch
- All three of these functions work together to ensure every action with the baler is intentional and within its proper use.
PLC Controls with Indicator Lights
PTR vertical balers have transitioned from the relay based control panel to a PLC based control panel. Our ‘Programmable Logic Controller’ is a newly engineered, revolutionary baler feature. It’s now standard on all PTR equipment. It’s much like what has been successfully used on PTR’s Compactors for the greater part of the last 10 years. The change is part of an ongoing effort to provide the industry’s most dependable, trusted recycling baler through continuous improvement and innovation. The PLC panel features:
• Illuminated E-Stop
• Power On
• Overload Tripped
• Door Closed
• Gate Closed
• Ram Up
• Prox Switch Failure
• Full Bale
• PM Inspection Required
The indicator light system prevents nuisance down time due to operator error. The bale size is adjustable, and the ‘full bale light’ comes as a standard feature. The bale counter feature allows you to see the quantity of full bales produced. This feature can be set as resettable or non resettable.
You’ll experience reduced down time due to error reporting that reduces time associated with troubleshooting. The PLC allows the flexibility of changed functionality or added features. Reliability is improved with PLC control panel, that are rated to cycle millions of times. This cycle counting feature allows you to measure productivity. The PM Indicator lets you know it’s time for Preventative Maintenance, at 60,000 cycles. This allows you to more effectively plan maintenance on the baler, prevent unnecessary downtime and productivity loss.
Should a safety device be bypassed or fail to function, there is the bypass detection feature on the gate proximity switch. The unit will be rendered inoperable until the condition is corrected.
We will continue to make improvements and add supplementary features, including more advanced error checking and a separation of the PM, Full Bale and Prox. Bypass light into 3 different indictors.
A ‘Smart’ or expanded memory version of the PLC will be available soon, so stay tuned for more information. Be sure to sign up for our ‘Monthly News Dispatch’ e-newsletter to ensure you receive the latest product launches and most up to date PTR news availableplc_ptr_sheet_feb
Product Spotlight: 3400HD Vertical Downstroke Baler
As of 2017, PTR has been making vertical balers for 50 years. In many cases, that’s decades over the competition. PTR’s Flagship signature series Vertical Downstroke Baler, the 3400HD, was the first High Density baler to hit the market place. Currently, well over 10,000 units have been manufactured.
PTR’s 3400HD Vertical Downstroke Baler is our most popular high density baler for a variety of reasons. It’s an ideal size and design for markets including retail chain stores, drug stores, department stores supermarkets, hospitals, hotels, malls and more. With this model, you’ll produce and ideal 1,000 to 1,300 lb. bale of corrugated material, reducing the cost of storage space, handling, and transportation.
Safely and quickly recycle materials such as:
- Cardboard waste, cardboard boxes, packaging, displays
- Aluminum siding
- Plastic P.E.T. Bottles
- Aluminum cans
- Dry commercial, industrial and retail waste
3400HD bale specs below:
Industries like the aforementioned know how critical it is to keep floorspace clear of discarded materials, in order to get maximum use of their space. It’s also a key factor in helping your organization implement sustainability policies and reach it’s sustainability goals. Your company will reduce it’s overall waste and decrease it’s carbon footprint, having a hugely positive impact on your immediate environment, your employee’s well being, and the planet. To learn more about about the environmental effects, click here.
With the 3400HD and many other PTR Baler units, you’ll have the option to add on features like the following and more.
- Biometric Locking Device BIOLOC 3000
- Quiet Pump Power Unit
- Automatic Bale Sizer with Full Bale Light
- Outdoor Controls
- Automatic Ejection System
- Wire Tie Guides
- Color Options
Plus, you’ll receive 24/7 Emergency Service and our best-in-class PTR warranty. Our technicians are electrical, mechanical and hydraulic experts, so your equipment will always be in the great hands. You’ll also have access to our extensive parts inventory. Check out our separate parts site here.
PTR Baler & Compactor is proud to offer products manufactured in the U.S.A. and fully U.L. approved. Contact us to learn more about the 3400HD baler or one of our many other models today.
Good As New: PTR Rebuilt & Certified Pre-Owned
New year, like-new equipment!
As your balers or compactors age, you may start to experience hight maintenance costs. If your organization has an existing baler or compactor, or fleet of waste or recycling equipment, PTR’s Rebuilt programs may be the perfect option for you. Particularly, if you are not in a financial position to buy new, this is a great solution. Plus, it’s a way to go even greener. Your business or organization becomes even more sustainable when you choose to ‘recycle’ your waste handling and recycling equipment. It’s a cost-effective, sustainable way to upgrade your current waste systems.
We have Rebuilt programs for virtually all of our equipment, including Vertical Balers, Stationary Compactor and Self-Contained Compactors. Our rebuilding facilitates are located throughout the United States. This helps us keep freight costs at a minimum.
There are significant benefits to choosing PTR Baler and Compactor Co. when having your equipment rebuilt. For one, our technicians are OEM-factory-trained waste equipment experts. Our welders are AWS certified. All Rebuilt units come standard with a 90 day limited parts and labor warranty.
Certified Pre-Owned PTR balers and compactors are not like any other used baler or compactor. We hand-pick each one, based on a variety of criteria. The unit must be 15 years old or less and have no structural defects. This would eliminate them from qualifying for ‘Certified Pre-Owned’. They undergo a thorough ’52 Point Inspection Process”. All electrical, mechanical and hydraulic issues will be addressed and fixed. Afterwards, the equipment undergoes a complete reconditioning. It looks brand new after a deep cleaning, fresh coat of paint and safety stickers. What’s more, it will run like new after wear parts are replaced with exclusively OEM Certified parts, hydraulic oil is refilled, moving parts are greased, and more. Learn more here.
Have questions? If you’d like to learn more about our Certified Pre-Owned equipment, or are interested in having your current equipment rebuilt, contact PTR here.
Season’s Greetings from PTR
Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy Holiday Season!