A Family Legacy
Way back in 1907, Charles B. Leonard founded Philadelphia Tramrail Company, a manufacturer of monorails and meat track systems. Soon after, Robert Riethmiller was hired as a mechanic’s helper. Over the next two decades, Robert learned the ins and outs of running the business and in 1929, he purchased it. A few years later, his son, Robert J. Riethmiller Sr. joined the company, and years later his son, Robert J. Riethmiller Jr., came aboard, as well.
Fast forward to 1994, and the next generation furthered the family legacy, when Eric Riethmiller joined the ranks. Eric, along side now-CEO Mike Savage, helped rapidly grow and expand PTR Baler and Compactor Company to the international industry leader that it is today.
Since 1907, many things have changed. One thing, however, hasn’t- our dedication to creating the highest quality, safest waste equipment on the market. Just like we care about the safety of our own family, staff and technicians, we care about the safety of you and your employees.
We’ve been doing it longer than just about anyone, so we know how to do it right. A major aspect of the PTR difference is that we work with you before, during and after the sale to ensure our products are being used safely and optimally. We want to ensure you fully realize the benefits of utilizing our balers, compactors and other waste products. Our equipment is key to helping your company reach it’s sustainability goals, increase workplace productivity, efficiency and of course, safety.
PTR is now celebrating 50 years of baler manufacturing and over 100 years of American steel manufacturing. We’re proud to have a family legacy that has stood the test of time. Here’s to another 100 years!
PTR Hurricane Florence Response Unit
PTR Baler and Compactor Company sincerely wishes all those in the Carolinas, Virginia and the surrounding states well during this time. We hope that everyone stays safe and that any damage caused by Hurricane Florence is minimal.
PTR’s Hurricane Response Unit is currently en-route to the Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina areas. In order to serve our customers as best as we possibly can, we are shipping major components into these areas and to those most severely impacted by the storm. Our universal power unit and control system is ready to operate with any compactor, regardless of make or model, pressure shifting or bypass cylinder operation.
We encourage you to contact PTR for more details on how we can help. We are ready and willing to do all we can to aid those affected by the hurricane. Please call: 800-523-1155 or email: email@example.com
PTR Baler & Compactor featured in ‘Manufacturing Today’
PTR Baler & Compactor Company was featured in Volume 18: Issue 4 of Manufacturing Today. In the article, Sales Operations Manager, Lee McLaughlin, discusses PTR products, partnerships, and marking 50 years of baler manufacturing.PTR BALER_HIGH-RES_no bleed
Product Spotlight: TRAM PAK Series Stationary Compactors
PTR Tram Pak (TP) Series Stationary Compactors are expertly engineered with strength, durability and safety in mind. Each unit is constructed from structural steel and is built for years of dependable service you can count on.
We train and employ the most skilled & experienced technicians. All critical welds are done by Certified AWS Category 1 and 2 Craftsmen. With 92,000 PSI tensile strength, PTR’s weld are actually even stronger than steel. Tram Pak stationary compactors allow maximum operating pressures and cylinder pressure to ensure PAK-TITE containers. Each unit is fully tested before leaving our facility. They meet all ANSI specifications.
This equipment provides significant waste removal savings. Typically, waste removal is charged by the ton as well as a pick-up and tipping fee. By compressing your waste you can cut down on the number of pick-up and tipping fees associated with waste removal while cutting the environmental effects of transporting the waste to and from the land-fill. By combining environmental sustainability with cost savings, you can meet your carbon reduction initiatives and save money in the process.
The TP Series is a reliable, durable compaction system that allows waste generators to reduce their removal costs. Each unit provides the following Cost Saving Benefits:
- Save ample indoor space
- Less labor in breaking down boxes
- Prevents pilferage
- Discourages scavengers
- Reduces collection costs
- Reduces insect concerns
- Reduces rodent concerns
- Prevents windblown trash
- Reduces fire hazards
Models are equipped with the following standard features:
- PTR’s best in class warranty
- 100% UL and ETL approved
- Full container light
- 3 phase tri-voltage motor
- Push button controls on 13′ remote
- Ratchets with grab claws
- Option of standard color paint
Consider adding the following options to improve the functionality of your stationary compactor even more:
- PTR BioLoc for added security and Safety
- Side and rear chutes available
- Doghouse or total enclosure
- Odor control Sonazaire®
- One Plus® fullness monitoring system
- Oil Heater
The Tram Pak Series has total UL approval, like all other PTR waste equipment, including vertical balers and self-contained compactors. Many different models are available. Without a doubt, there’s one to suit the needs of any type or size organization. PTR manufacture a full array of stationary compactors from our smallest apartment compactor the TP-33 to the TP-5000 (5 cu yd) we will be able to meet your requirements. PTR’s ‘Mini Max Series’ offers full 2 or 3 cu yd feed openings in a smaller footprint, making it just right for apartment complexes or smaller facilities.
The Tram Pak Series Stationary Compactors are equipped with a low maintenance power unit. They utilize powerful, high torque motors, soft shift control values and are constructed to withstand harsh environments while providing years of uninterrupted service.
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What you and your employees will love about these is the easy and convenient operation. Tram Pak Compactors offer ‘user friendly’ controls that are housed inside a NEMA 4 enclosure and connected to the power pack with 13 ft of seal-tite. They also feature an innovative one piece charge box. These models are designed to work efficiently for both walk-on and security chute applications.
Tram Pak Series Stationary Compactors are professionally designed and engineered stationary compactors for long-lasting performance and durability. PTR Baler and Compactor Company provides 24 hour factory service and parts. Visit our parts website here. Sale, lease and rental options are available. Contact us today to learn more or to ask about our Heavy Duty Models.
What is Zero Waste?
Today, lots of companies are interested in increasing sustainability and implementing sustainability programs. Some companies are striving for even more, aiming for ‘Zero Waste‘.
PTR’s top of the line balers and compactors can help you achieve your Zero Waste goal by turning what was once considered trash into valuable recycling commodities. Cardboard, paper, plastics, shrink wrap, and aluminum can all be diverted from the landfill, increasing sustainability and creating a new revenue stream. Many baler and compactor models are available. Our customer service representatives are happy to answer all of your questions, so you can be sure you’ll get the one that’s right for you company.
The more organizations embrace Zero Waste and other sustainability policies, the closer we will come to creating a healthier, greener earth for future generations. Now is the time to make these changes and put these sustainability endeavors into action. Your company’s primary goal should be to avoid sending waste to the landfill as completely as possible. From there, you’ll seek to proactively reduce, reuse and recycle any and all waste. When none of these are feasible, donation is another option.
Sustainability can be a challenge for large corporations and small businesses alike, but Zero Waste is a major commitment. It all starts with dedication. Getting management and employees on board is a critical step. You’ll need to create a concise plan of how you are actually going to make it happen, and then see it through each day. It’s not always easy, but the difference you’ll be making will be well worth it.
PTR Baler and Compactor Company is proud to offer waste equipment with full UL approval. UL is a global company who aims to connect people to safer, more sustainable products. From their website www.ul.com:
“UL helps companies demonstrate safety, confirm compliance, enhance sustainability, manage transparency, deliver quality and performance, strengthen security, protect brand reputation, build workplace excellence, and advance societal wellbeing.”
UL recommends that you consider these 3 ‘Steps to Waste Diversion’ before implementing your policy. The first step is ‘Understanding’ current waste streams and what their estimated volumes are. Next, ‘Measuring’. Set your goals and figure out your action plan on how you will eliminate waste going to the landfill. Lastly, ‘Rerouting’. One diversion practice allows you to 1) re-route waste to other facilities that will use it as a raw material 2) send to recycling plant 3) use towards production of energy.
There isn’t one definition of Zero Waste. UL has 3 different classifications:
- 100% landfill diversion *still allows some waste to go to waste-to-energy facilities
- ‘Virtually Zero Waste’ *98% diverted from landfill
- ‘Landfill Diversion’ * at least 80% is diverted from landfill
It’s important to remember, Zero Waste is a journey, not a destination. Any strides towards Zero Waste should be celebrated. For more information on how PTR’s product can help you achieve Zero Waste at your organization, visit PTRco.com
Here’s What NOT to Put in Your PTR Compactor.
There’s so many benefits of a having a PTR compactor in your facility, like the space savings, cost savings, improved safety and productivity, and overall healthier work environment. You’ll want your waste compactor to continue working at the optimal level for years to come. To help ensure this, educate your employees of what is safe to put in the compactor and what is not.
Most waste is safe to throw into your compactor, however, DO NOT dispose of the following items:
Flammable Substances are not safe to place in your PTR compactor. Anything explosive or flammable should be kept far away from your compactor. A fire inside the equipment would be extremely dangerous for nearby employees. This includes aerosol spray cans, as they are under pressure and it’s possible they may explode in the compactor.
Batteries should be disposed of according to recycling standards, and not thrown into your compactor. Batteries have a highly toxic substance in them which would contaminate the other contents of the compactor, making them no longer acceptable for recycling.
Liquids are a no-go in your Stationary Compactor . PTR Self-Contained compactors are equipped to deal with wet-waste, but not Stationary compactors. Disposing of liquids in your stationary compactor can lead to unwanted odors. Organizations like supermarkets, malls, movie theatres, restaurants, hospitals, food processors and retail supercenters who process wet waste will require a Self-Contained compactor. PTR’s innovative Sure-Tite Liquid Retention System is key to preventing leakage. Be sure to discuss with type of compactor is best for your organization with your PTR Customer Service Representative.
It’s wise to train your staff that if they aren’t sure, to air on the side of caution always. Lastly, make sure employees know to never place their hands, arms or other limbs in the compactor, as this is extremely dangerous. If something accidentally falls into the compactor, no one should ever reach in to retrieve it. An appropriate tool should be designated for this.
Questions? Contact PTR Baler and Compactor today.
Certified Technical Service Training
PTR Baler & Compactor offers support for you technical team with training classes. These highly specialized Technical Service Schools are scheduled several times during the year. The next classes are coming up in fall 2018, in September and November.
Instructors have more than 3 decades of industry experience and expert knowledge. Guest speakers will also be in attendance, offering additional specialized instruction. The combined education your technical team will receive will prepare them to handle PTR balers, compactors and all other PTR waste equipment, safely and efficiently. Plenty of hands-on training is included, as well. A variety of topics are included in the curriculum, such as:
- Schematic reading
- Electrical theory
Upon completion of the courses, professionals will receive both a ‘Certificate of Achievement’, and also be registered as a PTR Certified Technician. Four PTR Education credits will also be rewarded to participants. They will also gain access to PTR’s Technical Support Team. This is a huge benefit, as newly certified technicians will have their additional support and expertise in the field.
Participants can look forward to benefits including:
- A complete in-depth understanding of waste reduction equipment and operation
- Knowledge of Electrical and Hydraulic systems
- Basic Reading of Electrical Schematics & Hydraulic Schematics
- Practical training on equipment identification and operation
- Thorough overview of field installation procedures
- Performance of preventative maintenance
- Understanding ANSI safety guidelines
Professionals will attend 2 days of training and be provided all necessary course materials. Continental breakfast and lunch are also provided. To reserve your spot now, download and complete Registration Form by clicking here.
Proudly Made in the U.S.A.
PTR Baler & Compactor Company is proud to manufacture all of our products in the U.S.A. Since the inception of our organization in 1907, we’ve offered the highest quality, safest, built-to-last product possible. We have never wavered in our pledge to keep it all made right here in America. PTR leads the industry in proving that you can produce a superior product while still being profitable and competitive on a global scale. It also allows us to be able to invest more in research and development, brining forth innovative technology that makes our products even better.
This mission is deeply ingrained in every aspect of PTR Baler & Compactor Company, from products to employees, to our community endeavors and beyond. While others took the easier route by outsourcing, we continue to stand our ground and do what’s right. Since all manufacturing is done right here in the U.S., quality control is not a challenge like it is for other companies. We’re also proud to keep jobs here at home.
This Fourth of July, we reflect on all it means to be an American. PTR Baler and Compactor Company is proud to produce an American-manufactured product. We promise to uphold our pledge to keep producing the safest, longest lasting, highest quality, American-made equipment in the industry.
Learn more at ptrco.com/made-in-the-usa/.
Expert Installation & Relocation
PTR Baler & Compactor offers equipment installation, modification and relocation services. Services are done promptly by our expert technicians to ensure proper functioning. This is key in the productivity and longevity of your waste equipment. If your equipment isn’t measuring up, contact PTR for an appointment today. We’ll promptly send our technicians out to evaluate the product. We specialize in offering custom solutions to maximize efficiency and optimal equipment performance.
What makes a ‘PTR Installation’?
• Top quality
• Unmatched Safety Culture
• Expert Technicians
• National Installation & relocation capabilities
• Pre-project survey programs
• Project Management
• Logistics coordination
• Custom engineered solutions
• Removal and disposition of old equipment
• Prompt delivery
• Fully insured
• 24/7 Service Support
PTR will schedule your baler, compactor or other waste equipment installation to fit your individual needs. On a tight time line for a grand opening, or need a system replace quickly? We’ll go above and beyond to get your installation completed.
We also offer relocation services. Our team is capable of moving your waste equipment from coast to coast. You handle the day to day operations of your business, and PTR will coordinate freight, equipment installation and propose the best custom solutions.
What are your objectives? PTR understands every company is different, and therefore requires it’s own unique solutions to give them the best results. We offer a variety of design features that will improve efficiency and durability. For example:
• Walk on Deck
• Walk on Deck full Enclosure
• Deck with Tipper
• Multi Story Chutes
• Baler Installations in basement
• Baler installations via elevator and upper floors
• Conveyor Feeds
If you need a modification or relocation, or have difficulty loading or operating your current equipment, contact PTR today. We’ll schedule an evaluate and offer an expertly crafted solution. Learn more at ptrco.com.
PTR Rebuilt for Success
PTR Rebuilt units are a great, economical option for companies that may not be financially able to purchase brand new waste equipment. What is PTR Rebuilt? They are fully inspected, certified & reconditioned vertical balers, stationary compactors and self-contained compactors.
There’s a lot that sets PTR a cut above the rest. We proudly train the best waste equipment experts and OEM factory trained technicians and meet and exceed OEM quality standards. Additionally, we include a 90 day limited warranty with your equipment purchase.
Not just any unit will qualify for PTR Rebuilt. The baler or compactor must be less than fifteen years old. No structural defects may be present. The unit must then pass a rigorous 52 Point Inspection. OEM standards must be reached in order to be PTR Certified. The thorough reconditioning is performed by PTR’s AWS certified welders, so you can be sure the job is done right. At this point any electrical, mechanical or hydraulic problems discovered are corrected. Then the refurbishing process begins.
-All wear parts are replaced
-Old parts are replaced with OEM certified parts
-Hydraulic oil drained and re-filled
-Moving parts greased
-All surfaces cleaned & freshly painted
-Application of new safety stickers
PTR balers and compactors are equipment that helps your company meet sustainability goals. By recycling your waste handling equipment, you’ll become an even greener company. Your PTR Rebuilt baler or compactor will look and work like new.
Learn more about PTR Certified Pre-Owned waste equipment today, or ask us about our Nationwide Rebuilding Programs. Click here to contact PTR.