To Meet Rising Demand Companies are Doubling Down on Recycling Efforts
As the need for raw materials only continues to grow, along with the global population, more companies are turning to recycling and relying on recycled materials. The United States used 11% more aluminum in 2021. That is significant and just one example of the growing need across all industries. The US Steel industry already produces about 40% of the country’s aluminum from recycling scrap. And about 70% of aluminum cans are made from recycled aluminum.
This is no easy task, but companies are adapting. Artificial intelligence is already being tested and used to sort scrap. This potentially hazardous job can be done by robots, improving safety a great deal. It also helps with the purity of the stream of waste. This technology still has a long way to go, but its a great start and is already in full use at Ecorparc 4 in Barcelona, Spain.
And its not just aluminum. BMW has plans to utilize plastic waste from the ocean to make things like floor mats. The recycling shift will reduce their carbon footprint by about 25% they said. This is true innovation and makes sense on all levels.
Of course recycling benefits the environment. So its a good thing that it helps both the environment and the bottom line. This makes it way easier for companies to start or increase recycling efforts. The price for recycled beverage aluminum cans is up over 79% in the past year. The price of old aluminum scrap sheet is about 40% higher than a year ago. It clearly makes sense on all levels to recycle.
Speaking of the environment, PTR makes a solar powered compactor: The Polaris Power System.
The primary components of the solar power option include:
- Two 42 volt PV Photovoltaic Solar Panels,Each rated at 350 Watt. This converts sunlight into DC for powering and charing the machine.
- 6KW inverter with built in AC charger and built in Solar MPPT charger.
- 48 VDC 120Ah Battery Pack. This stores energy potential for machine power.
- Auxiliary Power to run the compactor. There are 2 option here. The first requires the operator to install a 120VAC 30Amp power line. The second line provides a 100ft plug in cord that can be powered by an 15amp convenience outlet for supplemental charging.
PTR offers many options for recycling programs. We make a wide assortment of vertical balers that can handle all types of materials. We also offer rebuilt vertical balers – they go through a rigorous inspection and fine tuning and they’re good to go. Whether you’re a retailer or a junkyard, starting a recycling program has numerous benefits. The extra revenue will eventually pay for any equipment you need to set up. Plus you’re helping the environment – which your customers will like to see.
Contact us today to learn more about starting or enhancing your recycling efforts!
PTR Baler & Compactor looks to hire a Mechanical Engineer
In this important role, the Mechanical Engineer reports directly to the Chief Engineer
PTR Baler & Compactor, headquartered in Philadelphia, is a world leader in the waste equipment industry. We manufacture and service vertical balers, self contained compactors and stationary compactors – all here in the USA. We’re looking to add a Mechanical Engineer to our growing team.
This role has specific key responsibilities. We’re always innovating here at PTR, so the Mechanical Engineer works on the engineering of both existing equipment modifications, in addition to the design of new equipment. As part of the PTR Team, they would also provide engineering support to sales, service and manufacturing departments internally.
Another important part of the job is analyzing project documents to determine total cost estimates, while having a good understanding of the processes involved in manufacturing and the ability to change the design to match production specs. A strong proficiency in 3-D modeling software is a must (Autodesk inventor, AutoCAD, etc) Also basic knowledge of drafting and best engineering design practices is required.
We would like someone with a minimum of three years of experience in the industrial equipment field. As with any successful team, superb communication skills are required. This is the perfect job for an engineer that has some experience and wants to be part of an innovative team with a “can do” attitude. Also, it’s a great job for someone that likes problem solving and trouble shooting. We’re always focused on improving our products and efficiency.
- Medical, Vision and Prescription Insurance (Don’t need medical benefits and have coverage from another resource-earn $55.00 a week once eligible for benefits).
- Discretionary Bonus Plan
- Dental Insurance
- 401(K) Plan with Profit Sharing and Company Match
- PTO/Vacation Pay
- 10 paid company Holidays (eligible at time of hire).
- Company paid Group Life insurance.
- Company paid Short-term Disability
- Flexible Spending Account
Visit our indeed page to learn more and apply!
PTR Baler & Compactor is Hiring
PTR Baler & Compactor is Hiring.
We’re expanding our team across the board.
PTR Baler and Compactor is a leading producer of trash compactors and vertical balers. We are proud to count some of America’s biggest retailers as our clients. This, along with our long history as a family owned and operated company makes for a solid foundation and a truly great place to work.
We offer a stellar benefits package, steady work, two pensions, and classes to build your skill set. Check out our Indeed page for full details. Job openings are below.
The Industrial Painter plays a key role in the production process of our equipment.
Tasks include high pressure airless painting of large balers, compactors and other equipment.Steady, even paint application with sprayer is a must. Other tasks include: Assemble and disassemble tools, Clean and maintain guns, pumps, and equipment, Troubleshoot and repair spray equipment, Repair blemishes in steel and paint.
The is another key role in helping keeping our operations moving.
The right candidate must have knowledge and the ability to troubleshoot motor control circuits and have experience working with 3 phase power up to 480 volts and on the repair and preventative maintenance of Hydraulic Brakes and Shears, MIG Welding Machines, Power Saws, and Air compressor systems. Basic Millwright experience with machinery installation and interpreting drawings is required. One must also be able to work at heights on overhead cranes, run electrical conduit to repair and troubleshoot. Also work with shop operations and vendors to repair and preform preventative maintenance of facility equipment.
Be a part of the manufacturing come back here in America. Work on vertical bales and compactors.
The right person for the job can MIG Weld, tack and fabricate products with blueprints. One also must have the ability to read and understand blueprints/weld symbols. Prior MIG welding and fitting experience and Formal MIG weld training and education are musts.
We’re seeking an industrial electrician at our Philadelphia headquarters. The right candidate would have a high school diploma or the equivalent. One year of schematics is required. We would prefer someone with at least 3 years of commercial. Also, one would need to know how to interpret drawings, blueprints, and electrical code specifications; install and fix wiring. Also troubleshooting, fixing and maintaining, both industrial, electrical, and electronic systems.
Learn more on our Linkedin page
The Market for Recycling Metal is now Projected to reach $384 Billion by 2030
Recycling metals is important for both the environment and for industries. PTR has lead the way by helping our clients get their recycling programs up and running with either new Vertical Balers or rebuilt Vertical Balers. By recycling, our clients turn what once was trash into a valuable recycling commodity. Now more than ever, with supply chain issues and shortages, recycling plays a key role.
Recycling scrap metals like stainless steel, copper, iron, and aluminum is a great way to both help the environment, industry, and your bottom line. There are a growing number of end uses for recycled metals and the demand continues to grow. In addition, all commodities are going up in price and that trend looks to be in place for a couple years.
Straits Research predicts the Compound Annual Growth Rate for the metals recycling market is 5.85% and that the market will reach $384 Billion by 2030. Check out their in depth analysis here .
That being said, if you don’t have a recycling program in place, now is the time to get started. The benefits are many:
• Convert your trash into cash
• The demand for metals is only going to increase
• The price paid for recycled metals looks to increase
• The benefit to the environment is huge and diverse
• Reduces the need to transport waste
• Highlight your recycling program on your website and promotions – it shows you have the environment in mind, an important factor for both potential clients and employees
PTR provides top quality waste and recycling stream solutions custom designed to fit your needs. Contact us today to learn more.
Already have a recycling program in place? Now is a good time to enhance or upgrade it, due to increased demand. Add a new or rebuilt baler to your line up. Its also a good time to negotiate better rates from whomever you sell your baled metals to. Shop around and see where you can get the best price.
Be sure to advertise the fact that you have a recycling program in place. Include on your website, social media posts, and marketing to existing clients. It shows you’re doing your part to improve the environment by helping to preserve natural resources.
NOT HAPPY WITH YOUR LOW COST VERTICAL BALER?
With the cost of steel, a lot of the competitors may be tempted to lighten or change their products main ingredients (safety switches, gauge of steel, change their major components of power unit and or cylinder). PTR prides itself on our uncompromising design, and time tested performance. It’s times like this when commodity increases are occurring we keep these commitments to our customers & equipment design. We’re in it for the long haul with our clients.
24/7 service is just a phone call away. Everything from general maintenance to emergency service calls. And we have service centers in all fifty states. Our vertical balers now have a QR code on them – a quick scan gets you to the parts you need, the maintenance you need and the specs you need.
We make vertical balers suited for Supermarkets, Retail Chains, Hospitals, Hotels & Malls, Warehouses, Recycling Centers Retail Chains, Distribution Centers, Manufacturing Plants and more!
Our Smart Baler option comes with a user-friendly touchscreen panel, keyless operation, fingerprint reader, triple safety switch, precise weights, accurate data readings and reporting, quiet pump power unit. Increase safety and efficiency with this state of the art system.
PTR’s certified Pre-owned equipment is an economical solution to your recycling needs. Each certified machine must pass our 52-point inspection process and is reconditioned to ‘like-new’ quality. Each unit is painted and has all safety stickers reapplied. Covered by a full 90 day parts and labor warranty, you can have peace of mind that your equipment is built to last.PTR represents years of developmental design, testing, and quality control. Contact us today to discover a solution for your low cost vertical baler.
Our Complete Parts Catalog is Now Available – A Great Resource to Have on Hand at Your Shop
The 3rd edition of the PTR Baler & Compactor Parts Catalog is now available. This is a must have resource to have on hand. It includes Hydraulic, Electrical and Mechanical Parts. Your replacement parts standards matter to us. All PTR parts are OEM certified to ensure you receive the correct parts for your PTR manufactured or non-PTR equipment. All baler and compactor parts are backed by our one year replacement warranty.
The catalog is nicely organized into Electrical parts, Hydraulic parts, Mechanical parts and Rebuild Kits. Also included is section with the most popular parts, power units, power paks and control panels. Control panels include everything from our standard baler control panel to our VFD control panels for balers and compactors.
The electrical parts section includes switches, relays, sensors, pedal and pressure switches and more. Detailed full color diagrams of the power units are included to help you zero in on what parts you need.This is essential and time saving reference.
The hydraulic parts section includes cylinders, pumps, motors, valves, hoses, fittings and more. Every part is represented with a full color photo and specs so you can ensure you’re getting what you need.
The mechanical parts section includes ratchet binders, binder hooks, door seals, ejection hooks, cylinder pins, internal pipe kits, security doors and baler safety gate assembly.
The rebuild kits section shows kits for the PTR self-contained rebuild kit, the popular 2300 & 3400HD baler rebuild kit, Marathon rebuild kits, Oil heat kits and more. Each kit lists the all the parts and quantities you’ll need. Detailed diagrams are included as well.
And of course we have a section complete will all decals and where they go on the equipment. Motor wiring guides are also included. We also have some essential maintenance tips for adjusting the reverse timer set-point, how to adjust a multi-cycle on a standard compactor program and more.
As a manufacturer with a large service division repairing all makes and models, PTR maintains a large stock of parts in our distribution warehouses. We buy in bulk giving us a large purchasing discount which we pass on to our customers.
We value and cherish maintaining and building relationships with all customers. At PTR we are dedicated to our customer’s success and pride ourselves on building long lasting partnerships.
Visit our parts website to secure your copy of our 2022 parts catalog. We look forward to serving you!
PTR Baler & Compactor – All You Need To Know
We’re known for our iconic green vertical balers. But there is so much more to PTR Baler & Compactor.
The Smart Baler
Did you know that after years of research and development, we launched our Smart Baler. PTR’s Smart Baler features some of the most innovative technology in the industry. It will revolutionize your organizations current waste and recycling processes and will undoubtedly increase speed, accuracy, efficiency and safety. The user friendly touchscreen control panel resembles that of current technology. Keyless operation means no more looking for lost keys, just use your PIN number. You also have access to precise weights and accurate data readings.
The Quiet Pump Power Unit
This is another important area where we innovated. The revolutionary PTR Quiet Pump now comes standard on the Smart Baler. It can also be retrofitted to existing units. The quiet pump operates at around 60 decibels, which is comparable to a quiet conversation. Its benefits are exponential beyond the reduction of dangerous decibel levels. It results in a better performing baler, more productive employees, less maintenance, cost savings and more.
PTR’s certified Pre-owned equipment is an economical solution to your recycling needs. Each certified machine must pass our 52-point inspection process and is reconditioned to ‘like-new’ quality. Each unit is painted and has all safety stickers reapplied. Covered by a full 90 day parts and labor warranty, you can have peace of mind that your equipment is built to last. These are throughly reconditioned and go through a 52 point inspection process.
PTR Service provides a one stop solution for the service needs of our customers. Our service capability covers the United States, Canada and parts of South America. PTR Service can support your need for service on all makes and models of Balers and Compactors. Our regional service offers additional support for Dock levelers, Door Seals, Floor Scrubbers and mobility products. We utilize a proprietary service management system to track and manage all service calls for quick resolution. PTR Service also offers 24/7 coverage to make sure that your emergency calls are expedited.
Sustainability Officers: PTR Baler and Compactor company offers many solutions to your organization’s sustainability and recycling goals. If you are implementing a zero waste or corporate sustainability program, we can help. By diverting cardboard, paper, plastics, shrink wrap, and aluminum into recyclable commodities your company can achieve its targeted waste reduction goals. PTR offers a full line of waste reduction and recycling equipment to meet your needs.
PTR’s sustainability Policy: PTR contributes to a healthier environment through sustainability practices that positively impact its internal and the external natural environment, employee health, welfare and the community. PTR is committed to the responsible use of environmental resources as a means of living its core values.
Stay tuned for part two of this blog, where we will explore other aspects of PTR that you may not be familiar with.
PTR – Always Focused on Our Customers – and Also on Our Team
At PTR Baler & Compactor we have a dual focus – Helping our customers and our team. Did you know that we have service centers in all 50 states? This ensures our customers can get the repair services what they need, when they need it. We understand that any amount of downtime can cause serious problems, so our network of service techs are fully equipped to handle any repairs.
We have been proactive during the supply chain disruptions most businesses are experiencing recently. Our parts department is fully stocked – we can ship the parts needed to make needed repairs. And since all of our vertical balers and compactors are made right here in America – there are no worries about delays due to shipping and backed up ports.
Speaking of transport, we are upgrading our Fleet of Service vehicles. We listened to our service tech’s needs and followed through to get them what they need. They’re thrilled to have an upgraded vehicle with everything they need to get the job done, with nothing holding them back. Happy employees make for a job well done! We understand that our service techs are often the face of PTR. They’re in the field interacting with our customers. The importance of their job is two fold – make any needed repairs and developing the client relationship. We are truly partners with all of our clients.
This is one example of how we’re focused on what our team needs. Its not just about the customer, but our employees as well. This is why we have many employees that have been with us for 10, 20 or 30 years! And we’ve also had customers for that long as well.
This secret to our success is quite simple. We keep both our customers and our employees best interests in mind with everything we do. With these aligned goals, its a win-win-win.
Interested in joining our team? Check our our job openings
PTR Baler & Compactor Continues to Lead the Way in Sustainability, Efficiency and Innovation.
Since we have aligned our business goals, sustainability goals and innovation goals we continue to make meaningful progress. One important thing to keep in mind is that innovation does not need to be something complicated. It can be the simplest of things that make a big difference. Also, one has to look at their customers “pain points” and provide a solution.
We started putting scannable QR codes on all of our Vertical Balers and Compactors. Each decal is specific to that piece of equipment. A quick scan can provide:
• Information from the product manual
• Links to parts to order online
• One click for a service call
• One click to speak to a sales rep
And the benefits to this are many!
• Reduce paper use. No more printed manuals! We will significantly reduce paper usage.
• Increased efficiency for our customers
– Order parts online in minutes
– Save time across the board
– Make a service call in minutes
– Refer to the product manual in minutes
– No more searching for the product manual, access it with a scan
Everyone knows that in business, increased efficiency equals increased profits. Saving time here and there throughout the day adds up. Every minute counts!
This process also allows us to make update to the the landing pages for the QR codes. So when we update information for a particular model, customers will know next time they scan the QR code for their machine. No need for a second version of a printed manual. All information is updated in real time.
So as you can see, a simple change like this can make a big difference. We’re focused on every detail when it comes to manufacturing, efficiency and sustainability. The rewards are well worth it!
PTR Baler & Compactor Looks to Expand Their Team at their Philadelphia Headquarters
PTR Baler and Compactor (PTR) is a leader in the production of waste compactors and vertical balers for recyclable products. The company is thriving due to growth, stability, and client retention of some of the most well-known retailers in the U.S. We’re looking to expand our team and have some exciting job openings.
PTR is a family run business. We views our employees as one of our valuable resources and are offering full-time work, and a stellar compensation and benefit package that includes but is not limited to:
• Medical, Vision, Short Term Disability, and Dental Insurance 100% paid by PTR for the Employee
• Company paid Life Insurance
• 2 Pensions
To apply and learn more click here Indeed.com
All PTR Balers and Compactors are made right here in the USA. This position is key to our manufacturing efforts. We have opening for both day shift and night shift.
MIG Weld, tack and fabricate products with blueprints.
Basic mathematical and measurement skills.
Ability to read and understand blueprints/weld symbols.
Prior MIG welding and fitting experience.
Formal MIG weld training and education
High School diploma or GED required.
Must have a minimum of 2 plus years of MIG welding experience.
MIG Welding certification required.
Formal (technical school) welding training or schooling.
Ability to work overtime as needed.
Willing to work 1st or 2nd shift as needed.
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
PTR is seeking General Laborers to assist skilled positions in all manufacturing operations throughout our facility, including:
• cleaning tools and equipment
• collection of scrap metal material
• Material handling through the use of carts and cranes
• emptying of used equipment
• Applying safety and informational decals
• Minor facility maintenance.
We are looking to hire painters to take care of painting our balers and compactors. This is an important step in the process. We take care to make sure our balers and compactors look as good as the function.
· Spray large commercial grade equipment (100+ units produced weekly)
· 2 plus years of related experience of spray painting (auto industry painting is a plus)
· Steady, even paint application with sprayer
· Ability to assemble and disassemble tools
· Ability to clean and maintain guns, pumps and equipment
· Troubleshoot and repair spray equipment
· Repair blemishes in steel and paint
· 2 plus years of related experience
· Formal (technical school) paint training and education
· High School diploma or GED preferred
· Ability to work overtime and on 1st or 2nd shift as needed
· Basic mathematical and measurement skills
FORK LIFT MECHANIC
PTR is seeking an experienced Forklift Mechanic to do maintenance and repairs on our forklifts that are used throughout our Philadelphia location, as well as other maintenance tasks as need.
Inspects forklift truck fleet to ensure trucks are working properly and safely.
Identifies any forklift trucks that need repairs.
Removes unsafe equipment from the facility operating area and notifies the supervisor.
Repairs and maintains various types of forklift trucks including electric, diesel-powered, and propane-powered.
Tests forklift trucks to ensure repairs are completed correctly.
Schedules and performs routine maintenance for forklift trucks.
Ensures batteries for electric forklift trucks are properly maintained.
Maintains repair log for forklift truck fleet.
Assist with troubleshooting and repair of buildings and installed systems to include: plumbing systems, kitchen equipment, roofs, drains, shop and HVAC.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Ability to use hand and power tools to repair forklift trucks.
Excellent mechanical repair skills.
Ability to read repair manuals for various types of forklift trucks.
Analytical and problem-solving skills.
Ability to follow instructions
Education and Experience:
High School diploma or GED.
3 plus years of related experience.
Completion of Forklift Truck Mechanic’s training course required.
Ability to work overtime and be on call.
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at a time.
Must be physically capable of accessing all parts of the forklift truck needing repairs or maintenance, either by kneeling, reaching, stooping, standing, pulling, pushing or lying on back.
The Forklift Mechanic will work in open warehouse/garage environment. Working with loud noise, hazardous chemicals, and limited space at times.