Effective waste disposal solutions are crucial within many industrial and commercial environments. As a fair amount of refuse is often generated, the use of a bale stacker is often the best solution.
These bales compact specific types of waste (typically cardboard, paper, and some types of wood by products). Not only will this help to free up valuable space, but the bales can be easily manipulated. However, there are also times when numerous bales must be stored before disposal. This is when a bale stacker can be employed.
What Purposes Does a Bale Stacker Serve?
The main intention of a bale stacker is to increase efficiency when moving, sorting, and stacking multiple bales.
It should also be noted that the use of an automated bale stacker has become commonplace. The crane system illustrated here is a perfect example. Not only does automation lead to the ability to handle more bales, but it reduces the chances of operator errors. These are some reasons why bale stackers are an essential component of many operations. Furthermore, the huge volume of bales produced at packaging customers (up to 80 bales a day) can not be stored efficiently over the weekends if the recycling company doesn’t offer pick up services during this time.
How Does a Typical Bale Stacker Work?
Although the exact configurations will differ depending on the unit, there are still several primary features to note. One core component involves a wheel hub motor. This motor helps move the stacking assembly to various parts of the facility.
The second portion of a stacking system involves the presence of overhead rails. These rails guide the apparatus to predetermined locations. After that, the bails will be stacked according to a specific program.
A final accessory is the picking crane. This hydraulically powered crane will firmly grip the bales during the transportation process. It will then lower them into place. Modern bale stackers can often work in conjunction with cutting-edge industrial balers, such as those offered by Hunkeler Systeme.
Determining the Specifications of the Bale Stacking System
One of the advantages associated with bale stacking systems involves their flexibility. However, it is still important to choose the correct configuration. Determining the required specifications in advance can also optimize levels of in-house efficiency. Let us examine some other variables.
One obvious concern has to do with the weight that the stacking system can handle per load. This is important since different materials may be more difficult to transport in bulk. Weight limits are primarily determined by the rail system, the motor, and the picking crane.
Placement and Orientation of the Bales
Many facilities will designate a specific location where the bales will be stored before removal. It is essential that the stacking system is able to fully access this area. Therefore, the height of the crane as well as the orientation of the overhead rails should be addressed.
The Number of Bales Which Can be Stacked Atop One Another
Production facilities can save additional space by stacking the bales atop one another. We should still note that limitations must be addressed. The size of the bales, the proper shape of the bales, the materials, and the proper condition of the area all play important roles. However, it may still be possible to stack up to three bales.
The Type of Operator Interface
Safety and efficiency are both key concerns in relation to any bale stacking system. These concepts are directly related to the user interface. The unit should be easy to control, and all pertinent actions must be displayed clearly. That is why the team at Hunkeler Systeme has incorporated touchscreen control panels.
Once again, the notion of safety cannot be overstated. A recent study found that nearly five per cent of workplace accidents can be attributed to improper bale handling. Touchscreens and intuitive controls allow the operator to simultaneously monitor several parameters. Thus, it is possible to reduce the frequency of potentially serious workplace injuries.
Hunkeler Systeme: A Reliable Supplier of Bale Stackers
The team at Hunkeler Systeme AG has been providing high-quality waste evacuation solutions since 1990. During this time, we have also developed extremely innovative technologies. One example can clearly be seen in our line of bale stackers. Please note that these are often used in tandem with our selection of industrial presses and balers.
Of course, we are pleased to offer a host of other products and services. These include shredders, compact suction units, conveyors, and sorting systems. Would you like to learn more? If so, please take a moment to fill in our online contact form. A representative will be in touch shortly.