Industrial balers are utilized by the agriculture, industrial manufacturing, retail, oil, automotive and plastic products manufacturing industries, along with restaurants, schools and junk yards on a regular basis. They use balers to condense any material, including garbage, plastic, metal, paper, cloth and agricultural products like hay. Waste materials that will not be recycled are often compacted. This reduces the size of landfills. Most products like plastic bottles, cans and paper, which are recycled, are baled and compressed as part of the recycling process.
Perhaps the most common product used in baling, cardboard boxes are found in many industries and can take up a lot of space, money and time, since they are disposable and extremely common. By baling them together, work environments are more organized and recycling is easier. Using balers not only saves space and time, but money as well. The cost of labor is reduced and trash removal fees are lower when handling baled materials.
There are two main types of industrial balers-vertical and horizontal. Horizontal balers take up more floor space but have a greater load capacity, while vertical balers require manual unloading but produce much less waste. Most are powered with an electric motor and use a large metal ram to flatten the material. They also use a hydraulic system that reduces heat and energy loss. Balers are equipped with pumps that remove any leftover liquids from the material, both for sanitary conditions and worker safety.
Industrial balers can be a component of a system and work in conjunction with a conveyor or shredder, or handle material independently. The material or products are fed through the baler, then smashed down by a heavy and powerful ram. Bundles of compressed material are often bound with wire, plastic or string. Often, balers and compactors are often considered interchangeable terms, when in fact, they are different machines. They do similar work, but their specific functions within industries are slightly different.
Balers are mostly used for trash and recycle compacting, as well as agriculture material compacting. They compact and bind materials, while compactors are mostly used to compress and flatten waste materials that are headed to a land fill.