Improvements in the RotoPac
KenBay has recently made a number of significant enhancements and improvements to their worldwide workhorse industrial waste rotary compactor, the RotoPac to keep pace with changes in the marketplace. With increase demand over the last year, KenBay found it necessary to upgrade to a manufacturing partner who could meet the demand while continuing to upgrade, improve and enhance our compactors to achieve customer’s zero waste objectives.
The RotoPac was designed over 20 years ago in Ireland to provide maximum waste compaction (6 to 1) with a small footprint (51” x 61”) in the space-starved manufacturing facilities of Europe. This was achieved through the unique design of a distributor that provided hydraulic power to a drum that continually rotated and swept, ultimately applying continuous compaction to waste through higher than expected torque. The waste is compacted in polyethylene bags on average weighing over 500 lbs. Its design was made simple to use and maintain, delivering longevity of use.
Since its inception, thousands of RotoPac Industrial Waste Compactors have been installed worldwide, usually by repeat customers in various facilities and warehouse location because of the machine’s ability to deliver on it promises — achieving and exceeding its design goals. Many enhancements and improvements have been made over the years resulting in a range of compactors for many different applications and different environments. Our compactors are now made exclusively in North America for the global market.
Not all the enhancements and improvements made to the RotoPac over the past year can be shown in pictures. However, the following pictures show just one simple improvement where the electronic controls were separated from the hydraulics to reduce maintenance and improve accessibility to each.
Enhancements to the RotoPac
Many enhancements made to the RotoPac this past year that improve ease of use, longevity and operational integrity are listed below:
- Increased chrome hardening of distributor shaft and significantly improved seals
- PLC provides relay that allows the RotoPac to automatically synch up with other equipment such as a trim system or conveyor.
- UL Listed Panels to exceed standards
- 24 Volt DC control voltage
- PLC with HMI touch screen provides increased functionality
- User friendly simplified controls
- Powder coated paint throughout
- Category 2 Safety Circuit
- Interior 90 degree angles have been changed to eliminate dust gathering
- New push button station, which is now a PLC, is integrated into the main cabinet.
- Rear tower now descends to the floor for greater strength and stability.
- Rear cabinet doors have been redesigned for greater structural integrity.
Loading door hinges are behind walls to remove dust gathering on them.
Do you have facility costs that you haven’t factored into your bottom line? Every production facility has waste. It’s unavoidable. But knowing how to adequately reduce its footprint, its hauling cost and potential for possible injuries can make all the difference in the world. If you have cardboard boxes coming into your production area filled with components or supplies and you are still breaking them down by hand, you have room for improvement. Cardboard is recyclable. It’s also messy if not properly dealt with at the point of taking out components. If you’re chasing after savings in your facility by parring down production costs, it might make sense to first examine how you are dealing with excess cardboard.
It’s Simple…Reduce Costs That Are Adding Up
Does dispersing components/supplies received add to the problem of disposing of the packaging materials in your plant? Some areas may be in foods or medicines processing areas where disposing of the packaging there is not permitted. Many locations that receive components/supplies may not have the space there, especially if it is expected to separate the trash from the packaging that can be recycled. In addition, unpacking on the production line may have an effect upon production.
What You Can Do to Reduce Facility Costs
An effective way to solve these problems may be to consider unpacking components where they are received. This can have a number of the following benefits:
- Save space in the production area
- Reduce the cost of collecting the packaging material
- Make it more cost effective in compacting for disposal of the packaging material
- Reduce traffic of persons and/or forklifts in the plant
KenBay has been providing companies with the ability to package the materials more cost effectively by reducing labor and achieving much higher compaction.
Turn to KenBay for a Better Compactor
There’s a lot of compactor options out there to reduce your facility costs. It may be tempting to think that bigger is better. But buying a large bulky compactor is no guarantee of power. Instead, why not try one of KenBay’s RotoPacs? The RotoPac is portable, so you can transport it easily across the floor to wherever you need. Put it right at the source of your waste for maximum effect. And you can bet that the RotoPac has a fantastic compaction rate! If you want to try out a RotoPac for yourself, visit our website to try one out for yourself. You’ll be impressed at it’s power . . . and your savings!
It All Started with a Cubic Yard Box
It won’t come as any surprise to most folks that bulk waste has high associated disposal costs. We’d like to share a story about a West Coast Aircraft Service Facility client of ours who serves the aircraft industry and the waste they produce is considered hazardous, which adds a whole additional level of complexity to the situation! The story begins with the switch to a Cubic Yard Box!
Jim Kirby supports a Paint Hangar Operations; the paint masking material contains chrome related primers and requires a Class 1 Fire Protection Unit. Their operations use a RotoPac® they rented from KenBay along with a 40 yard roll-off bin. The first round of compaction was done in 55 gallon metal drums, and shipped to their hazardous waste vendor in Tennessee for fuel blend. In addition, the larger materials would be compacted in the RotoPac and then shipped to a local waste vendor and then repackaged into a cubic yard box and ship to Tennessee for fuel blend. There were several associated costs with this approach, and as you can imagine, those costs quickly added up to a big expense.
One day their hazardous waste vendor made a change that sparked a huge savings for Jim’s company. They started requiring the waste be put into a hazardous waste rated cubic yard box instead of the drums and the cubic yard bags they had used historically. It was important to find the most efficient way to accommodate this change. Since there was already collaborative relationship with KenBay and they were already renting a RotoPac, it made sense to start with KenBay. Don Meis, the founder of KenBay spent time researching the new requirements and he presented a simple solution. There was a way to outfit the RotoPac so that it could compact waste directly into the cubic yard box.
The modification included the following:
- Remove the protection shield
- Stabilize the Unit to ensure the cubic yard box doesn’t move during compaction
- Use a shorter RotoPac drum
- Install guard rails to prevent the boxes from expanding as waste was compacted
That did the trick!
So their old process which required 55 gallon metal drums, a 40 yard roll-off bin, liners, transport to local waste vendor and finally shipping to Tennessee in a cubic yard box to fuel blend, was all reduced to onsite waste compaction indoors without exposing the environment to the hazardous waste, with better logistics, better security and lower costs!
We mentioned 83% savings. Can that be true? Let’s take a look at the numbers:
- For the first 6 months of 2015, the costs utilizing the 40 yard roll off and shipping to TN to fuel blend totaled $86,000
- For the second 6 months of 2015, the costs of using a customized RotoPac, compacting on-site and shipping to TN fuel blend totaled $14, 500
- An annual savings of $71,500!
The great part of this story is how they captured all associated costs and eventual savings as a result of making a few changes to their RotoPac compactor. How many of us pay the bills on a monthly basis without wondering how things could be done smarter and more cost effectively?
The costs for the old process came from various sources:
- 55 gallon metal drums
- The roll-off bin had to be kept outdoors, required a lid and regular maintenance and it took up a lot of physical space.
- Liners for the RotoPac
- Labor of transporting waste from paint operations to the outdoors where the 40 yard roll off was kept
- Pulls from the 40 yard roll-off bin cost $15 per pull and they averaged 10 pulls per year.
- Paying the hazardous waste vendor for the labor, fuel and materials required to put waste in a cubic yard box, blend and ship.
In 2016 Jim decided it was time to stop renting the RotoPac from KenBay and purchase it outright and he hasn’t looked back! Contact us at KenBay. Explain your specific sources of waste and we’ll recommend a process that is safe, efficient and cost effective. It would be our pleasure!
Balers are popular, no doubt about that. Every year, companies wrestle with the decision over whether to purchase one. Do the benefits outweigh the expenses? How much money can you really save? These are just a few of the questions that companies ask themselves. But what many of them might not think of is that there is another option: a cardboard compactor. While not as well-known, cardboard compactors offer numerous advantages over traditional balers. Here are three ways that they are superior to the competition.
Whether it’s using a cardboard compactor or promoting the value of zero waste, KenBay is committed to recycling. We offer a wide range of compactors to you. For more information, visit our website.
3 Ways a Cardboard Compactor is Superior to a Baler
One problem with using a baler is the need for continuous compaction. Most standard balers do not provide the option for continuous compaction. In order to get it, you need to order additional specialized equipment or attachments. This costs additional expenses that you probably want to avoid. Also, if the specialized equipment breaks, you need to spend even more money to repair or replace it. Continuous compaction is better because your waste is better reduced, and it’s easier to transport.
A Cardboard Compactor Requires No Special Skills
Another problem with a baler is that it requires a specialist to use. Many balers do not fully compact plastic. They create stages of the plastic. Then, a specialist on standby needs to bale the plastic manually and insert bale ties to remove it. This is much more time consuming and inconvenient. A much better option is to let the machine do all the work. A cardboard compactor continuously rotates the plastic into place, and then it’s easy to remove by anyone.
A Cardboard Compactor is Safer Than a Baler
Think about this also: when balers require specialists to handle, there’s a greater chance that someone is hurt. Generally, when a process involves more people, it is riskier. A cardboard compactor is better requires minimal labor because it doesn’t need specialized training. Additionally, some companies only allow for union workers to handle balers. A cardboard compactor is so easy to use that anyone can do it! Safety should be a paramount reason for companies to make decisions like this. And in this case, the ease and automation clearly put cardboard compactors on top.
Choose a KenBay RotoPac for Your Cardboard Compactor
KenBay offers a fantastic cardboard compactor to you through our RotoPacs. RotoPacs not only are safe, easy and offer continuous compaction, they offer even more! They’re portable and very easy to move around your facility. You can put them right at the source of your waste, reducing clutter and improving overall safety even further. If you would like to try out a KenBay RotoPac for yourself, you can try one before you buy one. Simply pay a small fee and we’ll send one to your location. Best of all, there’s no complicated process if you want to keep it for life. Simply pay the rest of the full price, and it’s yours!
At KenBay, we strive to achieve our goal of a zero waste initiative. But that doesn’t mean we don’t also want to make sure your job is as easy as possible. We recognize the importance of manufacturing plants, especially when those plants are for companies making food! We all love food, and who can resist a delicious bite of a cookie? Unfortunately, while we may all appreciate the end result, we hardly ever think about what happens behind the scenes. Food manufacturers need to keep on top of their budget as well. Sometimes that means buying product in bulk and purchasing wholesale baking ingredients. But are these hefty sacks of flour, starch, and other good really saving that much money? For some people, they might not be! How do you know the true cost of wholesale baking ingredients? We are glad you asked!
KenBay supports manufacturers just as much as the environment. Visit our website to learn more about who we are, how we work, and what we can do for you!
THE COST OF WHOLESALE BAKING INGREDIENTS
It doesn’t matter whether you are running your own plant or just buying your weekly groceries, the truth is the same: buying bulk means buying heavy. In this case, baking ingredients come in huge heavy sacks, often weighing up to fifty pounds! But wait! You may think that cost savings happen because buying bulk means buying less often over time. While that may be true, there are other factors at play as well. For example, are the sheer amount of discarded bags overwhelming your plant floor? They don’t just look unsightly, they create a workspace hazard as well. What about the cost of moving them elsewhere? Factor in the man hours and cost of labor, and you can see how quickly the savings dwindle. Finally, ask yourself how much those sacks are overrunning your dumpster. Are you having to schedule more trips to the landfill overall because you can’t use your dumpster otherwise? Again, if the answer is yes then its time for a change!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
One of the things that you can do is to dump those sacks for wholesale baking ingredients into a compactor right away. A portable compactor is best, that way you can place it right where you need it and not have to worry about paying for extra hauling labor. Since the sacks are so big and durable, it is also important to make sure your compactor is powerful, able to handle a heavy duty load with ease. Fortunately for you, such a compactor exists. KenBay’s RotoPacs are small enough to be mobile but mighty enough to handle even the toughest waste loads. We offer a special try it before you buy it program, so that you can see for yourself the difference one RotoPac can make. Best of all, if you like the test run, you have the option to keep it for life! Simply pay the difference in cost, and the RotoPac we let you borrow becomes your official property. If you would like to learn more about the RotoPac or any of our other fantastic compactors, visit our website today. Don’t bake yourself into a corner when it comes to your bulk sacks. Turn to KenBay to keep your floor clean and your wallet happy!
Got an old painting project that you haven’t done in a while? Maybe some old cans stored up in the garage that you haven’t used yet? What about if you’re involved in the manufacturing industry? Paint is certainly useful, but unused wasteful paint can actually be really harmful. Worse still, disposing of paint can get . . . complicated. So if you have some extra cans lying around, here’s some advice on how to get rid of old paint.
For this and other great waste removal tips, rely on KenBay to have the info you need. We commit ourselves to a zero-waste initiative, and encourage other companies to follow suit. visit KenBay’s website today and learn about our wide assortment of compactors available.
How to Get Rid of Old Paint (And Other Safety Tips)
Check what kind of paint it is
There’s basically two kinds of paint we’re concerned about: oil and latex. Latex is water based and very safe to store. Most of the paint you encounter for home use is latex based. Oil paint is highly toxic and flammable and should be handled with care. For these tips, we’ll be separating them into oil and latex categories.
Oil: Do NOT throw away in the trash
This is important with latex paint as well, but even more so for oil-based: do not just throw it away in the garbage! Oil paint could ignite easily and deal some serious fire damage to whoever is handling it.
Oil: Do not store for too long!
Equally as important: while you can store latex paint for a long time, oil paint will eventually reach an expiration limit. Once that occurs, it can emit dangerous toxic fumes.
Oil: Take to a proper facility which handles HHW.
Oil paint is classified as a HHW, which stands for Household Hazardous Waste. There are facilities specially handled to dispose of these kinds of materials. Find one in your local area to take your oil-based paint to.
Check your drop off-time
While you’re searching for an HHW disposal facility, make sure you check if there are any special regulated drop off or pickup times.
Latex: When Possible, Recycle Your Old Paint
Latex paint can be stored for a long time, but don’t let it go to waste on your shelf! It is possible to recycle old paint at special facilities. Find one in your local area! Or repurpose leftover paint for some other project. Perhaps there are some small toys in need a color touch up?
Latex: Donate to someone else in need.
If you can’t (or don’t want to) recycle your paint, see if someone else can use it!
Latex: If possible, move into a smaller jar or can.
If space is your main concern, it is perfectly fine to move your excess paint into a smaller mason jar or old soup can. Make sure you cover the lid completely with something like saran wrap so that it doesn’t dry.
Latex: Turn into a Dry Solid First
If you simply must dispose of your latex paint, don’t make a mess by pouring it into the trash. Instead, harden the paint first. Let it sit outside with the lid open and the sun will take care of the rest. After the paint is hardened, it is perfectly safe to throw out, along with the old can.
Latex: Mix with Newspaper or Cat Litter to Speed Dry
For the impatient among us, simply mix the old paint with shredded newspaper, sawdust, or cat litter. The material causes the paint to dry faster, and you will be able to dispose of it quicker.
We hope you found these tips on how to get rid of old paint useful! For non-paint related waste, trust KenBay to have the compactors you need. Our RotoPac can handle any major waste challenge with ease. If you want to experience one for yourself, you can try it before you buy it.
Everyone likes to save a little money, right? These days, it seems like it’s more important than ever to stay frugal and efficient. Cut costs when you can. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to know what the right way to save money is. For example, how can you save money while still handling your plastic waste responsibly? One solution is to invest in a solid plastic compactor. You may think that buying one of these is actually so expensive that any minor savings wouldn’t be worth it. But KenBay is here to tell you that it’s cheaper than you realize! Here’s how to calculate what a plastic compactor would save you.
KenBay is devoted to zero waste, whether it’s plastic, paper, or otherwise! If you want to learn more about our zero waste initiative, please visit our website.
What is Your Transport Cost?
The first thing you can calculate is how much you’re spending on transportation. It may seem like a minor detail, but you’d be surprised how much money transportation eats up! Especially with the rising cost of gas, shipping and transport of plastic waste can be costly. Additionally, you may be wasting money by filling up the truck with mostly air! Manpower alone is usually not enough to compress the plastic tightly enough. That means that less plastic fits on the truck. Which means you’re paying for more trips back and forth between your facility and the plastic recycling company. A plastic compactor mechanically compresses the plastic together and doesn’t allow for any air. You load more onto the truck and only pay for what you need.
What is Your Manpower Cost?
The second most important factor to calculate is the cost of manpower and labor. Hey, it’s not gonna move itself! In fact, most manufacturers have so much plastic waste that it can require an entire team of people to load, haul, and unload it. A plastic compactor cuts down on these expenses because it’s on site. Thus, you rely on your own people to load it on the truck. Don’t worry, those laborers aren’t out of a job. There’s plenty of other places without a plastic compactor willing to hire them.
Are There Any Additional Costs?
Finally, make sure to factor in the savings that come from not needing to rely on a third party. Junk haulers and moving companies are great, but saving money feels even better. When you let a plastic compactor handle half of your labor, you avoid unnecessary surcharges and fees. Sounds good to us!
For the best line of compactors, plastic or otherwise, please be sure to check out KenBay. We’ve done the research, and our RotoPac can handle double the plastic load of other compactors out there. If you want to test it for yourself, you can try one before you buy one. If you’re satisfied with the experience and want to keep it, hey no problem! Simply pay the difference and keep the RotoPac we already sent you. You’ll be amazed at what you save when you try a RotoPac!
Is your Industrial Trash Compactor a living nightmare? Do you wake up in cold sweats, imagining jammed machinery and large bulky mechanics? Does your money have a habit of suddenly vanishing and you can’t explain why? Well we know how you feel! KenBay isn’t in the business of nightmares, in fact quite the opposite! We believe that every Industrial Trash Compactor should be a dream come true. And a dream is a wish your wallet makes . . . or something like that. So after you’re done thinking about your dream job, dream partner, or dream vacation, spend some of that brain energy on your dream compactor. We have a few ideas!
If you are interested in any of KenBay’s impressive and affordable line of compactors, please visit our website. You’ll learn more about who we are and what we do, along with our commitment to a zero-landfill initiative.
Your Dream Industrial Trash Compactor Should be Portable
The word “bulk” is probably about the least dreamy word you could ever imagine. Does anyone like the sound of that? We sure don’t, which is why we think portable is the way to go. With a portable trash compactor, you don’t need to use a ridiculous amount of space. You also don’t need to waste time carrying your garbage back and forth — simply dump it in at the source! A portable trash compactor can help improve safety as well. No risk of your waste becoming a hazard through littering or carelessness.
Your Dream Industrial Trash Compactor Should be Efficient
Next up on our list of “least dreamiest words of all time” is the word jam. Now, I don’t mean the fruity kind of jam you spread on your toast. That jam is plenty dreamy, especially when it’s mixed berry. No, I’m talking about the kind of jam that occurs when your compactor is overloaded. Other compactors can only handle about 300 lbs. But a dream compactor should be able to handle twice that amount. Additionally, it should continuously press the waste into a compact cube shape, making sure its as tight as possible.
Your Dream Industrial Trash Compactor Should Save Labor
Finally, it’s not really a dream if you’re shilling out big bucks. Some other compactors require teams of additional laborers to load and unload the garbage. And you’re paying the cost! Instead of that, use a compactor that is so easy to use that one person could do it. No need to throw your money at your waste again!
KenBay has an impressive line up of dream compactors all for you! Our standout is the RotoPac, the original star, and it’s a standout for a reason! The RotoPac can handle approximately 600 lbs of waste, packing a lot of power for such a small size! If you want to try out the RotoPac or any other compactor for yourself, then visit our website. You can try one before you buy one, and if you like it, then pay to keep it! Wake up from your nightmares, and start living the dream, with KenBay!
Let’s play a quick game. It’s called “Where Can I Throw Away My Chemical Waste?” Sound like fun? Oh hush, you know it does. So let’s start! So where can you throw away your chemical waste? In the garbage you say? Sorry, that’s the incorrect answer! Down the drain? Wrong again! Throw it out into the street? Are you even trying at this? Okay, okay, we’ll stop messing with you, you probably got our point. Proper chemical disposal is not only an environmental issue, it’s a general safety issue as well. You definitely want to make sure you’re following proper protocol. How do you know you are? Read on and find out.
KenBay is a company committed to proper disposal of waste, chemical or otherwise. We believe in a zero-waste initiative and encourage other companies to do the same!
Why is Chemical Disposal Important?
Now, we assume if you’re worked in the manufacturing industry for a few years that you understand why proper chemical disposal is critically important. If that’s the case, feel free to skip down to the next paragraph. For everyone else, here’s what you need to know. Improper chemical disposal can have devastating effects on both people and the environment. If you just throw it out with the regular waste, you put sanitation workers at risk. When you flush it down the drain, you send it to a water treatment facility that probably isn’t made to handle it. Finally, if you just throw it outside, you risk causing incredible damage to the local environment. We know you don’t want to do any of these things, so what’s the right way to handle it?
First, Avoid Unsafe Practices
The first thing you need to ensure is that you’re not already disposing of waste improperly, even incidentally. Check through your practices for your workplace, including any chemical labs if that’s necessary. If you uncover any improper chemical disposal in your investigation, shut down that practice immediately.
Second, Conduct Research
The most important thing you can do is keep yourself informed about proper chemical disposal. We wish that it were as easy as saying “put chemicals here!” but that obviously isn’t the case. Different chemicals may require different disposal methods. Not to mention the different federal and state regulations that you also need to comply with. Those, obviously, may change depending on your location. A great resource to turn to is the Environmental Protection Agency website. The EPA is a valuable resource when it comes to waste management of any kind. One of the benefits here is that they offer a comprehensive breakdown of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, which covers hazardous waste disposal. If you’re looking to learn more about hazardous waste, this is a great place to start.
Once you’re up to date on your info, it will be easier to implement the state and federal practices to dispose of your chemical waste properly. And for all your waste disposal needs, you can rely on KenBay to help you and keep you informed. KenBay offers a wide assortment of waste compactors, including the HazPac for Hazardous Waste. If you want to experience KenBay for yourself, you can try us before you buy us. See for yourself the difference a good waste compactor can make.
Let’s face it: you know you’re a pretty smart person. You try to make informed and intelligent decisions, and you like to evaluate the options. We know when it comes to waste management, you want to make the best choice not only for the environment, but for your company as well. Is there a way to make great environmental choices without going over budget? Good news, there is! You can invest in a small compactor. Now, you may already think you’re good on compactors because you bought a large industrial one. You know what we’re talking about: one of those massive compactors that takes up an entire wall. The thing that took hundreds of people (give or take) to put in place.
Well, guess what: a small compactor may be a smarter choice. If you’re not convinced, then listen to some reasons why, courtesy of KenBay. We here at KenBay know a thing or two about great waste management. We’ve been helping our clients achieve zero waste and more efficient waste management for years with our RotoPac product. If you want to know more about KenBay and what we do, visit our website.
Small, but Powerful
Don’t be fooled by the name; there’s nothing “small” about the power of small compactors. Our RotoPacs have a continuously rotating arm that constantly crushes waste down to size. Trust us when we say that small compactors can handle anything you throw at them with ease. They can even crush hard plastic sacks into an easily disposed cube shape. Try it, you’ll be amazed!
Say Goodbye to Bulk
Remember those large compactors taking up an entire wall to themselves? Let’s make a comparison for a minute. If we were talking about computers, those large compactors would be the massive antiquated computers from the 1970s. You know what we mean: those gigantic machines that took up an entire room and were so expensive that only universities or research labs could afford them. In contrast, a small compactor is like a modern, sleek mini notebook: it can do everything you need it to . . . on the go! If given the choice, which kind of computer would you prefer?
An advantage of a small compactor is that it is way easier to move them around. This means that you can place those small compactors right at the source of your waste. This seems like a non-issue, but wait until you see the time that you save throwing your waste away. Just dump and move on, no problem!
A Small Compactor is Easy to Manage
Small compactors are generally cheaper than big compactors, but that’s not the only great thing about them. Their smaller size means they are generally easy to manage. If something goes wrong, small compactors are less likely to cause a major strain on your production schedule. Also, small compactors are easier to train your employees on. They’re not big and intimidating, and anyone can use them. Way easier to deal with!
For some of the best small compactors, look to KenBay’s RotoPacs. Our line of waste compactors have all these great benefits, and more. Because we’re a family business, we care about the quality of our product. When you invest in a KenBay RotoPac, you’re investing in a quality compactor to last for years to come. Best of all, we make it easy for you to try one out for yourself. All you need to do is sign up to Try It Before You Buy It. We’ll send you one of our RotoPacs to test out on site. If you like it, pay the difference to keep it! Show how smart you really are, and invest in a small compactor today!