Industrial Trash Compactor Safety Tips

Trash Compactor Safety

When it comes to industrial trash compactors, safety is a top priority. Purchasing a compactor with high safety ratings provides two primary benefits. First, it provides potential savings on insurance and personal injury claims, and second, it can reduce plant downtime. 

Trash Compactor Safety Requirements By OSHA Standards

OSHA General Industry Standard guidelines are to be followed for the proper maintenance of any industrial waste compactor.  

Each authorized employee needs to receive the necessary training in a number of different disciplines. There are three disciplines employees should train in. 

  1. the recognition of applicable hazardous energy sources
  2. the type and magnitude of the energy available in the workplace
  3. the methods and means necessary for energy isolation and control

The KenBay RotoPac industrial waste compactor was designed with all of these disciplines in mind. It is considered one of the best commercial trash compactors on the market. Companies prefer the KenBay model due to its prominently placed isolator switch as well as other safety mechanisms inimical to its design.

Using OSHA metrics, KenBay works diligently to meet standard trash compactor safety requirements

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How Quickly Does A Trash Compactor Pay For Itself?

Buying a trash compactor for your business is an important investment. Most companies will research compactors for sale before they sign on the dotted line.

Realizing an acceptable return on your investment (ROI) depends on selecting the best trash compactor for your facility’s specific needs. With the right compactor for the job, your company can see an ROI in one to two years.

There are two primary factors that affect trash compactor cost savings. They include:

  • The process of collecting compacted waste and placing it into the compactor.
  • The cost associated with hauling waste to landfill, waste-to-energy (WtE), or recycling locations. 

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A Quality Focused Aerospace Supplier

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As an industry leading Aerospace Supplier founded in 1979, we have built an excellent reputation within the aerospace sector by providing top notch quality and integrity for almost 40 years. Our philosophy is to provide a superior product by controlling growth and maintaining a sole focus on aerospace. Simply put, we are the “Standard of Excellence” within the aerospace metal finishing industry. Our commitment to the customer, qualified personnel and in-house quality guidelines have made us and will continue to make us a leader within its industry.

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Benefits of Owning an Industrial Trash Compactor

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It’s a never ending battle: your company produces waste, your workers haul it to dumpsters or recycling bins – or spend work hours cutting up cardboard boxes – and the cycle begins again, all in an effort to keep trash from taking up space.

This scenario plays out every day at businesses around the country…except for the ones who understand all of the benefits and have made the decision to invest in an industrial waste compactor.

In this blog post, we’ll look at a few reasons why an industrial trash compactor can help your company: save space; improve safety and security; save hauling, transportation and fuel costs and, generally become a greener, cleaner company. (more…)

Meet the New Smart RotoPac Commercial Trash Compactor

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Designed more than 20 years ago in Europe, the RotoPac was created to offer maximum waste compaction with a minimal footprint. This development was crucial to manufacturing facilities in Europe that were starved for space.

The RotoPac can provide 6-to-1 compaction in a 51-inch by 61-inch space thanks to its unique design: a distributor providing hydraulic power to a drum that is continuously rotated and swept.

The result is a commercial trash compactor designed for both simplicity and longevity, one that applies continuous waste compaction through higher-than-expected torque. It’s what we like to think of as the workhorse of the industrial waste compaction field. (more…)

KenBay – Always Improving

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 KenBay improves again   Industrial Waste Compactor Hydraulics

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.

3 Sure Ways to Know a Cardboard Compactor is Superior to a Baler

Cardboard CompactorBalers 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

Continuous Compaction

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!

How to Calculate What a Plastic Compactor Would Save You

invest in a plastic compactorEveryone 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!

How to Have Your Dream Industrial Trash Compactor

Dreaming of an Industrial Trash CompactorIs 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!

3 Amazing Reasons Why Using a Small Compactor is Genius

a small compactor is eco friendlyLet’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!