Compactor vs. Baler: The Best Option for Your Waste Management

As zero-waste initiatives, recycling goals and overall industry-specific industrial waste concerns are being assessed in a tighter and tighter global market, companies have a lot more pressure to make the purchases for industrial waste disposal that will benefit their bottom line. One of the most pressing concerns in this area at manufacturing facilities is whether to invest in a baler or an industrial trash compactor to streamline their waste removal needs.

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Choosing the Right Industrial Compactor to Meet the Needs of Your Unique Industry

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Many businesses face an increasing amount of packaging and production waste. It can be a challenge to reduce all of this to reasonable levels. An industrial compactor is a smart solution to help manage the surge of waste products. 

Different industrial compactors come with an array of features to tackle varying needs. There are many factors involved in choosing the best industrial waste compactor to meet various industry requirements. 

Here’s what you should know about choosing a compactor for your industry.

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How KenBay’s Trash Compactors Meet the Needs of Countless Industries

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KenBay’s commercial trash compactor models have been the leading choice for waste compaction for many years. Whether you’re looking for a commercial garbage compactor for an oil rig, a stainless steel model designed to the rigid specifications of the food industry, a compactor that can withstand hazardous materials or explosives, or one merely to handle your facility’s general waste or recycling concerns, KenBay compactors can do the job. 

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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!