Olympic Wire & Equipment Touts the Benefits of Pre-compression Lids on IPS Two Ram Balers for Baling at Recycling Centers

At Olympic Wire & Equipment there are four critical items to compare when purchasing a Two Ram Baler:

PRODUCTION: When it comes to production rate and thru-put rate, no other baler comes close to the IPS Two Ram with its exclusive Pre-Compression LidTM. The Lid translates to “Optimum Performance”. IPS defines optimum performance as a baler that produces the ultimate production rates over extended periods of time, while maximizing bale density to minimize transportation cost, and minimizing maintenance or down time. In other words; A baler that starts each morning and runs all day, everyday, while providing maximum bale weights and production rates over a long period of time. The Lid virtually eliminates jamming at the shear blade, which with a standard two ram baler, causes shut downs and forces employees to step inside the bale chamber to manually clear out the jam exposing the individual and the company to safety liability. The IPS Two Ram Baler provides the maximum average profits per dollar spent. Optimum performance will always win out over a shear baler because optimum performance translates into sustainability for uninterrupted processing.

QUALITY: IPS technology provides a reinforced bale chamber section, designed to withstand the rigors of non-ferrous metal and paper fiber product processing. There is more steel in an IPS Baler; the TR model weighs 55 tons while the BT model weighs 75 tons. Other manufacturer’s balers weigh substantially less. The IPS pumps are designed with flooded suction lines outside of the tank mounted low in relationship to the oil reservoir which virtually eliminate cavitation, leakage problems and contamination. With the IPS Pre- Compression LidTM, there is much less fatigue on baler frame, ram, cylinder, seals etc… because of the non-shear design. The baler runs quietly, and our customers are experiencing 23,000 to 24,000 hours on their liners versus 5,000 to 7,000 hours on a standard shear baler of other manufacturers. The cost to re-line a baler is approximately $65,000 with a costly 3 to 4 days of downtime to restore. For other manufactures to come close to the production numbers of an IPS, they must run their main ram back and forth at an extremely high rate of speed and at HIGH PSI which decreases the life of the baler significantly. The IPS Baler is proven to make high bale weights, and high thru puts while on cruise control with the Lid technology. The IPS Two Ram is constructed with a four (4) sided and serrated shear blade that is reversible and replaceable. The baler frame walls are all advanced engineered reinforced honeycomb structure. The floor is Abrasion-Resistant tongue grooved replaceable liners.

AFFORDABILITY: While competitors offer options such as bale door/bale relief, phone modem/ internet and Wye-Delta motors at an additional cost, at IPS these important features are standard and included at no additional cost. IPS also equips the power unit with a dedicated 5HP, 12 GPM pump for the wire tier along with a 15HP, 90 GPM circulation pump dedicated to the air to oil cooler. These two features greatly reduce maintenance on the wire tier and significantly reduce the oil operating temperature. All E-stops and electronics on the IPS baler are 24 volt for added safety to your employees.To filter the hydraulic oil, IPS has designed the highest standard; a 5 micron filtration system. This will reduces oil contamination which destroys seals, cylinders, pumps and valves. The filtration system will increase the life span of the hydraulic composites which keeps the oil cleaner to reduce maintenance shutdowns allowing the baler to operate longer between oil changes.

INNOVATION: Designed by a team of engineers with over 150 years of combined engineering experience in the field and building balers, IPS has surpassed the competition. The proof can be found in the now popular exclusive Pre-Compression LidTM. Customers are reporting a dramatic increase in production and dramatic decrease in maintenance cost for liners and all wear items. In addition, the exclusive design of the IPS hydraulic power unit system pumps more oil than other two rams during the baling cycle time which deliveries unmatched thru-put. The Pre-Compression Lid presses down material in the baler chamber allowing more volume per stroke, less wear and tear on hydraulic system and liners because it takes fewer strokes to make a bale. Less strokes to make a bale, equals cost savings (electrical / structural) and efficiency.

The IPS Bale TieTM is a two ram baler that has the highest production in the industry with super heavy duty construction. The Baler with “lid” weighs 53 tons, substantially heavier than other Two Ram manufacturers; it’s massive. The patented IPS Two Ram Bale-Tie (BT Baler) is a true multi material baler in its own league. This baler bales simultaneously while it ties and pushes the finished bale out which increases thru-put rates for all grades of fiber, non-ferrous and all grades of plastic. Baling and tying off the bale is continuous, putting an end to the standard stop and start routine for bales to tie off. No other baler can match the level IPS has accomplished for thru-put and density. The higher density is achieved by 100% Main Ram penetration which equals Maximum bale density and Maximum bale weight. The ultimate in Multi-Material Balers.

The installation, set up, training as well as future service has and will be provided by Olympic Wire and Equipment, Inc., with locations in the Northern and Southern California. For more information, please contact Olympic Wire & Equipment by calling (949) 646-9731.

The dos and don’ts of baler maintenance

When you first look at the equipment that is used in a material recovery facility (MRF) or in another type of recycling, scrap metal or waste processing facility, you see loaders, forklifts, conveyors, screens and of course balers. Other than the fixed sorting and separating equipment in a recycling plant or MRF, most of the equipment can be rented or in some cases purchased new or used with little turnaround time. Even if you are in a labor jam, you can bring in temporary workers. However, it is difficult and not too common, if not impossible, to rent a baler.

Balers, if not maintained properly, can cause long, extensive periods of downtime, especially in the case of needing hard-to-find or not readily available parts, like cylinders, motors, pumps, valves or liner plates. Therefore, balers need to be properly operated and maintained for a plant to produce efficiently and consistently.

Dos and don’ts

Here are some basic dos and don’ts regarding baler operation and maintenance.

  • Do keep your baler clean and inspect it often. Don’t neglect completing inspections. Your baler operator(s) and/or maintenance personnel should be, at a minimum, following the guidelines spelled out by the equipment manufacturer as it relates to daily, weekly, monthly and annual inspections and preventive maintenance. Balers get hot, and dust is an insulator, so keep it clean and take precautions to ensure the cooler and the motors are cleaned daily.
  • Do purchase and maintain an inventory of spare parts. Don’t wait until the last minute to order critical spares that might keep your plant down longer than you would like. Downtime is a subject worthy of its own story, but the bottom line is the only people making money when your plant is down are your vendors and potentially your competition. Don’t get caught with your baler down because you don’t want to invest the extra money into spare parts inventory. Ask your baler representative what recommended critical spare parts you should have on hand and what the lead times are on the larger items.

In the case of cylinders, you could wait weeks to have one manufactured or repaired, which does not include shipping time if there isn’t a shop in your city. Find out the expected life of major components, such as cylinders and electrical and hydraulic components, and use that information to help you decide which parts to stock or where they might be readily available locally. In addition, find other operators that might have the same machine and, if it can be accomplished, partner up on certain parts.

Remember to include in your spares inventory parts for the wire tier. Whether it be a combined tier on a single-ram extrusion baler or a tier made by a separate manufacturer and integrated into your two–ram baler, it is important to maintain a sufficient inventory of the most common wear parts and, again, those that have the longest lead time. Once more, if you are not sure what parts to have on hand, speak with your baler manufacturer, a representative of the manufacturer or directly with the wire tier manufacturer’s service and parts representative.

  • Do plan preventive and anticipated major maintenance. Don’t wait until the baler breaks to make necessary repairs that can be prevented by performing routine maintenance. Based on volumes of materials processed, your baler is going to need major work done at some point, such as being relined. This can take from three to seven days depending on baler type, size and the condition of the machine at time of reline. This is not an “if” scenario but a “when” scenario and not planning for it will only cost you more money.

Preventive maintenance on your baler does more than keep your baler operating properly, it also helps to ensure safe operation. A typical preventive maintenance program should include daily, weekly and monthly inspections of various components. Each inspection, regardless of the schedule, should start with safety in mind.

In addition to safety and helping to avoid serious break downs, routine preventive maintenance will help to increase the life expectancy of your machine along with ensuring consistent production of bales at the expected weight and density.

Examples of items to inspect daily are:

  • hydraulic fluid levels;
  • hydraulic oil temperature;
  • hydraulic hoses;
  • filters;
  • cylinders;
  • pumps, valves, hoses and pipes;
  • motors and conduit for damage;
  • photo eyes and/or proximity switches;
  • the wire tier’s cutter, twister, track, springs, knotter and the feed to the tensioner;
  • twister pinions and bushings;
  • cleanliness;
  • safety guarding; and
  • radiator or cooling device.

Items to inspect weekly include:

  • cylinder housing areas for debris;
  • e-stops for functionality;
  • bale chamber for debris buildup;
  • floor for integrity;
  • ensure warning stickers are in place;
  • motor couplings;
  • oil tank magnets;
  • hydraulic oil filter;
  • hydraulic oil temperature;
  • bearings in drive unit;
  • limit and proximity switches;
  • electrical components;
  • bottom track cover;
  • clean and lubricate track assembly;
  • clean and lubricate knotter;
  • track springs for proper tension, wear;
  • bale wire covers; and
  • safety guarding.

Items to inspect monthly include:

  • shear knife clearance (gap);
  • floor, sides and platen wear plates; and
  • hydraulic system pressure.

It is important to ensure the baler’s hydraulic system is operating properly. Have the hydraulic fluid analyzed frequently. Follow your OEM’s specifications or those of the fluid producer. Most OEMs recommend maintaining an oil analysis program.

  • Do train your operators how to operate your baler properly. Don’t assume that because the employee was a really good loader or forklift operator that he or she will make a good baler operator. Even with newer balers being more automated, the individual responsible for that baler’s operation needs to understand implicitly how it operates. Poor operators will only end up heading toward a poorly maintained piece of equipment, thus adding to the overall cost of maintaining the baler.

In addition, a baler’s hydraulic system operates under high pressure and extreme temperatures. These factors are exacerbated by the typical facility’s environment. Operators must be trained properly and should complete daily inspections or some type of inspection that assures his or her accountability. The operator should keep the baler clean and monitor bale weights to ensure correct density and weight.

  • Do take care of your baler as if it is the heart of your operation. Don’t take it for granted that it will take care of itself. A well-maintained baler will continue operating efficiently and profitable for decades.

Center marks its 3 millionth ton of recyclables

Trash haulers, recyclers and local officials marked a dirty, sticky, sometimes stinky milestone Friday morning: the 3 millionth ton of recyclables sorted by the Mount Vernon Recycling Composting & Facility, from atop a berm between the plant and a pond for treated sewage water. Also Jacob Panero, a director at Metropolitan Recycling, said as the Mount Vernon plant has grown, it’s helped bring about a cultural shift toward recycling.
“Prior to 2005, a lot of those materials were just going directly to the landfill and being buried,” Panero said, referring to the time period when the center started accepting organic matter and construction and demolition debris.
“This is a nugget, a gold nugget, because if you don’t have this, these things could be happening in different places, you have less synergy with different entities. It’s a terrific operation,” Panero added. Note: Olympic Wire & Equipment currently has a IPS Baler and conveyor equipment at the Metropolitan Recycling facility. Full story below.


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Balemaster’s “E” Series Balers

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Olympic offers the Balemaster’s “E” Series Balers, an ideal combination of Accessories to meet your unique baling requirements. The Balemaster “E” Series is the flagship of the Balemaster Auto-tie Baler line. “E” Series Balers are ideal for mid-size to large Printers, Corrugated Box plants, Folding Carton facilities, Paper Converters, Envelope plants, Non-woven converters, Paper Mills, Recyclers processing aluminum cans or plastic bottles, and numerous other industrial applications.

Features & Advantages

  • Heavy Duty Automatic Wire-Tier completes the tie-off cycle in less than 10 seconds. Auto-Tier’s simplistic design uses fewer component parts than any other Tier on the market. Most reliable Auto-tier available.
  • Most Comprehensive Touch Screen Controller in the industry, features over 50 information screens. Optional modem feature allows data transmission to Balemaster’s and Olympic’s Service Center.
  • Advanced Dust Control features are standard on all “E” Series Models. New “Air-Blaster” Accessory automatically cleans behind the baling ram reducing maintenance costs.
  • Unique Bale Density Control system automatically and continuously regulates the tensioning force exerted on the baled material. For “Slick materials”, the Bale Density control system creates greater squeezing force to achieve the highest bale density possible. No adjustments are required.
  • Trunnion Mounted Main Hydraulic Cylinder is standard on all “E” Series Models. 6, 8, 10 and 12″ diameter cylinders are available to satisfy your bale density requirements.
  • Energy Efficient Hydraulic Power Packs from 25 to 225 Horsepower are available to meet your capacity demands.
  • Heavy Duty Welded Construction throughout.

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12″ Bore Main Cylinder 8″ Bore Eject Cylinder 100 HP Motor 47″ x 31″ x 64″ Bale Size Expanded 57″ x 96″ Charge Box Opening GREAT FOR BALING: OCC, Paper, Plastic Bottles, PET, HDPE, Aluminum Cans, Light Non-Ferrous Metals

Pricing: $198,000.000


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