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How exactly is a cardboard baler operated?

Here is a basic rundown of how cardboard balers work on the job.

Make good use of cardboard balers

The likelihood of cardboard waste is high if your company deals with packing in any way.

In such instance, a cardboard baler can be an excellent investment that benefits both the environment and workplace safety.

Carboard balers come in a wide variety of sizes and styles to cater to specific industries and businesses, but they all serve the same basic purpose: they reduce the volume of cardboard to make it easier to transport, collect, and recycle.

How a cardboard baler works

Here’s a detailed, step-by-step explanation of how a cardboard baler works:

  • Connect the baler to a power supply. Whether it’s a hydraulic baler or a pneumatic baler, you will need a suitable power source.
  • Ensure that the operator is either a trained staff member or that a trained staff member is present.
  • Load the cardboard into the baler’s chamber
  • Once the chamber is full, close the main door and pull the activation switch
  • This activates the baler’s ram, which presses down the cardboard
  • For safety reasons, EN16500-compliant balers allow no access to moving parts
  • Repeat until the cardboard inside the chamber forms a compact bale and the machine indicates that it ready to be emptied
  • Tie off the resulting bale using appropriate banding
  • Empty the baler through either a manual or automated bale-out mechanism
  • Stack and store the cardboard bales which can be collected by a recycler

Cardboard balers of varying kinds and sizes

For lighter loads and lean, on-production applications, pneumatic balers are often preferred over hydraulic ones, which tend to be larger.

Balers range in size from those that can compress 35 kg of cardboard into a compact footprint to those that can hold up to 500 kg of cardboard, making them ideal for big factories or warehouses.

Horizontal balers can handle a lot of packaging material beyond that. Balers that can handle both plastic and cardboard are also available.

Cardboard balers are low-maintenance, long-lasting, user-friendly, and require nothing in the way of employee training.

A wide variety of balers

Although they all serve a similar purpose, the various models and brands of cardboard balers work in different ways.

In order to use the equipment properly, you and your co-workers must always have the proper training or certification. When in doubt, refer to the operator’s handbook or get in touch with the manufacturer.

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