Improved bale weights & increased productivity at council waste recycling facility

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Equipment Installed:
Fully automatic Twin Ram Baler (CKTR82-80T-74kW)

Plastic cans, cardboard & paper

The Challenge

The council were operating a small Twin Ram baler which produced an American-style wide mouth bale. Once bales were loaded on the lorry the low bale weights meant the space was not optimised and lorry was below the required transport weight.

The footprint of the building was quite small. It was clear that any machine supplied would need customised to suit the space.
Installation of Twin Ram Baler into MRF
Bale Weight Increase
Bale Weights

The Solution

Designed Machine to Fit
Following a detailed site survey we were able to alter the layout of the baler and demounted the powerpack to ensure the machine fitted into the allocated area.

The Benefits


Short Downtime

Installation work carried out over a weekend and fast set-up.

Up-to-Date, Accurate Information

They opted to use the CK Baler Performance Monitoring System which provides up-to-date, accurate information on the efficiency of their machine. This data, such as bales produced per hour and quantity of wire used per bale, allows the council to determine the productivity and capacity of the baler.

Bales Loaded More Efficiently on to Lorries

Due to improved bale weights and densities. This has also reduced forklift movements on site.

Improved Productivity & Reduced Overtime

They opted for a service package that provides regular maintance and rapid call-out cover over weekends and bank holidays. They are able to work through peaks in material over holidays periods within normal working hours without any overtime.
Twin Ram Baler Installation into MRF
CK International knew exactly what we needed and how they could help us get the best out of this facility. They adapted equipment to suit us and our building which was crucial. The reliability of the unit is superb and the back-up service and response we receive from CK International gives us that extra confidence.

We have certainly increased productivity at the site and improved bale weights. The plastic and cardboard are now achieving weights of up to 500kg and 550kg per bale, respectively. In terms of capacity, the machine is consistently baling cardboard and paper at rate of up to 8 tonnes per hour and plastics at circa 5 tonnes per hour. The difference in weights and density of the waste material means bales are loaded more efficiently on to lorries, thus reducing forklift movements on site.

One of the added benefits for us is the remote management portal. This allows us to login remotely and monitor the productivity of the baler. In the current climate, this has been invaluable.
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