Ecogen opts for new LP 65 VH K2 Presona baler

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Hampshire-based recycling specialist, Ecogen, has expanded its operations with the purchase of a Presona LP 65 VH K2 cross tie baler. The purpose of this choice, according to Ecogen, was to increase material processing speeds and bale density.

The new baler is reported to have increased Ecogen’s processing capacity from eight tonnes to 22 tonnes an hour, an improvement which the company said is expected to enable them to become even more competitive when it comes to commercial waste purchasing.

About Ecogen

Founded in 2010 by managing director William Nicholls, Ecogen moved to its current location in Alresford, Hampshire in 2015. The company processes up to 3,000 tonnes of paper, card and plastic a month, all from commercial sources.

Ecogen takes post-manufacturing material from customers located throughout the UK, working with organisations in a range of sectors including automotive and food packaging.

It also works with waste management companies of all sizes and often processes, aggregates and trades material from smaller organisations to optimise quality and maximise value.

In addition, Ecogen provides a shredding service, an area which it said is experiencing huge volume growth and is being extended as a result of the plant’s expansion.

Presona balers

Ecogen bought its first Presona baler when it moved to the Alresford site two years ago. The LP50 prepress baler was used to bale cardboard, paper, plastic and shredded paper.

“It was reliable and worked well – in fact it still does,” said Ecogen operations manager Toby Mottram, “but we always had an eye on increasing throughput speeds to allow us to expand on this site.”

The Ecogen team started to look for a new baler which would increase throughput and bale density.

“We wanted the new baler to deliver even better compaction rates, provide increased cross ties to accommodate densely packed plastic film, and give us faster throughput rates,” explained Mottram.

Average bale weight up 20%

“Our original LP 50 prepress baler produced a standard bale weight of 350-400 kg with plastic film. The new Presona LP 65 baler has increased this by 35% to an average of 550 kg.

“In fact, we have processed a bale of cupcake skeletal waste at 860 kg and our average cardboard bale is now between 600 and 700 kg.

“We’re now running tests to see just how far we can increase our bale tonnage,” said Mottram.

Denser bales increase container rate

Based on an average 500 kg plastic bale, Ecogen is reported to have increased its container rate from 18-20 tonnes up to 24 tonnes, reducing logistics costs.

“In addition, we are now able to process material much quicker. As we operate on a small site this is critical. We do up to 20 containers of cardboard a week,” explained Ecogen's ops manager.

A new life for the old LP 50 baler

Initially, Ecogen had planned to trade in its old LP 50, but the team said it was reluctant to let go of "this trusty stead" which is expected to still have many years of operation to come.

“With the help of Presona’s engineering team, we’re moving the LP 50 prepress baler to a new building where it will become part of a dedicated paper and shredding line,” said Mottram.

About the LP 65 VH K2 baler

Actual capacity (max m3/h): 370

Theoretical capacity (max m3/h): 940

Motor size (kW): 45

Output (tonnes/h): up to 22t

Feed opening (mm): 1500 x 1100

Press force (tonnes): 65t main press / 25t prepress

Bale size (mm): 1100 x 750 x variable length

Bale density, paper (kg/m3): 575

Weight (tonnes): 21

Features: Five vertical needles and three horizontal needles

PREMI HMI system for operational control and monitoring

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