Helistrat selects Middleton Engineering baling solution for retail distribution centre

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The Scapa HB60 HM3 channel baler

Helistrat, the UK-based contract management partner delivering sustainable waste management consultancy and solutions, is deploying a Middleton Engineering baling solution as part of the recycling operation for a new retail distribution centre.

The fully automated Scapa HB60 HM3 channel baler, designed and manufactured by Middleton Engineering in Somerset, forms part of an in-bound goods waste packaging recycling stream. It is linked to an automatic conveyor feeding waste cardboard packaging from goods received at the warehouse and decanted into storage. At peak volume the solution is designed to handle some 1200 waste cartons per hour. Baled waste is then sent to re-processing mills.

Overcoming challenging site constraints with a difficult layout, while delivering the performance requirements and volumetric throughput needed to service the facility, were key factors in selecting the Middleton Engineering solution, said Mitchell Thornley, equipment manager for Helistrat Management Services.

Middletons were responsible for all aspects of design, fabrication and installation of the solution which included modifications to the bale discharge chute, a new bin tipper hopper, gravity feed roller tracking for completed bales, alarm interlocks and full SCADA controls for remote monitoring and control. This links the baler and inbound conveyor to optimise the process and when inactive switches the machine to standby mode to save energy.

Middleton’s HB60 range of horizontal balers are designed to meet the demanding requirements of waste recycling operations as well as retail distribution and manufacturing companies dealing with large volumes of waste packaging materials.

With a 60 tonne press force, the Scapa HB60 HM3 produces compact, high density mill size bales with a throughput at 50/kg per cubic meter of up to 13 tonnes per hour, depending on materials. Bales measure 1100mm x 720mm and compression is easily adjusted to achieve the maximum reduction in waste volume. A small 6.8 metre long footprint makes the HB60 ideal for most medium to large operations and was particularly important for Helistrat’s requirements.

Mark Smith, engineering director at Middleton Engineering, said: “The Scapa HB60 is an extremely reliable baler, incorporating our proven hydraulic wire tying solution to produce consistent high quality bales. Its small footprint and low headroom make it an ideal solution for a wide range of recycling environments.”

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