Waste Handling Systems : Paper’s Special Delivery

This G.F. Puhl system includes access platforms and ladders to all points, including access to the airlocks.

An elaborate paper recycling system comes together for Paper & Dust Pros.

Perfectly-compressed bales of paper emerge from an installation that was completed by American Baler.

A side-of-building installation by Kernic Systems.

Ohio Blow Pipe’s handiwork at the Bowne & Co. (now RR Donnelley) plant in South Bend, IN.

This cartridge-style dust collector was installed by Advanced Equipment Sales as part of a trim collection system.

John Prouty, president of Paper and Dust Pros, believes the system manufacturer should play a critical role in educating the customer on the ins and outs of the NFPA standards. “I have been in this business for almost 30 years, and have only seen one fire in a dust collector due to the fact that someone sent a small piece of metal through the system. But, in the unlikely event that there is an explosion or fire, protecting your equipment and personnel are the most important things.

“Not all system installations require all of the equipment that is available. Talk with your insurance carrier or local fire inspector to get their opinion,” he adds. “Always get at least two bids on the project, discuss the options with both vendors and make sure that you are looking at apples-to-apples bids. Have them rebid to make sure all items are covered.”

2) System reliability. Dietterich suggests you view the system as a utility, like compressed air or electricity, and neither the press nor the bindery can run without it.

3) Energy efficiency. “It used to be that more horsepower was a good thing because it allowed you to do more,” Dietterich remarks. “Now, you want to get as much work done with as little energy consumption as possible. Energy efficiency has become a big selling point.”

4) Redundancy. If a system component breaks down, are you going to be able to operate the system?

5) Capacity. Is the amount of trim waste that you produce today going to be the same amount in five or 10 years? No one has a crystal ball, so a modular design to add future capacity or building in extra capacity in anticipation of future growth is advisable.

“Establish what size/capacity of system is required to service the current needs, as well as planned future requirements looking three to five years out,” advises John Jurk, vice president of Kernic Systems. “The up-front cost to allow for future expansion is minimal compared to reworking or replacing the system at a later date.”

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