Waste Paper Handling: Chuck the Gaylord

A recent outdoor installation by Kernic Systems at a Cenveo printing facility.

Installation of a Puhl paper handling system.

Paper dust chunks are discharged from a Weima briquette press.

Balemaster's efforts are on display at Kingery Printing.

Gregg Puhl, founder and CEO of the G.F. Puhl Cos., offers several items to bear in mind:

• Building codes. For above-roof/outside systems, city and county codes may restrict cyclone height, noise levels or the external appearance of your facility.

• Redundancy. Don’t kill the backup systems in the name of saving money. Equipment redundancy is as important here as it is on the pressroom floor.

• Durability. A properly sized and engineered, heavy-duty system can move the tons of paper, and air, required to get the job done.

Mark Kunz, business development manager for WEIMA America, feels the most important factor is the dollar value of the recycled paper when shredded and baled. The location of your plant in regard to a paper recycling mill can impact your ROI due to delivery charges.

“Also, the type of recycled paper the local mills target for their production can play a big part. Printing companies should shop their waste paper to various recyclers, ensuring the highest yield,” he advises.

Big picture perspective—future equipment acquisitions that may require system growth—is important when sizing your removal/recycling system. John Jurk, division manager for Kernic Systems, points out that the upfront costs involved in allowing for future expansion are minimal compared to reworking and expanding your system down the road.

“It is common for the waste paper handling systems to be supplied and financed by the printer’s paper recycler,” he says. “The systems are then paid down against the paper revenue. Many printers will take this option because no capital investment is required.

“The down side: If they are not actively involved in the design and procurement of the system with the recycler, they will often end up with the bare minimum,” Jurk adds. “Then, six months down the road, perhaps the printer purchases a new saddlestitcher for his bindery or a new in-line trimmer at the press delivery—and he is told there is no capacity allowance for this addition. Now, he’s faced with unplanned additional costs to expand the system.”

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