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Trim Paper Recycling Systems: Waste Not, Want Not

November 2013 By Erik Cagle, Senior Editor
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So, you want to install a scrap paper and dust collection recycling system? Well, you're in luck. We've assembled a coterie of scrap/dust collection experts who have long addressed your fellow printers' needs with installations tailored to meet their specific needs.

Your company is unique with its own set of needs that probably don't match up all that well with other firms, even those that are roughly the same size as your shop. So grab a cup of Joe, have a seat and we'll help you get started on conducting a feasibility study…or at least give you something to think about as you ponder what a greenfield install or improvement over an existing system could mean to your printing business.

Gregg Puhl, founder and CEO of G.F. Puhl Co., notes there are a number of considerations to take into account when planning for a paper recycling system installation. They include, but aren't limited to, local building codes, system sizing and backup, durability and reliability.

In terms of the codes, Puhl notes that your city or county may place restrictions on cyclone height, noise levels or the external appearance of your facility. And while an accurately sized system is important for the design of the system, Puhl warns against eliminating equipment redundancy in order to save a few bucks up front.

While the terms "durable and reliable" uttered by a salesperson generally make a printer's eyes gloss over, Puhl shows just how much a flimsy and unpredictable system can weasel its way into your piggy bank.

"If a trim system isn't built heavy enough to withstand peak waste 'slugs,' frequent breakdowns can lead to delays and unhappy customers," Puhl says. "But the problems don't stop there. Crews accustomed to the downtime created by unreliable trim systems may not be motivated to meet production goals when the system is up and running. When your trim system is unreliable, that sucking sound you hear is not the cyclone, it's the sound of profit dollars slipping away."

Puhl encourages printers to use a qualified air system vendor, one that can provide a basic level of support, including access to spare parts, a customer service rep and a post-startup warranty on system performance. Also, he notes that small printers who are kicking around the idea of adding a system often require reassurance that the payout, in the long run, will offset the cost.



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