Trim Paper Recycling Systems: Waste Not, Want Not

A helicopter brings in large components that are part of a G.F. Puhl installation.

Freshly-pressed scrap sits at the output end of an AES installation.

The Fike filter, the newest technology from ASDI, includes a flameless explosion vent.

The Allegheny Security Grinder.

This under-roof recycling and separation system installation, shown above, was completed by Paper and Dust Pros.

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.

For the medium-sized printer, this is the optimal time to target a new or updated system. “Recent plant closures have increased the availability of remanufactured equipment, which costs less than new and often comes with the same warranty as new equipment,” Puhl points out.

“Large printers can leverage scale to drive down costs. Now is the time to evaluate where you might combine multiple machines on a trim collection system in order to consume less energy. If your system is set up for segregation and your scrap contract does not pay a premium for segregated waste, it may be worth looking at un-segregating the system to group waste systems and reduce energy consumption.”

G.F. Puhl designs, manufactures and installs trim waste and dust collection systems for the printing, packaging and corrugated industries. With 30 years of industry experience, Puhl also offers remanufactured balers, blowers, filters and shredders with warranty.

Things to Keep in Mind

What are some of the more common mistakes printers make while assessing the needs of their system? Jeff Dietterich, president of Advanced Equipment Sales (AES), offers his views on some of the pitfalls to be avoided:

  • Stay abreast of environmental, NFPA and other compliance requirements, as well as their costs.
  • Understand the cost of ownership—system operation and maintenance. Budget for utilities and maintenance services.

Also, Dietterich recommends printers take into account the impact that paper recycling systems have on electrical and HVAC systems. “Some system designs squander heated and air conditioned air, making the facility uncomfortable and expensive to heat and cool,” he says.

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  • Gary Jones


    My compliments on a nice review article. I wanted to point out that with the renewed emphasis by OSHA on combustible dust that printing operation need to be aware that their paper collection systems, both new and existing, need to meet OSHA’ requirements. One such way to meet them is to ensure that the appropriate requirements under NFPA "Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids" or when finalized, NFPA 652: Standard on Combustible Dusts are being met.