“The initial system was installed to provide air extraction from our saddlestitchers, cutters and folders,” he says. “Later on, we had to make upgrades to extract from a perfect binder and an additional stitcher. It’s very important to understand your requirements for today, as well as the need to grow in the future.”
Smith underscores the importance of having a quality system in place, especially for the rigors of a 24/7 operation. In a sense, it is as vital to production as the equipment on the floor.
“A good system provides the opportunity for a printer to maximize the value of the waste stream,” he notes. “While we all work hard to minimize the waste factor of every job, handling the waste efficiently and making bales will generate the best possible return on investment.”
In the case of Johnson City, TN-based Mazer Corp., the need for a paper recycling system was borne out of a growth initiative. For the longest time, Mazer relied on equipment operators to clean up around the gear. The closest thing the printer had to a central collection system was a 40-yard container kept outside the building.
“It became a revenue and expense issue for us,” notes Rick Morrison, director of manufacturing for Mazer. “We were losing revenue by not having tight bales of paper, and it was an expense because we were devoting more labor to collecting the paper.”
The final straw came when Mazer acquired a perfect binder from Muller Martini. The facility had been expanded, and with more volume coming through the plant, Mazer execs didn’t want to rely on the status quo for their paper collection.
So the printer gave G.F. Puhl a call. The single-cyclone system was installed by the end of last April, with the final piece being a dust collector added a week later.