“It has performed very well for us,” Morrison notes. “We had a short deadline, but Puhl put together a system that really met our needs. It should easily pay for itself within a couple of years.”
Sometimes the road to ultimate efficiency has a few wrong turns. Take Heeter Direct in Canonsburg, PA, for example. For a number of years the printer relied on using a compactor for its paper and board scrap. A recycling company would pick up the scrap, drop off a new container and sort out the flattened bricks back at the recycling center.
Heeter then instituted a baling system, but it wasn’t automated, and employees would have to take time to tie the bales, according to Tim Thomas, executive vice president. It was a modest improvement over the old system.
Finally, Heeter signed on with Advanced Equipment Sales (AES) to devise an evacuation and baling system. The printer reconfigured some receiving racks and bindery equipment but, thanks in part to its high ceilings, Heeter didn’t need to alter its building to accommodate the system. The system was completed in the summer of 2007.
“We were concerned about a number of things,” Thomas remarks. “The air constantly running. How much energy would it take? Would it suck out AC and heating? (AES) assured us it wouldn’t. Their engineers came in and explained how it would work to our facility maintenance director, (owner) Scott Heeter and myself. We showed them how much waste we were collecting on a monthly basis based on the current vendor we were using. They determined how big a system we would need, factoring in some growth.”
Thomas believes the system is fairly self-sustaining. And not only has it not robbed the facility of heating or cooling, it has removed spray powder from the press sheets out of the air, making it cleaner. Heeter is on track to see an ROI within the 18-month to two-year window that was estimated. But it goes beyond dollars and cents.