One of the first “next generation” Bollegraaf HBC balers installed at Smurfit Kappa

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HBC baler (Foto: Bollegraaf)

Brereton / Blackburn — Bollegraaf UK Ltd. and Smurfit Kappa have recently finalised the installation of one of the first „next generation“Bollegraaf HBC balers at their Blackburn site. „A baler is at the heart of any paper recycling facility and Smurfit Kappa wanted to ensure the design of this new installation achieved the most efficient processing plant possible on the Blackburn site. A lot of time was spent at the design phase ensuring we optimised the material flows around the site and through the baling plant“, commented to Simon Weston, Managing Director of Smurfit Kappa Recycling.

Bollegraaf has a long tradition in the production of ‚best-in-class‘ balers and have recently introduced several innovations and upgrades to their existing line of HBC balers. So Andre Matula, Operations Manager at Bollegraaf UK Ltd., underlined: „One of the most prominent features of these next generation balers is our innovative Variable Frequency Drive resulting in significant less energy consumption and less noise during operation. Bollegraaf already have the most efficient hydraulic block on the market, and combined with a baler that automatically has a standby mode after 180 seconds. Bollegraaf have truly gone one stage further by offering our customers the new Eco baler option.“

Running the main motors using variable-frequency drives, in the past a HBC 120S with a single 90kW main motor would start up in star delta mode and peaks high amps on start-up, with variable-frequency drive this is reduced to a minimum. Andre Matula: „Huge electrical savings are already being seen at Smurfit Kappa Blackburn.“

Simon Weston adds: „The energy efficiency of the new baling machine was one of the main selection criteria for Smurfit Kappa, as part of its competitive purchasing process. Bollegraaf were the only company who offered comprehensive control of the main power hydraulic pack through a frequency inverter. We are already seeing substantial energy savings since the installation was switched on.“ When the baler is idol and waiting for new material, the power consumed is reduced, while ensuring the machine is ready at any time.

„We are not just active in an industry that`s rapidly going green. At Bollegraaf we are also very aware of our own corporate responsibilities towards the environment. For instance, Bollegraaf`s new water based paint is not only environmentally friendly (using captured and filtered rainwater to produce the paint) but it also has improved application and adhesion“, according to Andre Matula.  Furthermore, Bollegraaf invests heavily in the latest innovations for reducing energy and oil consumption and uses only recycled materials for all communication and promotional activities

Besides energy efficiency and environmental aspects another important aspect for Smurfit Kappa and Bollegraaf was safety. Mark Montgomery, H&S and compliance manager at Smurfit Kappa Recycling: „Safety was a key element throughout the purchasing process. We wanted to supply our employees with the safest baler available that would also meet the requirements of BSEN 16252:2012. I believe we have done that with the Bollegraaf HBC 140.“

Additional safety features such as extra access platforms, interlocked access points, conveyor reverse, auto lubrication systems and conveyor pit indicators were identified. All the features identified were aimed at  minimising working at height and  the interaction between people and  the machine. This includes employees and contract maintenance staff. Full training and support have been provided to all operators by Bollegraaf UK. „I believe the end result is one of the most efficient and safest balers on the market to date“, Mark Montgomery balances. 

Source: Bollegraaf UK Ltd.