Balers are the core of any recycling operation. They help to transport compressed metals, plastics, or paper easily. These machines simplify sorting systems and can help reach their waste reduction goals.
Without a doubt, balers face wear and tear, which can lead to malfunctions and repairs. Proper handling and maintenance of your baler equipment ensure top performance for many more years.
Here are the most-know dos and don’ts for your baler machine.
Do: Have Spare Parts Available
If your business has a baler on site, it is highly recommended to have spare parts available. Not having spare parts will increase the downtime costs associated with repairs and equipment to arrive. Speak with your baler manufacturer or supplier to ensure you have spare parts available.
Don’t: Avoid Regular Inspections
Balers must be adequately cleaned often to prevent overheating of the motors and coolers. When these components are dirty, they can become damaged or lead to baler malfunctions. Keep your baler machine clean and always follow the manufacturer guidelines for inspection.
Do: Properly Train Employees
Ensure you are taking time to accurately train your baler operator before they begin working on the machine. Never assume they will be able to handle the baler because they have experience with other equipment. Improper or no training can lead to poor maintenance of the machine.
Don’t: Wait For A Breakdown To Make Repairs
The materials your baler processes, volume, and type of machine require specific upkeep and major relining every few years. Create a daily, weekly, and monthly service schedule to maintain longevity and safety.
Do: Inspect The Hydraulic System
Be sure to check the oil, analyze hydraulic fluid and clean the operating equipment. Check to see if the density and weight are set up correctly. This system operates under high pressure and temperature, so you need to check weekly, at the minimum.
Do: Order Wire Tier Spare Parts
Just like having a selection of spare parts for smaller items available, you should carry an inventory of parts that wear down the most often or have a longer lead time for a replacement. An example of this would be the wire tier. You can start an inventory of spare parts by contacting your supplier.