Earn money with baling presses
Savings of more than 100,000 euros per year, a ROI of nine months and lower labour costs
The additives and flavourings manufacturer VAN HEES GmbH is delighted with its five HSM baling presses, which are helping the company to avoid transport costs as well as optimise internal processes. The company now find themselves earning money from its waste.
Marc Wohlbold directed the company’s focus towards the issue of waste, “probably not the most fascinating subject,” he says, “but one that has huge savings potential”. Especially when dealing with as much waste as VAN HEES. The company’s 4000 products are manufactured in Walluf according to 1400 recipes, and all are packed either in Big Bags or sacks. Given the raw materials, annual waste volumes are huge: 113 tonnes of Big Bags, 90 tonnes of film, 90 tonnes of cardboard and 60 tonnes of paper. Wohlbold‘s first step in waste management was to get the company to begin separating into different categories. VAN HEES then switched to a different disposal company and immediately received money from its recyclable materials. The third stage of waste evolution was to optimise the internal operating process and to consider installing baling presses in production, so that only compressed 400-kilo bales would be transported by the company. Marc Wohlbold looked at three manufacturers and put one market player’s machine to the test. However, this baling press failed the practical test, so in 2012, VAN HEES opted for an HSM V-Press 860 S. A “sincere and convincing” purchase dialogue with HSM, “very good workmanship”, “obvious good quality” and, not least, the fact of being “Made in Germany”, were the reasons for the choice, according to Wohlbold. “We wanted something that was robust and smart.” HSM customized the vertical baling press to the new customer’s requirements and equipped the machine with a hydraulic oil that is permitted for the food industry. VAN HEES also had a machine with a vertical sliding door for filling, simply because they are quicker to close than a side door, says Wohlbold. Finally, VAN HEES ordered an S version of the HSM V-Press 860 with a reinforced press chamber, as Walluf generates large volumes of plastic (polypropylene).
Five years after the initial introduction of the HSM V-Press 860 S at VAN HEES, “this machine is still running perfectly,” reports Wohlbold. “It has never really given us any problems.” Furthermore it is put to the test since compressing large bags is no easy task. In any case, the material is expansive and the residues are very aggressive: salts, acetate, flavourings, etc. Wohlbold: “Regular maintenance, a deep clean once a year, and on it goes.” VAN HEES started with one baling press; it now has five HSM V-Press 860s in service. Three in the blending plant, one in the filling plant and one in goods-in/goods-issue for cardboard. There are also two manually operated mobile HSM V-Press 60 baling presses that ensure dispatch remains clean, neat and tidy. Wallruf is happy with the manufacturer’s service. If we make a service call, someone from HSM is on site no more than two days later. “That said, we haven’t had any breakdowns yet,” says Wohlbold.
„With the use of the baling presses in the plant, we are producing bales of recycling material which are easy to recycle and will recoup our investment quickly. When market prices are good, we earn money from our waste. Optimised processes are an added extra.”
Marc Wohlbold, Production Project Manager VAN HEES GmbH
• The vertical baling presses compress waste on site, thus reducing in-house transportation to a fraction of the previous workload.
• The baling presses cope well with the difficult material for pressing (big bags) and are not compromised by aggressive residual contents, such as salts and flavourings.
• VAN HEES produces bales of around 400 kilos, which are easy to sell.
• When the raw material prices are good, VAN HEES earns money from its waste.
• With some recyclable materials, a baling press achieves its ROI after just nine months.