Not All Baling Wire Is Created Equal
It is tempting to shop for baling wire on price alone. Cheap baling wire can save you money in the short term, but can wind up costing more in breakages, damage to equipment and costly down time. We thought it would be helpful to set out some of the advantages of high-quality baling wire, and why you should consider more factors than just price when making buying decisions. Here’s what you need to look for when buying baling wire.
Single-loop bale ties Single-loop baling wire is used in vertical balers, where the wire is pushed through slots in the baler and then tied by hand. Poor-quality wire can make bale ties difficult to feed and tie, and cause them to snap under pressure. This leads to wasted ties and spilled material that must be rebaled. Additional factors to consider when it comes to single-loop bale ties:
Double-loop bale ties
The same considerations that apply to single-loop ties apply to double-loop ties as well. A few factors to consider are:
Automatic baling wire
Automatic baling wire is designed for use with high-precision automatic wire tiers. It’s fed through finely tuned rollers, grippers and twisters inside the tier. The same factors mentioned above apply here. Poor-quality baling wire can cause damage to your tier, costing you big money in terms of repairs and down time.
The highest-quality automatic baling wire will have totally consistent gauge, tensile strength and finish. If your wiretier is set for 12 gauge and you try to use wire that’s too large, your tier will likely jam. Similarly using a gauge that’s too small will cause accelerated wear or damage to the tier, necessitating costly repairs and down time.
Automatic boxed baling wire is typically black annealed. This oiled coating allows the wire to slide easily and not get tangled as it is pulled around the bales by the automatic tier. The oiled coating also prevents rust. Again, the same factors above apply to boxed wire. It’s important that automatic boxed wire be accurate and consistent in all these parameters to maximize baler throughput and profit.
Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.