ROPAX traversing compactor helping haulers get more in every container
ROPAX traversing compactors from Epax Systems significantly reduce the level of waste in open top containers, according to the company.
These rolling compactors employ a traversing system which allows them to be configured to service from two to eight side-by-side containers.
Waste is compacted by a two-ton rolling drum with sharp metal teeth attached to an articulating boom which moves it from one end of the container to the other and back again crushing and compacting items along the way.
The compaction module - drum, articulating boom and control panel - is mounted on rails and is moved from one container location to the next via a powered gear and chain system. When the compaction module is in position at the desired container, it is locked in place by a steel pin to prevent any lateral movement which could damage the compactor or waste container.
ROPAX compactors provide effective compaction of a wide variety of items including cardboard and other packaging, wood pallets and crates, cable reels, paper, film and foil, green waste, encapsulated polystyrene, household goods, light metals, appliances and other bulky items. They are ideal for municipal waste facilities, recycling centers, distribution centers, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, hotels and restaurants, apartment and condo complexes and retail stores. They require no special site preparation and take up only minimally more space than the containers they service.
Prior to compaction, most containers have large voids and air pockets resulting in container utilization of only about 20 percent of actual capacity. The high compaction rate of ROPAX rolling compactors allows for significant improvement in container utilization - up to 80 percent. This dramatic improvement means containers need to be replaced or emptied less frequently resulting in less downtime, improved worker productivity, and reduced waste hauling and disposal charges.
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.