Simply Efficient Operation
The ExtractPack Pro liquid extraction baler is based on a Rockwell Automation® control platform including an Allen-Bradley® MicroLogix® 1200 controller and Allen-Bradley push buttons, safety relays, sensors and other components. The hydraulically-powered machine allows simple and efficient standalone operation – and can be easily configured for network integration.
In a typical application, product is deposited into a hopper and then run by conveyer to the back of the baler. When the baler chamber is full, it automatically cycles to activate a platen that compresses the product. The platen and chamber floor are lined with “shark teeth,” which perforate the containers as they are compressed to form a bale. The machine continues to cycle on-demand until the bale has reached full size.
An indicator light is activated when the bale is full. Then, the operator stops the machine and ties-off the bale. To help enable safe bale removal, the bale is hydraulically ejected from the front of the machine onto a pallet.
Throughout operation, a closed-loop product catch system captures the extracted liquid. The liquid can be discharged and collected from two points on the machine.
“With a cycle time of 38.5 seconds, the machine is very efficient,” Powell said. “If fed continuously with product by a 36-inch conveyor, the ExtractPack Pro baler can create and eject a mill-size bale in about 46 minutes.”
In addition, the machine includes a “sleep mode,” which allows it to draw less power while remaining ready to process product.
Capturing Impressive Return on Investment (ROI)
“Oftentimes, intermediate-size producers pay by the ton to have beverage containers destroyed and recycled,” explained Roberts. “Our new machine delivers the functionality they need in a space-saving footprint – so they can destroy product on site automatically, sell directly to recyclers and recoup revenue.”
Harmony Enterprises anticipates customers will see a return on their investment within 12 to 18 months.
“The results have been very good thus far,” said Roberts. “In fact, our first installation quickly led to a request for a similar system from a nearby company that had seen the ExtractPack Pro in action.”
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