Vertical or horizontal balers for distribution centers 

30 november, 2022

Waste management in distribution centers, is a complex and multi-level process that requires the development of an appropriate strategy, procedures and, above all, professional equipment. Vertical and horizontal balers in distribution centers, prove to be invaluable when it comes to streamlining logistics processes and optimize costs associated with waste management.

Distribution center with rows of cardboard boxes

Waste: What are the challenges facing distribution centers?

Distribution centers are facing many logistical and process challenges in the field of waste management. First of all, they generate a lot of various types of waste - mainly plastic and cardboard - every day; bulky waste is also a common problem.

However, this is not all; A fairly common problem is, inefficient use of employee work time. This situation commonly occurs, when a container is outside of the building, meaning that each day employees waste several minutes when going outside with the waste. What's more, when employees leave the hall frequently, it cools down by several degrees, which is a particularly troublesome problem in winter as it contributes to an increase in heating costs. It can also have a bad effect on employees’ health.

It happens that some employees and managers of distribution centers get accustomed to the current state (e.g. daily use of containers located outside of the building). This means that they don't notice areas that can be effectively optimized and overlook the elements of waste management processes that can be simplified. In a situation like this, the help from someone "from the outside" could be invaluable; such a person can show a new perspective in waste management and suggest how to solve the company's problems - for example by investing in auger compactors or balers.

How vertical and horizontal balers can improve waste management in distribution centers?

Professional waste compacting machines can facilitate and speed up logistics processes related to waste management. Regardless of whether we are dealing with a vertical baler or a horizontal baler, these machines significantly reduce the space occupied by waste, reducing its volume many times. At the same time, they positively affect the organization and cleanliness of the work space - and also - the comfort of employees.

Balers for distribution centers can allow companies to increase their profits by reducing the cost of disposing of used packaging. Such machines also reduce the time spent on waste utilization by employees who can accomplish other tasks at that time. By using intuitive, easy-to-use and efficient machines, it is possible to reduce downtime at work and ensure optimal workflow. What's more, companies using such compaction equipment can diversify their revenues by selling recyclable materials, in the form of ready-to-collect bales.

With vertical balers and the more automatic solution like an auger compactor, delivered by Bramidan, you are guaranteed the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO), which makes the operation of the equipment as cheap and cost-effective as possible. This can be achieved when the machines are equipped with a BRA-IN monitoring system, which allows, among others, easy budgeting of its operating costs. Placing the compaction machine in the hall will also help reduce the volume of the internal transport of waste with forklifts.

Which machine - a vertical or horizontal baler?

Choosing the right machine for distribution centers is not the simplest task. A vertical baler is an ideal machine for compacting smaller amounts of waste, which may turn out to be a great solution for smaller halls and warehouses. However, for large distribution centers, larger and more efficient horizontal balers can work better, which can streamline more complex and demanding logistics processes.

Horizontal balers enable smooth operation thanks to continuous waste loading. They are characterized by a wide opening, adjustable bale length and low noise. It is worth adding that these are automated machines.

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How to find the best solution, tailored to the needs of your business?

To properly select a vertical or horizontal baler for distribution centers, it is necessary to check several key factors. These include:

  • done The amount, type and size of generated waste
  • done Logistics and interior spatial conditions
  • done The amount of space allocated for operating the baler or compactor

Choosing a waste compacting machine is not easy. This is why we encourage you to contact our sales consultants. We will carry out a thorough audit of your company's needs, and our specialists will propose the best solution tailored to your business. Contact us by filling out the contact form.

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