Confidence in Operational Reliability

In the past, one bale of cutting waste at Smurfit Kappa in Neuburg weighed 380 kilogram. Today it is 520 kilogram – for the same size of bale. This is made possible by the high compression capacity of the HSM VK 7215 baling press. This has significant advantages for the transportation of bales to the paper factory for recycling. On the whole, there are fewer bales, the forklift truck can make fewer trips and lorry utilization to the paper factory has increased by 30 percent.

Smurfit Kappa in Neuburg produces up to 48 tons of cutting waste every day. The Bavarian plant has specialized in the food sector with 180 employees. The plant typically dispatches yoghurt trays and boxes for transporting milk packaging. Cutting waste is not put into temporary storage but is moved directly from production to a baling press to be transported to one of the Group’s paper factories for recycling. Rüdiger Graf, operations manager at the Neuburg plant, describes the requirements on the paper press at the end of the production line, saying, “If the baling press malfunctions, the entire production comes to a standstill.” In a plant which produces round the clock there are maximum requirements regarding the operational reliability of a press. After 20 years of operation, the existing baling press in the corrugated cardboard factory had reached the end of its life. Downtime was increasing, so that the search was on in Neuburg for a successor. According to Rüdiger Graf, several suppliers were in the race and all machines were evaluated. He said that two small HSM presses had already been running at Smurfit Kappa in Neuburg for some time and that they had had “good experience” with them. This assessment was verified in the new selection procedure.

Smurfit Kappa in Neuburg needed a reliable baling press for the disposal of larger volumes of cutting waste (Photo: HSM)

Smurfit Kappa in Neuburg needed a reliable baling press for the disposal of larger volumes of cutting waste (Photo: HSM)

Hydraulic fluid from aircraft engines

“Implementation of the new investment in Neuburg was not easy. HSM could not simply take the ‘VK 7215’ from the assembly line and leave it with us”, said Graf. The new press is much larger than the replaced machine, but had to get by with the space available, in particular, fitting in with the current ventilation technology. In turn, the provider had to make centimeter adjustments to the machine on-site at various points. As a supplier to the food industry, Smurfit Kappa also has high requirements regarding health & safety and risk management. This meant that instead of the usual hydraulic oil, they had to work with a fire-resistant fluid which was specified by the firm and which is normally used in aircraft engines. HSM modified the machine accordingly and enabled the use of this hydraulic fluid for the first time.

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