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Baler cuts the ties

Q: What is your product/technology?

The Marathon Galaxy Twin RAM 310 baler, fitted with a fully automated plastic strapping mechanism ideal for RDF. The baler is supplied by UK distributor Blue Group.

Q: How does it work?

It allows you to process material destined for incineration without the obstruction of steel ties. Many of the plants that received baked RDF have a difficulty in processing the steel wire.

Q: Where would it ideally be used?

This specific setup is ideal for waste management, warehousing, retail, manufacturing or commodity processors where baling of materials such as RDF, MSW, plastic bottles, paper, cardboard is required.

Q: How is it different?

In our opinion the Marathon twin RAM 310 baler is one of the most powerful and productive balers on the market.

Q: What benefits does it offer? 

Key features include its 145 tonne compression force, speed of cycle times up to 9.5 seconds depending on material, and full ram penetration resulting in exceptional bale density. 

Q: Where it has been used?

Recent installation into Sterecycle in Rotheram for baling RDF material for export as well as being utilised to bale a wide variety of other commodities such as paper, card, plastics, MSW and other recovered materials. The recent investment is part of the companies exciting growth strategy, which aims to increase processing capabilities to over 200,000 tonnes per annum. 

Q: Any savings?

The plastic strapping reduces costs of bale wire and is more attractive to some end users.

Q: What about maintenance?

In terms of the general baler maintenance, local operators can take care of the day to day running of the machine and receive up to the minute feedback from the Marathon balers state of the art diagnostic computer system.  For any planned maintenance or for an issue requiring more specialist help, Blue Group offer a UK wide service backup on all the OEM equipment marketed. It has 18 fully trained technical service engineers covering the country. This coupled with a stockholding of £2m worth of parts in our Blue Spares operation guarantees an after sales backup which we believe is unrivalled in the industry  

Q: How is it future-proofed?

Flexibility of the Marathon Galaxy 2 RAM balers ensures that the customer can utilise their machine on a wide range of materials as their stream evolves over time.

Q: How many have you sold and where?

Blue Group has had fantastic success with the Marathon range of balers throughout the UK in the past few years since being appointed UK distributor.  

Q: Anything else?  

Blue Group offers the entire range of Marathon balers, which includes side eject options where space is of a premium, manual and auto tie versions as well as the larger scale twin ram options. 

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Blue Groups says the plastic strapper is the first of its kind on a waste baling application. The fully automated plastic strapping mechanism enables materials to be effectively wrapped, ensuring no spillage, ease of transportation and preservation of material for storage. The plastic wrapping system is a far cleaner operation than the conventional wire tying process, resulting in increased productivity and less downtime.


£2m worth of Marathon baler spare parts held by Blue Group 

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