When US company XPO Logistics acquired Norbert Dentressangle in 2015, it became responsible for Tesco’s loose equipment fleet along with its UK and Irish estate of 12 recycling service units (RSUs), which manage the supermarket giant’s reverse logistics recycling operation.
To help process the plastic and cardboard packaging material throughputs, XPO’s Belfast RSU is now relying on a Presona LP 85VH1 baler to provide continuous, energy-efficient compaction.
The custom-built baler incorporates a bespoke feeding conveyor, a standalone control panel giving online access to production and performance data, and a frequency control system to optimise energy consumption.
The 85VH1 has a 55kW motor, a throughput of up to 12 tonnes an hour for cardboard, and incorporates Presona’s prepress technology.
When compared with a shear baler, the prepress delivers a significant reduction in energy costs because all the power goes into compaction. And because the process is more streamlined, the units suffer less wear and tear and emit less noise than their counterparts.
The baler also minimises consumable waste. Typically, the LP Series produces bales with a wire ‘pigtail’ length of just 50mm, significantly shorter than the norm.
At XPO’s Belfast RSU, the baler will be compacting 9,500 tonnes of card and 700 tonnes of plastic a year.