Presona conveyor keeps OCC bales on the move

26 February 2018

Sweden-based recycling equipment maker Presona states it “rose to the challenge” when containerboard producer DS Smith needed to replace the bale conveyor system at its Tampere, Finland, mill. Presona indicates it delivered a system that uses fewer moving parts and it is easier to clean and service.

In 2015, DS Smith Tampere staff concluded it was time to replace the mill’s bale conveyor system, preferably with something “innovative,” according to Presona. The system, which was connected to two Presona balers producing old corrugated container (OCC) bales, had been in place for more than 20 years. By 2015 the system, which featured a vertical lift, was old and subject to breaking down, prompting Tampere mill managers to begin seeking a replacement.

In 2016 Presona installed a completely new conveyor system in which all parts were built on the same height from the floor. Presona also describes the new system as being “optimized to give its operators better access for cleaning and maintenance.”

At the heart of the system is an automatic cart that runs on rails on the floor, picking up bales from the two balers.

“The new conveyor system is easier to use and takes up less space in the room, which makes everything more accessible,” says Tampere mill maintenance manager Seppo Soisenniemi. “We are very happy with it.”

At the same time it installed the new conveyor system, DS Smith decided to replace one of its two balers in Tampere, an old Presona machine from 1975, with a second Presona 40 OH2 model.

“We have had the first 40 OH 2 since 1998 and are very satisfied with it,” says Seppo Soisenniemi. “Now, if something happens with one baler we can easily switch to the other and they both use the same spare parts, which is convenient.”