A renowned house building company streamlines its waste handling and reduces the volumes of packaging material in the modern factory. ”One bale now equals a full container of cardboard before!”
Flexator, with about 160 employees, is a successful manufacturing company with over 60 years of experience in producing prefabricated buildings for schools, offices and housing. In the large modern production facility in small town Anneberg in Sweden, the modular buildings are built from the ground up and are fully furnished upon delivery.
Standardized building concept for professional customers
Flexator’s tried-and-tested standardized building concept provides its professional customers, companies and municipalities, with cost-effective, adaptable and secure solutions, where construction time is short and the modular buildings can be owned or leased.
Flexator is nowadays part of Adapteo Group, a leading manufacturer of modular buildings in Europe, and it has generated international business for Flexator in Finland and Norway.
Packaging material collected in different halls
The factory is divided into different halls, for example for floor and wall mounting and final assembly and the operations result in large quantities of empty packaging, mainly corrugated cardboard but also plastic foil.
Previously, the corrugated cardboard was collected in 40 ft containers and disposed of as uncompacted waste, but Flexator recently invested in a baling solution from Orwak. Kristian Stenbäck, Production Manager, Logistics at Flexator says:
“It started with two balers, one for cardboard and one for plastic, but soon the staff in the other halls wanted their own machines near their workstations.”
Strategically located balers
Flexator now has three ORWAK POWER cardboard balers strategically located on the premises with one in each hall to reduce transportation. Plastic is collected in big bags at the workstations and the full bags are then brought to a central location to the baler POWER 3325, which is specially designed for effective compaction of soft plastic.
An important reason for the investment was the desire to get rid of the containers and gain more space in the factory. Mr. Stenbäck is very pleased with the volume reduction that the balers provide: ”I believe that one bale now equals a whole container of cardboard before!”
An investment with many advantages
• Time saving for the forklift drivers and the assembly staff; thus increased productivity.
• Cost savings when no need to rent or empty the containers.
• Improved working environment; no more cardboard pieces flying around outdoors.
Mr Stenbäck concludes: “Compacting packaging is a great thing for manufacturing industries and it is practical and efficient with balers placed at the various workplaces on the premises.”