PET Recycling: sustainability and conservation of resources
Channel Baler APK-D55 for Vöslauer Mineralwasser
With its market share of over 40%, Lower Austria’s Vöslauer Mineralwasser GmbH ranks top of the Austrian mineral water market.
In addition to bottling and distributing own brands such as Vöslauer Mineralwasser or Vöslauer Flavours, the company also produces the brands Almdudler, Pepsi Cola and 7up under license.
Into the future with rePET – Sustainability, conservation of resources and profitability
In 2018 Vöslauer became the first Austrian company to develop marketable 100% rePET (recycled PET) bottles. Vöslauer aims by 2025 to produce all PET bottles from 100% rePET. Another paramount requirement is efficient and CO2-saving transport to their recycling partners. To achieve this, all PET bottles are pressed into bales.
With particular requirements Vöslauer turned to Austropressen: high bale weights to ensure fully utilized transport capacities, long plant service life, all with energy- and resource-conservation a top priority.
The solution: Ecologically effective, reliable operation and future-oriented
The fully automatic Austropressen APK-D55 channel baling press was selected as the answer to Vöslauer requirements. A specially designed in-feed system with perforator was added for reliable supply of the plant.
PET bales weighing 300 kg are produced with 550 kN pressure force and for a calculated 135 m³/h throughput.
The perforator and a screw conveyor (both designed and produced by Austropressen) will fully empty bottles containing any residual fluids. This will guarantee stable and heavy bales.
To ensure resistance to any aggressive residual fluids (sugar from lemonade), the conveyor system is manufactured using entirely stainless steel (Niro). The channel baling press is furthermore protected with a special epoxy resin coating. Exchangeable HARDOX base plates ensure low wear and increased service life.
APK-D Channel Baler – Efficiency in all Areas
The 22kW drive with sensor-controlled switch-off should material infeed fail will guarantee efficient use of energy.
Specially developed hydraulic units and an oil care system (cooling, heating, cleaning all in one) ensure energy-efficient operation and serve to extend the service life of hydraulic equipment and fluid.
A patented cutting system will minimise jamming of material, energy consumption and wear of cutting tools.
The fully automatic Austropressen DRILLFIX 4-fold bale binding system will ensure trouble-free and wire-saving operation. Reliable and trouble-free binding is assured by a wire insertion system.
The channel baler communicates with the internal network to automatically log machine data (number of bales, operating hours, error messages).