Baler machines, or simply balers, are devices that have been designed to compress materials into a bale for storage, transport or handling. A bale is simply a bundle of material that is tightly wrapped and bound with hoops or cords.
Baler machines come in several forms, each producing a different type of bale, either cylindrical or rectangular, of various sizes, bound by twine, strapping, netting or wire. Some baler machines are stationary, while others can be towed behind a towing vehicle, like a tow truck or a tractor. The design of a baler machine can vary greatly depending on its intended application. Hay baler machines, for instance, feature tines to move the hay and hydraulic arms to compress it, but other machines may not have tines at all. Baler machines are most often used for industrial recycling applications, but they can also be used in agricultural applications. They are commonly found in manufacturing plants that deal with large quantities of scrap paper, plastic, or metal and are used to compact these scraps into a more manageable bundle for transportation and disposal.
Baler machines come in a selection of several common models from which a customer may choose. Some of these balers include vertical, horizontal, two ram, auto tie, and manual tie balers. Vertical baler machines, as their name suggests, stand vertically, and the waste material is placed into a cavity in the front of the machine. Once all of the material is placed in the machine, it is compressed into a bale. Vertical baler machines are typically more common for compressing paper, cardboard, and other packaging components. Horizontal balers are typically much larger and often utilize conveyors to feed waste material into one side of the machine. The compacted bales are then fed out of the opposite side of the machine. These baler machines can also be used for cardboard and paper products but also with more heavy duty materials like metals and plastics. Horizontal and vertical balers are the two main groups of baler machines, while auto tie, manual tie and two ram balers are simply more specialized balers. An auto tie baler, for example, is a type of horizontal baler which is designed with automated equipment that allows it to tie up the bales as they exit the machine, ensuring that the compacted material stays in a uniform shape. Other baler machines can be further specialized based on their intended use. In plastic recycling applications, some balers actually melt the plastic and allow it to solidify into a brick form for ease of transportation. Another industrial baler machine is the tire baling machine, which, true to its name, compresses rubber tires, using strong hydraulic arms. As illustrated, balers offer an impressive list of capabilities and can be utilized in an extensive range of industries. Whatever their intended application, customers are sure to find a baler machine that fits their purposes or may be customized to do so.
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