The Rila Feinkost-Importe GmbH & Co. KG also called “Rila. The Genussentdecker® “, produces and distributes national food. With more than 1300 articles, Rila brings typical food and cooking to Germany’s food markets.
From Stemwede the delicacy brands such as “Menzi” and “Jürgen Langbein” and many more are sent directly to the food markets and central warehouses.
With such a large number of products, also a high amount of packaging is required. During repackaging of articles from the pallet to the displays, for the markets, many cartons are created. These had to be disposed of economically. For more than two years, around 90t of cardboard have been disposed of annually with the AutoLoadBaler including eight collection carts.
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Klaus Fricke, Operation manager, Rila Feinkost-Importe was looking for an optimization for cardboard disposal. The old baler, which was filled manually, had to be replaced. Klaus Fricke reports: “In the course of my internet research I came across the AutoLoadBaler and it was immediately clear to me that we needed this automated solution for our cardboard disposal.” In the high season, the manual filling of cardboard was a huge time waster. Disposal was a full-time job for the employees and took up to eight hours per day. “We are happy about every disposal process that we can streamline. The manual filling of the cardboard box press was very time-consuming and we set ourselves the goal of rationalizing this activity with the help of the AutoLoadBaler,” says Klaus Fricke.
Current disposal solution
With the AutoLoadBaler, Rila has absolutely fulfilled the goal of streamlining the disposal processes. The AutoLoadBaler, with a footprint of less than 5m², is positioned directly at the material location. Employees from the display area and threw their cardboard directly into the collection carts. When the collection cart is full, it is pushed into the side of the machine within a few seconds. Just one push of a button and the collection cart is emptied by itself. No more waiting, no tearing and no stooping. The employee just takes an empty collection cart and continue with his work.
Function AutoLoadBaler: The bottom of the collecting cart is conveyed upwards via a scissor lift table. The cardboard thus reaches the feed rollers which distribute the material slowly and evenly in the press chamber. Then the material is pressed with 53t pressing force into a 450kg heavy directly marketable bale. With these bales a full capacity on the truck is achieved. The bales are also beeing marketed with high revenues.
Compared to the previous disposal, the AutoLoadBaler is way ahead. With the AutoLoadBaler the bale weight was optimized from 300 to approx. 450kg. Due to the transport load, the transport costs have decreased along with it. The most crucial point, the time-consuming manual filling is completely eliminated with the AutoLoadBaler. “We are glad that we switched to the ALB and did not decide to buy another baler again. The ALB has a ROI of one year. We could not have expected a better result, “said Klaus Fricke.
Strautmann Umwelttechnik GmbH