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Built to last. (Excel).

Jake Giesbrecht is a recycling plant manager now, but his work experience includes several years as a millwright working with machinery by building, installing and servicing it.

When it came time for Eastman Recycling Services in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada, to look for a replacement baler, plant manager Giesbrecht knew what to look for as well as what to look out for.

"Being a millwright myself, when I came to the Excel factory I looked at how their machines are built," says Giesbrecht. "I checked out some of the models made by other companies as well, but the workmanship and the engineering at Excel far outweighed the other models."

Due to the range of materials processed at Eastman Recycling, Giesbrecht knew he would need a sturdy machine that could handle paper, metals and the always tough-to-keep-compressed stream of plastic containers.

Excel was able to offer not only sturdiness, but also the safety features and ease of maintenance that Eastman Recycling was looking for in a baler.

A NICE FIT. Jake Giesbrecht says he paid attention to details when he studied Excel's line of balers. "What I see is when they've done welding joints, they actually fit them together so the metal interlocks, and then they weld it together on top of that, so it's almost like a double joint."

Eastman had some concerns about the reliability of auto-tie systems, but became convinced that the system that came with the Excel ER63 baler would increase productivity without causing mechanical problems. "We chose to go with the auto-tie and it has worked out beautifully. We can turn the machine on auto and we greatly reduce the amount of attention paid to the baler during its operation," he notes.

The auto-tie system used can be configured to tie four wires for most applications, but can also be set up to use nine wires to tie plastic containers or other commodities that may have greater memory. "And with this machine, you can use a thinner, high-tensile wire, and the cost of our wire has been reduced to half of what it was with our old baler," says Giesbrecht.

Both the auto-tie system and the safety features designed in by Excel have been appreciated by Eastman and its workforce, which consists in part of mentally handicapped workers.

"Once we have the baler set up for automatic baling, all our workers have to do is put material in and move it by forklift after bales are ejected and tied," says Giesbrecht.

KEEPS ON ROLLING. Even though he was sure he was choosing the right baler with the Excel ER63, Giesbrecht says the machine has exceeded his expectations since taking delivery of it.

"We have found that it bales most material even more densely than we expected, and often more quickly," he comments. "Our plastic bales are probably 10 percent heavier than we anticipated. And while we thought it might take up to 10 minutes to make a bale of newspaper, it is actually taking as little as four minutes," he notes.

Just as importantly, the machine has required minimal service attention. "We really haven't needed any service, other than to order a filter from Excel," says Giesbrecht of the baler, which was installed last year. "There really isn't anything to be done that we can't do ourselves here," he remarks.

"I think that it's almost a service-free baler, as far as I'm concerned. You just do your preventive maintenance on it, and it will keep going," Giesbrecht states.

Giesbrecht is so fond of his Excel baler that he has become an unofficial ambassador for Excel in western Canada. "A recycling center in another part of Manitoba was shopping for a baler, and I practically sold them an Excel baler. "When I explained how much faster it would work for them, they eventually chose the Excel baler."
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Date:Nov 1, 2002
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