Strongly convinced in a continuous drive to increase its efficiency, productivity and flexibility, the outdated waste handling system at the production site in Halle was replaced by a completely new system. Sister companies CRETES and VALVAN were appointed to install their integrated, turnkey solution.
The family owned company Pacapime is one the largest producers of corrugated board in Belgium. The ready-to-use packaging solutions are especially popular in the food sector, but offer unlimited possibilities. With the slogan “our corrugated boards wraps anything”, Pacapime remains at the forefront of the industry. With more than 80 years of experience, supplying a quality product and maintaining a flexible attitude, Pacapime is part of the top of the market. Pacapime works primarily in the Benelux, France and Germany. In 2009 a subsidiary was started in Hungary with a focus on the Eastern-European market.
Up to the end of 2018, the waste coming from the various production machines in Halle was separated in a huge cyclone and discharged in an old bale press. The access to the installation was far from ideal; the large cyclone was situated on the roof and the bale press in an area with a very low ceiling. The cyclone also had an “open” outlet, meaning that all cardboard dust was emitted directly into the open air. The even increasing maintenance cost were an additional proof that a new solution was urgently required.
A new space was allocated where Cretes and Valvan could accommodate a totally new system. Cretes was responsible for the aspiration and evacuation of the waste up to the filtration of the transport air. Valvan supplied the bale press and the electrical controls of the entire system. Since the beginning of the year, about 4000kg of waste per hour, is being aspirated at the production lines and separated in a compact rotary condenser. The edge trims and punch waste fall in a hydraulic bale press. This one makes bales of around 450 to 500kg each. The operators also have the possibility to manually feed large sheets of reject cardboard by means of an inclined chain conveyor. Finally, a large baghouse filter ensures that the transport air is purified and can be returned in the production hall.
The decision of Pacapime to install a system from “Cretes-Valvan” was made fairly quickly. As sister companies within the 100% Flemish VALTECH GROUP, an integrated and project-based approach is a daily matter. Flexibility and fast service are of great importance to Pacapime and that is precisely what both Cretes and Valvan consider extremely important. After similar projects in Belgium and abroad for both (corrugated) cardboard as for waste from textiles, mineral wool or plastic, the Valtech Group once again proves its value as a provider of technically advanced turnkey solutions.
CRETES is a multidisciplinary company that offers single components or complete processing lines, from the initial idea up until the construction of the machines and final installation on site. CRETES is active in fibre processing, biomass handling, sorting and recycling applications, waste handling, fabric handling and board manipulation.