While they do not yet require 8000 pounds per hour capacity, they had the foresight to create a system that will handle their aniticipated capacity.
An incline conveyor brings the material up and out into the open end baler. Designing the conveyor system this way yields a lot of savings, not just in the horsepowe used, but if air was used in this type of conveying systems, a filter system would also need to be used which would result in a higher maintenance and capital cost.
If the same installation used a 270 HP versus the 30 horsepower we employed, the corrugator system would need to blow air into a cyclone and require a filter with the air coming back into the plant. The approximate cost to process this, including replacement filters and compressed air is very expensive and could be $50,000 a year.
This particular baler has an 8 inch cylinder and 30 horsepower. A cylinder, of 6 or 7 inch would have made loose bales. We are using a 40 inch feed chute which is a larger one well suited for this installation.