Welcome to the January 2024 edition of Compaction Catch Up, our monthly update on how the business is doing. We aim to show off our production capabilities as well as our superb team.
If you follow us on our social media you would already know we get some components laser cut for precision. We have been ordering the next batch before we have received delivery of the last order so we can keep the manufacturing team fed with parts.
With such a busy month the workshop team have been looking at ways to speed up the production of our mobile compactors, they are the most labour-intensive model we manufacture and also currently the one that is most requested. The team believe they can reduce the production time by 20%. That would represent a reduction in just the welding time from 10 days to 8 per compactor.
We have finished the Design Room. It’s much bigger and looks a lot nicer than before. But we have realised the shelves and cupboards now look rubbish compared to the rest of the room so we will update them shortly.
We have had a busy January with a number of large orders coming in, this has bumped up our lead times a bit but our workshop team is working hard to get everything built.
Welcome to the December 2023 edition of Compaction Catch Up, our monthly update on how the business is doing. We aim to show off our production capabilities as well as our superb team.
We broke our metal cutting guillotine so we replaced it with a new-to-us Morgan Rushworth Model HGL 3100/8 with a 3m cutting width. This new guillotine has a 50cm larger cutting capability which is a massive boost to our manufacturing process, especially for the larger bespoke projects we regularly get.
If you remember the bright red SC3000 Static Compactor we built in September the same company requested another interesting colour for their new HB550 Mill Size Baler RAL 4003 Heather Violet. But we do prefer their name for the colour ‘Snow Fairy Pink’.
As you may have seen on our socials Steve visited A1 BAcon to get the measurements for a bespoke mobile compactor we will be building for them/ Whilst he was there he was given a couple of packs of their delicious bacon. The only thing to do with that much bacon was to make the team a couple of bacon sandwiches each.
With the Christmas closure, we made a push to get as many balers and compactors out of the workshop and installed as we could, we managed to get 15 installed in total.
Welcome to the November 2023 edition of Compaction Catch Up, our monthly update on how the business is doing. We aim to show off our production capabilities as well as our superb team.
We have expanded our design room by just over double its original size to allow our Design Team to work more easily with the Manufacturing Team. Many bespoke designs we are asked to create require much collaboration and input from all departments before any parts are ordered.
As a bonus, the new room once completed will allow the large groups during the site visits to fit all at once.
We are waiting for the new office furniture to arrive at the beginning of December to get Mark back in his own office. Keep an eye on our socials for that.
Across the country Remembrance Day Parades happened on the 12th. Each year we sponsor a soldier silhouette on Verwood High Street, the money raised from local businesses sponsoring these soldiers goes to the Royal British Legion.
The Manufacturing Team and some of the office team completed a comprehensive Manual Handling Training Course and a select few remained in the training room to do their Fire Warden Training afterwards.
We regularly run these training courses to keep our teams up-to-date and confident in their jobs. They said the best bit was using the fire extinguishers!
Welcome to the October 2023 edition of Compaction Catch Up, our monthly update on how the business is doing. We aim to show off our production capabilities as well as our superb team.
As you may have seen on our socials, Steve has had some time off, which he decided to spend walking up to Everest Base Camp.
He was part of a group of 11 people that participated in the 16-day walk. Steve said it was cold with temperatures getting as low as -17°C at night but the magnificent views more than made up for it.
We completed the building of the first one of our new mobile compactor model: The MC14BL Mobile Compactor with Bin Lift. Based on our MC14 Mobile Compactor this new model features a completely re-designed frame and skip to accommodate the heavy-duty bin lift system that can handle bins up to 1100 litres.
It took many iterations in the design stage and several more during manufacture so we say well done to the design team and the manufacturing team for their hard work.
On the 3rd of October, we were at the Big Sustainability Expo in the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. It was amazing to see all the companies creating and developing sustainable products and businesses.
We are thankful to the event organisers for our prime position in front of the main entrance, it kept our team busy all day.
We are excited to introduce the brand-new MC14BL Mobile Compactor with Bin Lift, an evolution of our trusted MC14 Mobile Compactor. This innovative model offers the versatility to lift various types of bins. It’s designed for businesses facing the challenge of managing substantial general waste without having the space for larger waste management systems. Recent shifts in transportation and other costs have led even smaller businesses and sites to recognize the advantages of waste compaction.
Our standard MC14 Mobile Compactor, with a length of just 4.4 meters, was created for businesses with limited space. The challenge with the MC14BL Mobile Compactor was to keep it compact while retaining a spacious skip. Due to its smaller size, simply adding a bin lift system would have caused the MC14 to tip forward when lifting heavy bins. This posed risks to operators and could damage the compactor. Traditional bin lift systems with a single flap door created a large loading hopper, which reduced skip space while necessitating a large opening for bin emptying, to reduce spillages.
To overcome these challenges, we took a fresh approach and undertook a complete redesign of the MC14BL Mobile Compactor, focusing on the bin lift. The frame was redesigned to provide better support for the weight and stresses the bin lift creates, drawing inspiration from our larger mobile compactors. We reinforced the front panels with additional thickness and bracing to ensure they could withstand the stress of the bin lift over many years. A more substantial frame was used to minimize flexing caused by repeated lifts.
We explored various door options, including bifold and trifold doors, in an effort to maintain dimensions close to those of the standard MC14. However, these mechanisms proved to be too complicated and less reliable. Therefore, we opted for a larger hopper and a standard hinged door and extended the compactor’s length by 250mm to ensure reliability. All design changes were meticulously tested using our 3D rendering program, enabling us to identify and resolve potential issues before any metal was cut.
Before applying the final paint, a test lift was conducted with a transport truck to ensure the compactor’s stability. Although it exhibited a slight front-heavy tendency when lifted, there was no risk of tipping while in the air. Nevertheless, it became apparent that the footprint was too short for safe transportation. An easy solution was implemented by adding extra framing to lengthen the footprint to fit securely on transport trucks.
The presence of a compactor with a bin lift offers advantages to most businesses and sites that employ large bins for waste collection and movement. Many of these locations grapple with limited space, rendering larger waste management systems impractical. Using the MC14 Mobile Compactor eliminates the need for manual waste transfer from bins to the compactor, leading to time and labour cost savings. Furthermore, it reduces the number of required uplifts, resulting in significant cost savings. Additionally, our energy-efficient system decreases the carbon footprint by consuming less energy compared to traditional transport methods.
The standard MC14 Compactor can achieve a compaction ratio of up to 4:1, depending on the materials. The MC14BL Mobile Compactor with Bin Lift is designed to deliver similar performance. In practical terms, a 14-yard skip would typically hold around 1 ton, whereas our compactors can enhance this capacity to 3-4 tonnes per skip.
We are committed to maintaining open communication with our partner, ensuring regular updates on weights when emptying the MC14BL Mobile Compactor with Bin Lift. Routine servicing will allow us to identify signs of wear and tear and gather operator feedback, which has so far been positive. This information will serve as a guide for future improvements as we continue to pioneer in waste management.
Welcome to the September 2023 edition of Compaction Catch Up, our monthly update on how the business is doing. We aim to show off our production capabilities and our superb team.
Our Marketing team, Waste Management Specialists, Steve and our Sales Director, Sian all had a meeting to discuss how to enhance our already well-received site visits at The Workshop and introduce something new for returning visitors.
Keep an eye on our socials for updates.
Whilst everyone was here Steve decided that it was a good day for a BBQ. And that’s when the rain started!
We all moved inside and enjoyed the food as well as catching up with colleagues that we rarely see face to face.
Our 3D designer, Mark, has already started seeing the benefits of optimising his design system. We were asked to create a concept drawing for 2 compactors to fit where access was limited.
His design calls for the compactors to sit side by side and be loaded from a dock. But with the limited room to manoeuvre the dock can only be accessed through one gate.
We have been looking into adding more branded merchandise for use at trade shows and for our teams to use (if we don’t show ourselves off then who will?). We are expecting to get our first batch of A5 notebooks in early October, we are excited to see them.
Welcome to the August 2023 edition of Compaction Catch Up, our monthly update on how the business is doing. We aim to show off our production capabilities and our superb team.
Our Marketing and Social Media Assistant Kevin got married to his beautiful wife Roberta on the 1st of September. They chose to get married in Perișor, Romania near to Robertas home town.
Everything went smoothly and everyone is looking forward to seeing the photos and video to come out in a few weeks.
Steve and our Waste Management Specialists have been busy getting ready for the BIG Sustainability Expo at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton in October. We will have an outdoor display as well as stand 79 indoors, where our team will most likely be found eager and ready to chat.
Our 3D artist Mark has spent the past month glued to his chair simplifying his design process by taking advantage of his developing knowledge and productivity improvements in his latest Solidworks Software.
We are sure once completed this will speed up our design step and get it to production quicker whilst keeping the high build quality we pride ourselves on.
Our person that normally does the research and writing for our newsletter had the month off to get married so we have nothing here this month. We hope you have been able to enjoy some of the good weather and have some BBQs and outdoorsy fun.
Welcome to the July 2023 edition of Compaction Catch Up, our monthly update on how the business is doing. We aim to show off our production capabilities and our superb team.
The marketing team is working on updating the spec sheets so they contain the latest information, as we continually improve all our balers and compactors.
We are sure they will become an invaluable and informative touchpoint for prospective partners.
Our Marketing Assistant Kevin and his fiance Roberta completed the Pretty Muddy Race for Life in Southampton, raising some much-needed cash for Cancer Research. Unfortunately, a disease both are familiar with.
Our team’s 3D artist has recently upgraded his computer to support the latest version of Solidworks. Together with Steve, they are currently updating various baler and compactor designs while also working on bespoke systems that have been requested. One of their current projects involves designing a special bin lift for a unique style of bin. We are sure they will become an invaluable and informative touchpoint for prospective partners.
July saw the hottest day on record for the planet with an average world-wide temperature of 17.01 Celcius, beating the previous record of 16.92 in 2016. Numerous countries have experienced severe heat waves that have resulted in numerous fatalities and wildfires. We are glad we are doing our part to reduce our and our partners’ impact on the environment.
Welcome to the June 2023 edition of Compaction Catch Up, our new
monthly update on how the business is doing. We aim to show off our production capabilities as well as our superb team.
Some of you may have already noticed we have a new website. Our previous one was overdue for an update.
We will be using the new website to keep all our clients both, future and current, up to date with important developments within the business as well as within the wider industry of recycling and waste management.
We featured in Manufacturing and Engineering
Magazines latest issue (see the full article HERE).
Our article delves into the mind of our director Steve Mason and his vision of how manufacturing should be done. We weren’t quite cover model ready but we did get mentioned on the front cover!
May was a quiet month across the industry with all the bank holidays giving people plenty of time off and many taking the opportunity for holidays, but things have sped up again in June.