The following is intended to be an example of how our DW Hopper material handling systems are being used in the plastics industry and illustrates how other producers might be able to use them. The hoppers are also being used in other areas, and producers will continue to find additional applications for them. We welcome any questions or comments regarding the specific use of our hopper systems and of course welcome any comments that our present customers may wish to share with us.
Organization C is a large extrusion house that receives all of their raw material in bulk by rail, and stores their material in several silos. They do coloring on line, and all of their lines are fed directly from the silos. The only time gaylords are used is for handling their regrind material, which they pulverize in house. After review of their operations a decision was made to do whatever they could to reduce the amount of cardboard boxes being used. The driving force for this came from problems encountered in handling and storing the boxes. A few fork lift punched holes in the boxes per month was something they could endure, but major spills from boxes falling over from incorrect stacking in their warehouse and the clean up required not to mention the loss of material was a cost they wanted to eliminate. EPA problems were expected to be incurred if something was not done soon.
By using the DW Hoppers, our customers were able to migrate from cardboard Gaylords to improve material handling challenges, including but not limited to: Contamination reduction, storage of colors, dust control with regrind, housekeeping and most importantly, to increase production and eliminate waste. ROI for the hoppers can be achieved in 16 to 20 months.