WEIMA Dealer Event a TREMENDOUS Success!
The 2013 WEIMA Dealer Event was a tremendous success! With close to 50 dealers/representatives from North America in attendance, the sales and marketing team had a large group to focus on. The dealers arrived on Wednesday evening and were treated to a nice dinner. Thursday came early as a chartered bus took everyone to six (6) local WEIMA customers to view WEIMA Shredders, Grinders and Briquette Presses in action.
The first stop was at a local building supply store. This WEIMA customer uses their WLK10 Grinder to grind all of their wood waste, pallet waste and crate waste generated on the production floor. They utilize a pneumatic discharge with an inline magnet to remove the nails prior to blowing the material in a trailer. They have a local customer for their ground wood waste.
The second stop was a large local printing facility. This WEIMA customer uses their WLK10 Shredder to shred all of their paper scrap generated from the production of printed goods. The shredded paper is pneumatically conveyed to a baler. This customer was able to source their WEIMA equipment via an equipment broker who bought the system for them to guarantee the supply of paper.
The third stop was a truss manufacturing plany. This WEIMA customer uses their WLK6S Grinder to grind all of their end cuts from their trim saw. They also utilize a pneumatic discharge with an inline magnet to remove any potential metal contamination prior to blowing the material in a trailer. They also have a local customer for their ground wood waste.
The fourth stop was a toilet paper manufacturer. This was arguably the highlight of the trip. This WEIMA customer uses their WLK13 Shredder to shred all of their paper scrap generated from the converting process. The shredded paper is pneumatically conveyed to a baler. This customer also has a WEIMA TH714 Briquette Press to handle the large volume of dust generated on the converting floor. In addition to the reclaim line, the customer has its own in-house paper making line. This line runs at speeds in excess of 50 mph. Everyone was amazed by the size and speed of the equipment.
The fifth stop was a general plastics recycler. This WEIMA customer uses their WLK15 Shredder to process all types of plastic scrap. During our visit, the customer was handling old HDPE trash bins. The shredded HDPE was conveyed to an existing Granulator and then pneumatically conveyed to a gaylord. The recycler also operates a wash line, a film densifier and a repelletizing line.
Our sixth and final stop was a film manufacturer. This WEIMA customer uses his WLK15 Shredder to breakdown rolls of stretch film prior to repelletizing in a Davis-Standard Extruder. The rolls are split on a guillotine to remove the cardboard core and are then fed by conveyor into the WLK15 Shredder. A conveyor feeds the shredded LDPE to a surge hopper above the Extruder.
Needless to say, everyone was pretty tired after a long day of tours. As a treat to all, we took everyone to the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery for some GREAT German food and beer!
On Friday, the dealers took a tour of the WEIMA facility and witnessed four (4) equipment trials using the Horizontal Beaver 300, a ZMK40, a TH714 and a TH1500M. Upon completion of the trials, Mr. Martin Friz, one of WEIMA's partners, gave a presentation on the past, present and future of WEIMA. Everyone had a nice lunch and then most went to the local golf club for a fun afternoon.
The WEIMA Dealer Event was a tremendous success!