As manufacturers worldwide reanalyze the standard operating procedures within woodworking operations, many are having to rethink workflows due to safety concerns and social distancing needs. Others are reevaluating budgets for additional return on investment opportunities to sustain the company through the economic tumult of 2020. Whatever the struggle, a horizontal shredder can help.
WEIMA wood shredders, when properly placed, can save floor space within a plant, and can also create a source of revenue where there may not have been one previously. Adding environmentally-sound technology to a woodworking business can be both financially beneficial and environmental when the machinery is sized and placed properly. WEIMA’s line of horizontal shredders can benefit wood shops in 2020 and beyond.
Safety and space concerns
Manufacturers worldwide are reconsidering the physical space within their operations. This is partially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced operations to think critically about the workflow on the production floor and the proximity between stations, employees, machinery, and scrap piles. Companies must now take foot traffic into account and consider every step (literally) of the manufacturing process to ensure safety—and distance—among workers and their respective workstations.
The ROI of environmental machinery
The pandemic has also made wood shops reanalyze cash flow for increased, long-term return on investment opportunities. For companies that are paying per dumpster to dispose of bulky wood scrap, eliminating a few of those dumpsters each month keeps money in the coffer and keeps the shop floor free of piles of wood waste.
A properly placed wood shredder can make woodworking operations more profitable in other ways as well. A WEIMA shredder provides woodworking operations with the opportunity to use its workforce for production, rather than for the transportation of wood scrap around the plant. Shredding that scrap where it is generated allows employees to use their time in a way that is more productive.
Once the wood is shredded, it can be discharged from the workstation via belt conveyor, screw auger, or a pneumatic discharge system, making this process virtually hands-off.
The newest additions to WEIMA’s size reduction machinery line
WEIMA has long been excited about introducing the newest addition to the horizontal shredding line—the Horizontal Beaver 600—to the wood industry. This machine is very similar to the tried and true Horizontal Beaver 300 with one exception– this model comes with a wider rotor width of 600mm instead of 300mm.
The increased rotor width enables companies to shred wider and/or larger boards at lower capacities without pre-cutting each piece prior to shredding. This type of shredding machine is ideal for companies with lower scrap volume and an increased need for space savings. This type of shredding technology is also an environmental investment, as it allows companies to reintegrate or dispose of the shredded wood scrap more responsibly and efficiently.
WEIMA is also celebrating the return of a longtime favorite to the shredding line– the Beaver 400. This hand-fed machine has been a part of WEIMA’s line of size reduction equipment for years. Woodshops nationwide are opting for small, efficient shredders to be strategically placed near machines that generate wood scrap within their operations. They choose this option instead of installing a central shredding system that requires scrap to be carted around a production plant prior to disposal. For this reason, the Beaver 400 is regaining its popularity due to its robust shredding capabilities and smaller footprint.