Automated system saves food manufacturer £50,000 a year


A Kent-based food company is now saving between £700 and £1,200 per week through labour and disposal savings achieved from using the Strautmann LiquiDrainer which is reducing its carbon footprint, lowering manual labour hours and slashing waste disposal costs. A waste management review with Compact and Bale took place in order to reduce costs and meet the business’ target of zero waste to landfill. According to a site contact, the LiquiDrainer helps
them to move towards meeting this target. The LiquiDrainer is described as the perfect solution for companies looking for a quick and profitable method of emptying filled liquid containers as even entire packages can be emptied. High-cost manual opening of the bottles is no longer necessary as the LiquiDrainer automatically does the job for you. The machine has various feed options to accommodate different levels of throughput per hour. A fully automated system was chosen that simply allows them to tip PET bottles into the hopper via rotating forks up a conveyor and through the LiquiDrainer for processing. This allows twenty one thousand bottles to be perforated per hour.
“Previously we were filling the general waste compactor with full orange juice bottles and paying for them to be disposed of to landfill. With the LiquiDrainer we now empty the bottles quickly and efficiently and bale the plastic bottles for income with the baler we’ve got on site. The machine has saved us thousands of pounds since we installed it, and has helped massively towards our environmental targets.”

How does the device work?
The full bottles/cans are fed into the hopper whereupon a rotor perforates them and the
liquid is separately drained after being run through a coarse fi lter box.


The emptied packaging material is automatically pushed out via a discharge chute where it can then be compacted in briquetting or baling presses. The design of the LiquiDrainer allows easy cleaning which helps to reduce the time spent away from day-to-day business.
In the words of one customer: “I have already recommended Compact and Bale to another business
within the food group. We are very happy with the performance of our machines.”


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