How Does Your Compactor Work?
Have you ever wondered how your compactor works? A compactor consists of five basic components. The body, the ram, the cylinder, the power unit, and the electrical panel. The Stationary and Self-Contained Compactors.
The Body - The body is a steel structure that houses all of the other parts. They are within the body where the material is compiled, called the charge box. The charge box is reinforced with heavy steel to withstand the forces of compaction. The breaker bar, is made of heavy steel and is located across the front of the charge box. The purpose of the breaker bar is to break down oversized objects such as wood or pallets before they enter the container.
The Ram - The ram is a designed steel structure with a heavy face plate. The ram moves horizontally through the charge box, forcing waste into the compaction container.
The Power Unit - The power unit consists of a hydraulic oil tank, pump, electric motor, and a directional control valve. The oil, under high pressure, forces the piston in the cylinder to move forward and backward.
Electrical Panel - The electrical panel contains the transformer, motor starter, relays, fuses, and switches that operate the compactor. Most compactor panel boxes incorporate printed circuit boards or programmable controllers for added reliability.
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