Epax Systems, Panorama City, California, has introduced the Ropax Mobile Compactors, which are ideal for use at facilities with multiple dumpsters in a single location or spread across multiple locations on a property. The compactor employs a rolling drum with sharp metal teeth to crush, macerate, tear, rip and compress waste in large open top containers and dumpsters.
According to the company, the Ropax Mobile’s high compaction rate allows for significant improvement in utilization with rates as high as 80 percent. This improvement means containers need to be replaced or emptied less frequently, resulting in less downtime, improved worker productivity and reduced waste hauling and disposal charges.
In operation, a worker can drive the compactor up to the end of an open top container and deploy a two-ton rolling drum mounted on an articulating boom, which moves from one end of the container and back, crushing contents as it goes. The Ropax Mobile is designed to be extremely maneuverable and is narrower than the containers it services, allowing it to operate in congested or confined spaces.
For operator comfort and safety, the cab is fully enclosed with available climate control. Forward and reverse travel is controlled by a joystick and steering is via conventional steering wheel. An ergonomically designed instrument panel puts all compaction controls, including an emergency e-stop, within easy reach.
An optional container transport hook can be mounted to the front of the unit to allow the Ropax Mobile to be used for repositioning containers or transporting them to and from staging areas, eliminating the need for an additional truck.
The compactor can be used for a variety of items, including cardboard and other packaging, wood pallets and crates, cable reels, paper, film and foil, green waste, encapsulated polystyrene, household goods, light metals and other bulky items.