As the pulp and paper industry has adopted and increasingly incorporated recycled material into the manufacturing process, the large hydrapulper tubs used to draw out the pulp are often left with plastic, metal and all sorts of debilitating trash.
For the complete, efficient and, most importantly, safe removal of that trash, Mack Manufacturing’s specially-designed Pulper Grapples are available with either wide or narrow tines to best handle the variety and composition of waste at the particular paper mill or recycling plant. This trash can differ greatly depending on the industrial or even geographical source of the recycled material.
With their four-tine orange-peel configurations, the smaller Pulper Grapples are similar in function and design to our Scrap Grapples, but built for a specific application. They are most often operated by compact overhead gantries or cranes.
Once the pulp is removed, the overhead lifting equipment drops the Pulper Grapple down into the bottom of the tank. A small yet “Mack Tough” hydraulic cylinder in the middle of the grapple opens all four tines to pick and grab the plastic, steel and other waste material left behind.
For paper mills balancing assorted material sources with tight production schedules, the hydraulic Pulper Grapple will keep the recycling process up and running without the risk to humans who otherwise would be required to physically clean out the hydrapulper tubs.