The PRI Group, located in Bensenville, IL, is a full service recycling company primarily handling paper and plastics. In its 110,000 square foot facility, the company collects, sorts, bales and ships recycled material throughout the United States, Mexico and internationally, helping companies manage their waste in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. Since its establishment in 2008, The PRI Group has operated three shifts, 24 hours a day, six days a week to handle their heavy workload. Material is constantly on the move in The PRI Group facility, with incoming material being taken to processing stations and baled material being loaded for outbound shipment by truck, ocean container and rail.
The recycling process generates a great deal of dust and debris, both on the floor and in the air. Baling wire and strapping material often fall within the aisles and the fine paper dust works its way into every piece of machinery. The company’s previous forklift fleet often suffered drivetrain failure when debris on the floor became entangled under the forklift. Hydraulic failures, caused when paper dust infiltrated the forklift’s hydraulic system, became commonplace while trucks struggled with overheating when the radiator became coated with debris. The PRI Group routinely performed planned maintenance with every 500 hours of use, but skyrocketing maintenance costs and unexpected downtime were becoming a consistent headache, especially with the facility consistently running at full capacity.