Scrap, Trim & Waste Removal/Extraction Systems

How can a waste removal system actively aid production and protect your staff and business? Discover waste and edge trim extraction systems from Integrated Air Systems Ltd.

Benefits of Scrap Removal Systems

Efficient, well designed scrap and waste removal systems are an essential part of high output production lines.  Instant removal of scrap from the working environment can improve the workspace, reduce health and safety and fire risks, keep your people safe from injury and protect your business’ reputation from harm. And that’s not all. Installing a single workplace trim extraction system can also:

  • Increase efficiency by maintaining continuous production
  • Improve profitability through easy recycling, continuous production and reduced cleaning and maintenance requirements
  • Create one centralised waste collection area, and one easily managed waste system
  • Reduce the cost of multiple pieces of extraction equipment (and their maintenance costs)
  • Protect against the risks caused by build-up of waste materials on the factory floor
  • Ensure consistently safe and clean air for your workforce

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How Do Scrap Removal Systems Work?

A typical waste removal system uses extraction points strategically positioned near key waste generating areas of your production process. Each extraction point is connected to a main header system that leads back to waste handling fans which creates the correct volume, pressure and conveying velocity within the system to keep the trim waste moving, and which enables the waste removal system to rapidly remove the material at source. The fans are usually fitted with cutting blades to assist with the breakdown of larger pieces of waste such as corrugated trimmings from a die cutter or aluminium scrap from the beverage can process.


The scrap that is conveyed through the ducting system continues on from the fan into an air separator which removes the waste material (such as corrugated and paper trim) from the conveying air stream, ready to be recycled or removed.

The removal point (usually a baler or compactor) is strategically positioned within the facility, ensuring waste is captured, removed and transported as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Additionally, a dust filter can be installed for the exhaust air to remove dust from the airstream. This air can then be returned back into the process area to save energy.

What are the Applications of Scrap and Trim Removal Systems?

Our waste removal systems are being used across a wide range of industries and applications including:

Corrugated Trim Extraction

Edge trim removal can be particularly challenging when dealing with corrugated materials. Corrugated board is often thick and heavy, and as the trim is removed it can create endless, unmanageable strips. On a fast moving production line, it’s vital that your extraction system can not only handle the collection and removal of the scrap waste, but chop and bale the corrugated trim, so conveying and compacting is easier.

Carton Board Packaging Excess

Carton board offcuts can present a weight challenge for some air systems. But with heavy duty ductwork, a high speed air stream and chopper fans to reduce the size of individual pieces of carton waste, our automated carton board packaging removal systems will keep your production area waste-free.

The reclaimed carton waste is then compacted and baled, ready for recycling or removal.

Newspaper and Magazine Printing

Collection and removal of print waste is an essential part of maintaining newspaper and magazine print production. Efficient waste removal systems enable presses to run faster. They reduce downtime by reducing jams and they minimise time lost in re-adjusting the print register.

Our systems automatically reclaim large volumes of waste from machines across the print floor, collecting and conveying it for compacting, baling and recycling.

Printer Trim

It’s easy to overlook how important the collection and removal of printer trim can be to achieving tight production deadlines. As materials are conveyed through any print system they become electrostatically charged, making them more likely to collect waste as they go. That increases the likelihood of jams and production downtime.

So trim extraction air systems are far more than a way of maintaining a clean workplace environment – they’ve vital to streamlined production.

Toilet Rolls and Paper Towel Products

All paper production creates a degree of dust, but that’s particularly the case with kitchen and toilet tissue. Dust and airborne fibres can increase the risk of fire, so it’s vital that your waste extraction system removes particulates from the air as well as larger waste materials.

Our air systems are built around your specific production requirements, so we can tailor waste handling, removal, conveying and compacting to your processes.

General Paper Edge Trim Extraction and Removal

Automated paper waste removal and collection can have a major impact on safety and production efficiency. Without its removal, paper waste can be a fire hazard or increase risks to health and safety. And it can clog presses, folders and guillotines, reducing efficiency as it increases operating costs.

Our air systems automatically handle the collection, conveying and compacting of trim, removing waste and risk from the printing floor and helping to protect your production efficiency.

Aluminium Beverage/Drink Can Waste Extraction

Your production facility has multiple points where aluminium waste can be created: from presses to trimmers to reject points. Integrated Air Systems produces whole-floor waste extraction air systems to enable the automatic removal of drinks can waste. Heavy duty ductwork ensures the system remains robust, and we can add choppers and separators to make sorting, compacting and recycling materials easier and more cost effective.

Food Packaging and Other Foil or Film products

Automatically remove foil, film and other waste from your food production and you boost productivity and efficiency while reducing the need for manual interventions.

Our air systems achieve that with powerful waste trim collection hoods which maximise extraction, maximise waste collection and maximise the amount of waste that is compacted and sent for recycling.

Talk to us about creating waste extraction systems tailored to your production.

Carpet and Textile Waste

Waste carpet, fabric and flooring trim left in the production area can cause fire and health and safety hazards, and compromise production efficiency. But their automatic removal, conveying and collection can result in a valuable recyclable resource.

Integrated Air Systems’ waste removal equipment provides a complete solution to textile waste issues. From high velocity air streams, to ducting, shredders and separators, we’ll help protect your production efficiency, and reclaim more of your scrap material.

Waste Extraction Systems for Every Industry

We have installed edge & scrap removal systems and other integrated air products for companies such as Crown Packaging, Roeslein & Associates, Rexam, Ball Packaging, Smurfit Kappa, Tata Global Beverages, DS Smith Packaging and more.

To discuss your particular business needs please contact us.

Integrated Air Systems and Your Scrap and Trim Extraction

The Integrated Air Systems team has over 80 years’ collective experience designing, manufacturing, installing and maintaining waste removal systems, providing a “one stop shop” service for your entire edge trim extraction system project, taking you all the way from initial enquiry to installation and commissioning.

To discuss your particular business needs please contact us. We are always happy to answer any queries you may have.

Integrated Air Systems Ltd
Brooke House
Lower Meadow Road
Handforth, Wilmslow
Phone: +44 (0) 161 488 4992