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a large packing measure for textile raw materials such as cotton, wool, and rags, in the shape of a four-sided prism or (less often) a cylinder. The material to be baled is compressed in mechanical and hydraulic presses to reduce the cost of transportation and to protect against dust and moisture. A bale of cotton 0.3–0.59 eu m in size weighs 120–220 kg. The bale is sheathed in packaging fabric and held together with wire hoops.

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(industrial engineering)
A large package of material, pressed tightly together, tied with rope, wire, or hoops and usually covered with wrapping.
The amount of material in a bale; sometimes used as a unit of measure, as 500 pounds (227 kilograms) of cotton in the United States.
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1. US 500 pounds of cotton
2. a group of turtles
3. Austral and NZ See wool bale
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Recyclers should give special care to the material type and size to be baled when specifying their balers.
For multiple materials recyclers, it should be noted that some new balers are equipped with computers that will allow the operator to change materials to be baled on the fly, quickly changing to the baler set-up most suited for that particular material.
Manufacturers are also seeing a boom in the types of materials being baled, including plastic, wet pulp and carpet padding.
Jagou notes that many recyclers have agreed to handle the baled film, even though the market is not as established as for OCC.
The end result is a sizable contingent of balers on the job at grocery stores, big box retailers and other store locations throughout North America, generating a steady stream of baled OCC and helping provide a reliable supply of recovered fiber for paper mills throughout the world.
The design of the system, operator training, the type of wire used and the material being baled are all factors in the wire-tying equation.
"At most of these facilities, you have people sorting grades and putting materials into bunkers to be baled, as well as material being mechanically sorted for eventual baling," says Sierra's Harris.
Increasingly, baler manufacturers are offering production-reporting systems that track how much material is being baled and other key statistics.