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Syntech SMC Compactors. Syntech Refuse Compactor Model SMC-12 (HDB). In 1986, Syntech started building refuse container body to be assembled to imported compactor head. In 1987, Syntech became the first company in Singapore to produce its own refuse compactor.

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Syntech Refuse Compactor

Model SMC-12 (HDB)

In 1986, Syntech started building refuse container body to be assembled to imported compactor head.

In 1987, Syntech became the first company in Singapore to produce its own refuse compactor.

In 1996, Syntech became the first company in Singapore to produce refuse compactors on a series production basis.

smc range of compactors
In December 1995 Syntech was awarded a contract by ENV to produce 300 units of compactors over a 16-month period.

Prototype unit built using standard jigs was completed in April 1996.

Full production started thereafter and delivery began in May 1996.

This redesign gave rise to our new range of compactors - the SMC range.

SMC Range of Compactors
first smc 12 prototype unit
First SMC-12 Prototype Unit
  • Picture on the right shows the first prototype unit delivered to Bedok Bin Centre for testing.
  • Test of this unit shows that it was capable of compacting up to 8.6 tonne of refuse.

By end April 1996 we started full production

and were able to produce one unit a day.


Beginning in May 1996 we started

our delivery to SEMAC, at a rate of

six units a week.


Words got around then and we started

to receive enquiries from private

refuse contractors to quote.


Beginning in end 1996

we started selling to

these refuse contractors

In the two years that

followed, we sold

forty more units.

customised design
Customised Design

Besides producing standard SMC range of refuse compactors, Syntech also customised its compactors to suit customers’ requirements.

  • Tetra Pak - automatic operation
  • SATS Catering - computer interface
  • Kaihung - infra red sensor
smc models
SMC Models

There are many options available on our SMC range of compactors. They are:

  • Capacities from 8 to 22 cubic metres
  • Hydraulic / Manual Tailgates
  • Front/Rear Lifting
  • Compactor & compactor/container
  • Hook Lift/Cable Lifting
  • Preset Automatic Operations
smc features
SMC Features

There are many features in our SMC range of refuse compactors that are not common in most of the refuse compactors currently in operation here.

They are:

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SMC Features

Operating Cycles

While most compactors are fixed with a certain number of cycles per operation, our compactor can vary this cycle from 1 -11, depending on the choice of the operator.

Currently we are the only manufacturer here with this feature.

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SMC Features

Programme Logic Controller (PLC)

Our SMC compactor is installed with a PLC to control and monitor the electrical system in the compactor as opposed to the use of analogue system by others.

Repair to electrical fault takes minutes with this system, while others take hours, sometime days, to rectify the same problem.

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SMC Features

20 Amp Power Supply

Our hydraulic and electrical system is designed to operate at 20 A current supply, in accordance to HDB requirements.

Most system in the market are operating at 32 A, which is not acceptable to HDB bin centre operation.

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SMC Features

Full Welds (Auto-weld System)

All welding done on the compactor is by full weld, giving no chance for the ingress of water into the welding seam that results in formation of rust.

In addition, all welds on the main body is done by auto-weld machine. This gives a very good quality finish to the compactor.

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SMC Features

Tailgate Trough

A tailgate trough is incorporated at the bottom of the rear door.

With the tailgate trough, even if the door seal is damaged and leaks, water would be collected at the trough and not drip onto the roads while the unit is in transportation.

smc improvements
  • Our experience with the first 300 units of our compactors delivered to SEMAC revealed several problems with our basic design after one year of operation.
  • In true fashion, we redeveloped and improved our SMC design and the latest SMC range incorporate this improvements.
  • Our SMC range of compactors is thus a proven product for Singapore operation.
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  • A total of Eleven (11) improvements were made to the SMC compactors since 1997 after the delivery of the 300 units to SEMAC.
  • The improvements made are:
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Main Hydraulic Cylinders

  • Previously we used hard chromed mild steel rod for the main hydraulic cylinders, a common practice in the trade. However prolong usage by SEMAC had shown that this is subject to corrosion.
  • Now we are supplying hard chromed stainless steel rod, the first in Singapore to use it for refuse compactors.
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Sweeper Plate

  • To minimise the amount of refuse getting behind the ram head, we had incorporated an adjustable sweeper plate on the ram head. This will prevent papers, leaves and small thin objects from slipping to the rear of the ram head.
  • In so doing, we also strengthened the structural strength of the ram head.
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Follow Plate

  • Similar to the sweeper plate, we noticed that small thin objects are getting to the rear of the ram head.
  • To overcome this problem, we install an adjustable rubber seal on the follow plate.
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Drainage Valve

We monitored the drainage system supplied by us to SEMAC as well as by others in operation and came to the conclusion that the best system would be a valve system that opens automatically when the compactor is put in operation.

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Push Button Control

  • The buttons used on our push button control system is designed for easy replacement. However this feature has a flaw. The buttons are easily stolen.
  • Our new system has a permanent buttons design that is durable.
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Bottom Guide

  • About a year after the first 300 units were put in operation, we realised that the bottom guide for the ram head needs strengthening.
  • Subsequent units were improved and strengthened and no further problems were encountered.
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Door Seal Design

  • Occasionally leaks were detected from the door seal from some of our compactors.
  • To solve this problem, we change the door seal from three separate pieces to one molded piece.
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Compactor Body Cross Beam

  • We noticed that misused of the compactor frequently damage the body cross beam, not just on ours, but most of the compactors in use by SEMAC.
  • We now provide all new compactors with additional cross beam reinforcement to minimise such damages.
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  • We were of the opinion that since the compactor is subject to rough handling, no greasing is needed on the rollers. This proved to be untrue.
  • All new units are now installed with grease nipples to ensure smooth rolling function of the rollers.
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Printed Circuit Board (PCB)

  • Several months after our first batch of compactors were put to use, we notice some failure on the microchip used on our PCB board. Though such incidents were low, we decided to replace new units with the heavy duty type.
  • No report of failure of the heavy duty microchip was received since.
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There had been some cases of meltdown of the hydraulic system due to overheating. This was due to the failure of the faulty PCB microchip. Though this problem had already been solved by the use of heavy duty type, we installed all new units with a thermostat so that there would be an automatic cut-off once a critical temperature had been reached.

syntech service

Syntech Service

Syntech Refuse Compactors

After-Sale Service

hook lift truck
Hook Lift Truck

We have our own hooklift truck to provide delivery of our compactors. This service is also used to pick up compactors from our customers for repairs.

24 hour mobile service
24-Hour Mobile Service

We have three service vans to provide site servicing and repairs, in addition to our hook lift truck.

These service vans are fully equipped with tools and spares for their intended purposes.

service personnel
Service Personnel

To ensure uninterrupted service of our compactors, our service teams are equipped with island wide walkie-talkie and able to provide:

24 Hours Service

Sundays & Public Holidays

syntech as your partner

Syntech as Your Partner

What Syntech can provide

to You as our Partner

syntech partnership

Assured Competitive Price

We assure you of very competitively priced compactors.

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Assured Timely Delivery of Compactors

  • Our track record of supplying 300 units within a period of sixteen months is proof of our capability. At our peak, we were producing one unit a day.
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Assured Quality and Proven Product

  • Besides us, there are only three other companies that can lay claim to have their products tested to HDB bin centres stringent requirements.
  • Of these four suppliers, we supplied the most at 301 units.
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24-Hour Maintenance Service

  • As your partner, we provide 24-hour maintenance service to assure you of minimum down time on all days, including Sundays and public holidays.
  • Our service teams, with 3 service vans and a hooklift truck, is able to give you the level of service expected.
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Technical Services for Customised Requirement

Should you decide to retrofit your compactors in future for other type of application, we are able to provide technical services or to retrofit them for you to suit your requirements.

syntech engineers
Syntech Engineers
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