Canadian Plastics

Recycling systems reduce waste

Driven by the necessities of both reducing waste and meeting increasingly stringent regulations, innovation in recycling equipment and processes is an on-going theme in the plastics industry.Erema Nor...

August 1, 2001   Canadian Plastics



Driven by the necessities of both reducing waste and meeting increasingly stringent regulations, innovation in recycling equipment and processes is an on-going theme in the plastics industry.

Erema North America is introducing a new live edge trim system for film manufacturers. The new system, which includes Erema’s production-proven Continuous Agglomerator, allows efficient automatic densification of edge trim, which in turn can be easily gravimetrically weighed and controlled.

During processing, live edge trim is blown to the receiver, which takes in both the transport air and trim and separates it. The trim is then dropped into the densifier drum, which cuts, warms and densifies the material. The discharge extruder constantly removes the material from the drum and produces agglomerate at the end of the screw and barrel. The system automatically speeds up, slows down or stops in response to the volume of the trim.

Tim Hanrahan, Erema North America vice-president of sales says: “The new system provides an efficient, easily installed solution to the nagging problem of transporting, storing and refeeding fluff that most blown film producers face.” Hanrahan notes that that the Erema system produces ready-to-use, high bulk density material continuously without water quenching or incurring the costly power peaks associated with conventional densifier systems.

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Advanced Recycling Systems (ARTEC) was formed in 1998 by four recycling experts in Austria. ARTEC offers turnkey, flexible systems for both repelletizing and agglomeration in capacities ranging from 200 kg/hr up to 1200 kg/hr. Washing, sorting and drying systems are available through GTC Ecoplants, ARTEC’s partner. ARTEC recently acquired its first sales agent in Canada, Herb Singer of Manufab Sales in Mississauga, ON.

For PET recycling, the layout of recycling systems by Kreyenborg Industries is optimized to prevent unnecessary reduction of the IV value and to minimize color changes during the extrusion process. The company’s PET recycling systems are compact and energy efficient. An infrared dryer achieves crystallization and drying in one step.

Kreyenborg Industries 770-849-0220

Erema North America 978-356-3771

ARTEC (Manufab Sales) 905-820-5791

Circel Reader Service No. 117


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