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PureCycle Technologies

Consumer goods company P&G and PureCycle Technologies will open a plant that will restore used polypropylene (PP) plastic to 'virgin-like' quality with a recycling method that the consumer giants company calls “one of a kind.” The patented technology was created in P&G labs and then P&G licensed the technology to PureCycle.

Founded in 2015, PureCycle is opening the feedstock evaluation unit in Lawrence County, Oh. where they will calibrate the PP recycling process. The feedstock evaluation unit will begin operating in January 2018 and continue operations after the full-scale plant opens in 2020. While this is a P&G-developed technology, the recycled PP will be widely available for purchase across industries. According to PureCycle’s website, the proprietary process removes color, odor and other contaminants, which produces a 100% virgin-like PP material from recycled feedstock.

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Sepro America, a branch of the France’s largest robot maker, celebrated its 10th anniversary last week and showed off newly acquired space that will more than double its manufacturing area in Warrendale, Pa. The current facility occupies 16,500 ft2, 9000 ft2 of that for assembly of sprue pickers and custom cell automation.

A contiguous space, recently vacated by another tenant, will give Sepro America another 11,000 ft2, to be used for its first U.S. assembly of large robots—those intended for presses of more than 700 tons clamp force (such as the 7X model pictured). Sepro intends to begin this new activity by January 2018. Jean-Michel Renaudeau, managing director of Sepro Group in France, said his target is to assemble 30 large robots next year and 100 in 2019, or about half of the large units expected to be sold in the U.S. that year. The new assembly project will be directed by Loic Legendre, v.p. service.

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Extrusion 2017 Conference

Registration is now open for the third annual Extrusion 2017 Conference, slated for Oct. 18-20 at the Sheraton Le Meridien Charlotte Hotel, Charlotte, N.C. It’s the same venue as for last year’s event, which was a barn-burner attended by about 400 people.

You can click here to begin the registration process. Act now and save $100 off the full registration price.

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To illustrate the process of determining the most appropriate plastics joining solution for a particular application, consider the coolant manifold shown in Fig. 10 above. Assume for a moment that the part shape has yet to be finalized and that the following information is known:

● Required Material: PA66 GF30      
● Part Size: 175 mm x 175 mm x 125 mm     
● Production Volume: approximately 175,000/yr 

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‘Universal’ Stretch-Blow Molder Offers Maximum Flexibility with Fast Changeovers

If you need a PET stretch-blow machine that can mold an extremely wide range of sizes and shapes of containers in small volumes, with quick changeovers, and at an economical price, take a look at FlexBlow from Terekas UAB in Lithuania. You can see one of these machines in action at Pack Expo in Las Vegas, Sept. 25-27.

Never heard of blow molding machines from Lithuania? “Did you know that Lithuania is ranked one of the 10 best-educated countries in Europe?” asks Gytis Servinskas, market development manager. “That means we have highly qualified labor at a reasonable wage rate. That makes us price competitive.”

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