At NPE2015, a proven washing system in European recycling plants will be introduced to North America by Vecoplan LLC, Archdale, N.C. The HydroDyn Plastics Washing Line boasts unique technology that allows it to produce results that are 30% cleaner than conventional washing lines.
HydroDyn uses the dynamic properties of water spun in a cyclonic fashion to generate horizontal friction and clean plastic flakes suspended in the water. In addition to washing the plastic flakes, friction created by centrifugal force in the water also generated heat. Since this is a closed-loop system, integrating its own water treatment, the reused water process establishes a hot-wash system without additional power or gas usage. Combined with Vecoplan’s energy efficient drive systems, this reportedly results in a 25% operating costs savings, including energy consumption, water usage and chemicals.
This is a modular system pre-installed on platforms. These platforms are said to eliminate the need for onsite bases or other foundation work to support individual pieces of equipment. All components are pre-assembled with piping and electrical wiring included in the platform chassis, as well as built-in drainage for spill water. The modular platform units are said to fit on flatbeds or in containers for shipping and once on site are easy to lift and set in place. The design also makes it easier and economical to retrofit into existing plants or scale-up in size when systems need to be expanded.