PT ZONE: Scrap Reclaim

RECYCLING: Screw-Fed Granulator
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Recycling News at K 2013

New developments combine recycling and compounding in one step. Plenty of news at K in size reduction and de-labeling.

From whence it came—group promotes plastics-to-oil tech

Can plastics-to-oil technology supply an answer to plastics lingering end-of-life issues?

Auxiliaries at K 2013: More Efficient, Flexible & User-Friendly

It’s hard to generalize about auxiliary equipment, but a few trends stood out at K, including: greater energy efficiency, ease of maintenance and cleaning, controls that provide more real-time and historical process information and greater ease of use.

SPI and ACC partner on rigid plastics packaging, thermoforming

Can polyethylene terephthalate (PET) thermoforms enjoy the same recycling rates as their bottle brethren? Increasing thermoformed packaging reclaim, and that of other rigid plastics, will likely just be one goal of a new collaboration between SPI and ACC.

Reclaim System Pays Off for Foam Film Processor

A recent move to reclaim in-house production scrap paid off in six months for one processor of foamed film.

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Scrap Reclaim


Processors of all types try to avoid generating scrap, but when it is made it generally is re-used by putting it back into the process. Production (or post-industrial) scrap includes off-spec parts, sprues, edge trim from film and sheet, and the like. It is usually reduced in size by devices such as granulators, shredders and pulverizers, and re-fed into the processing machine.

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