PT ZONE: Scrap Reclaim

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These are interesting times for the recycling market—the industry has been impacted by the erratic commodities markets and low cost virgin material will test commitments to use recycled materials. More (+)
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Nordson to Supply 16 Pelletizing Systems to New PET Plant in China

Nordson’s CrystallCut system integrates underwater pelletizing, drying, water filtration and direct crystallizing at temperatures of up to 180 °C and crystallinity up to 40%.

Trials Show 'Dryer-Less' System Converts Mixed Regrind Into High-Quality Thermoformed Sheet

In production-scale trials, PETG and APET scrap bypasses landfill thanks to PTi's high-vacuum, twin-screw extrusion system.

Top Recycling Stories of 2015

As PT’s Editorial Director Jim Callari wrote earlier this year: recycling is here to stay.

RECYCLING: The Importance of Quality-Assurance Testing for Recycled Materials

Consider investing in these tools to ensure your material makes the grade.

EXTRUSION: Managing Regrind

Reusing scrap is a necessary evil. But be aware of the negative impact scrap has on properties and extrusion efficiencies. Start by developing a regrind-usage program.

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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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