Plastics Technology

NOV 2018

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TURNKEY SYSTEMS LAUNCH Perhaps the biggest news at the event was the first announcement in North America of a new global business unit for Erema, focused on supplying entire plastics recycling plants from a single source. Michal Prochazka is head of the new Keycycle venture, which was launched a few months ago in Austria. He said this new systems integration ser- vice leverages Erema's plant-engineering expertise to plan all phases of the process from debaling to sorting, washing and pelletizing. The service starts at the initial project phase with pre-invest- ment support, feasibility studies, and cost analysis. This includes process definition, anticipated throughput volumes, quality targets, final product, and storage. This is followed by complete engineering and integration services. Keycycle provides overall management responsibility and interfacing between Erema and over a dozen supplier partners for shredding, sorting, washing and compounding. The next step is plant layout and logistics, followed by detailed engineering, including all utilities like electric power, compressed air, and water treatment. Then Keycycle integrates the actual building of the plant, including the civil engineering side. NEW TECH FOR PET RECYCLING Under the heading of "What's new in PET recycling," Christoph Wöss, business development manager for bottle applications of Erema Group GmbH in Austria, reviewed several recent and brand-new developments and previewed one major product announcement that will go public this month. He noted that the first installation of a system for converting PET bottle flake to new food-grade preforms in a single step took place this past summer in Japan. Suntory, the maker of a well-known whiskey, is the first commercial user of the Xtreme Renew system, which debuted in 2016. It uses Erema's Vacurema system that decontaminates, degasses, dries and crystallizes PET flake before discharging it into a short-barreled extruder. That extruder then feeds the Xtreme preform injection-compression system from Italy's SIPA. According to Wöss, the system at Suntory can produce up to 60,000 preforms/hr while saving more than Nine speakers, two live demonstrations of PE film and flake recycling, and unveiling of several major new technical and business developments highlighted Discovery Day 2018 at the headquarters and technical center of Erema North America Inc. in Ipswich, Mass. ( The September event was attended by around 130 guests, including recyclers, material suppliers, brand owners, and other users of recycled materials. "Our goal is to take advantage of the growing awareness of the necessity of plastics recycling and drive forward networking within the industry," says Martin Baumann, Erema's v.p. of sales. The tech center houses four full Erema reclaim systems and a large shredder from Vecoplan LLC, Archdale, N.C. ( Live demonstrations included processing HDPE bottle flake to pellets using an Interema RegrindPro size-reduction unit and Intarema TVEplus extruder, ReFresher odor-removal system, and LaserFilter melt filter. The system was switched over to run dirty PE film contaminated with large pieces of aluminum foil, which were removed continuously by the LaserFilter. By Matthew H. Naitove Executive Editor Erema North America's Discovery Day in September featured live demonstrations of recycling PE film (foreground) and bottle flake. New Recycling Technology Debuts At Erema Open House Several new developments for PET recycling, as well as a new turnkey recycling systems program, made headlines at Erema's recent customer demonstration day. 16 NOVEMBER 2018 Plastics Technology R E C YC L I N G Close -Up On Technolog y

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