With the installation of a new Cimbria DELTA cleaning, classification and separation system and an operation-wide investment in metal detection and separation, Cambridgeshire-based plastics recycling specialists PLASgran are continuing to invest in the optimisation of their facilities.
The bespoke cleaning line, which includes electrostatic and magnetic metal detection, in addition to removal of non-target fine particles, allows the production of high quality cleaned regrinds, suitable for direct-use applications, as well as significantly improving the quality of infeed materials to the compounding lines.
The cleaning line complements additional investments in electromagnetic metal detection and separation that have been installed throughout the granulation, separation and compounding processes. The business has fitted Mesutronic detection systems at several key points through the operation, including outfeed of all three compounding lines.
The new line was installed, said managing director Mark Roberts, to improve the efficiency, throughput and quality of our compounding processes, as well as to enhance the quality of the product supplied by the company to its customers.
According to Roberts, a significant improvement in throughputs using materials that have been through this process has already been seen. “Screening and wear have reduced as a result of the cleaner inputs, ” he added.
PLASgran have recently announced a record year of growth and taken a number of steps in recent months to increase the quality, technical performance and range of their compounded products, with the opening of a new Technical Centre a year ago and the recent purchase of a Mettler Toledo DSC 3+ scanning differential calorimeter.
PLASgran recycle over 40,000 tonnes per annum of waste plastics from post-industrial and post-consumer sources. Their portfolio includes a wide range of compounded and cleaned and sorted regrind recycled materials; they also offer a range of bespoke waste management solutions to converters and other businesses to recycle and dispose of their redundant plastics.