Cambridgeshire based plastics recycling specialists PLASgran are continuing to invest, announcing the installation of a new Cimbria DELTA cleaning, classification and separation system and an operation-wide investment in metal detection and separation.
The bespoke cleaning line, supplied and installed by Allcontrols Ltd, 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.
Managing Director Mark Roberts said, “The purpose of this investment is twofold, firstly to improve the quality of the product we supply to our regrind customers, removing dirt, grit and all metal contaminants, as well as allowing better control over the particle size, and secondly to improve the efficiency, throughput and quality of our compounding processes. We have already seen a significant improvement in throughputs using materials that have been through this process, and screening and wear have reduced as a result of the cleaner inputs.”
The cleaning line compliments additional investments in electromagnetic metal detection and separation that have been installed throughout the granulation, separation and compounding processes. The business has fitted Mesutronic and Goudsmit metal detection systems at several key points through the operation, including outfeed of all three compounding lines.
“We are constantly looking for ways to improve the quality and consistency of our recycled materials and the addition of these final stage detectors ensures we have the best available technology in place to ensure this is the case,” said Roberts.
PLASgran have recently announced a record year of growth (http://www.plasgranltd.co.uk/plasgran-posts-record-growth-expands-post-consumer-processing/) 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 (http://www.plasgranltd.co.uk/plasgrans-new-lab/) and recent purchase of a Mettler Toledo DSC 3+ (http://www.plasgranltd.co.uk/further-investment-enhances-plasgrans-technical-capabilities/)