Belgian plastics recycler Tivaco is converting clean post-industrial scrap into high-grade pellets for demanding applications. On its latest, fully automated line the company is using cutting-edge Austrian/German technology to provide recyclates of the highest possible quality at throughputs of up to 3,800 lbs/h. Cornerstones of this line are a Micromat Plus 2000 shredder from Lindner reSource and a downstream INTAREMA 1714 TVEplus recycling/extrusion line from EREMA. The shredder, which is precisely tailored to the capacity of this extruder, shreds filaments, tapes (raffia), Big Bags or nonwoven fabrics made of polyolefins (PE, PP) to the ideal size for processing in the extruder. Using this preshredding process means that Tivaco has been able to increase the throughput capacity of the INTAREMA system by up to 15% in comparison with direct processing of the unprocessed material.
The TVEplus is the most advanced unit in Erema’s family of vented extruder systems. The 1514 version is capable of 2,000 pounds per hour, and all models are designed to recycle more contaminated material than less advanced systems. According to Erema, tests of the TVEplus with heavily printed packaging film, for example, show an increase of approximately three times the efficiency at removing gases derived from ink, binding agents, other additives and incidental contaminating materials. Units can be equipped with an Erema RTF automatic backflushing screenchanger.