Bühler and ITW work together on PET optical sortation

Anthony Clark
PRW

Published: October 30, 2013 2:15 pm ET
Updated: October 30, 2013 2:19 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Sustainability, Recycling, K 2013, Business News & Features

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY -- Bühler Holding AG, headquartered in Braunschweig, Germany, is promoting its work with ITW Poly Recycling GmbH, a partnership that set out to develop a bespoke integrated optical sorting station based on its Sortex technology.

ITW's facility in Weinfelden, Switzerland, specializes in PET processing, supplying food grade and non-food grade recycled PET products to clients in Switzerland and across Europe. The company was looking to improve both the efficiency of its operation and the quality of its end product.

Alex Prömer, Bühler's business development manager, said: "ITW Poly Recycling recognized the importance of improving efficiency and further increasing the quality of PET flake sort and the potential benefits of materials sorting capabilities – particularly in overcoming the issue of PVC contamination from labels in the case of PET bottles."

ITW's PET recycled output contained up to 20 percent of out of specification material within the processed product. The company's aim was to increase the quality the processing line by reducing this figure to almost zero.

The partnership, which proved highly successful, is part of drive by Bühler to promote itself as an "all from one supplier" operation, according to Faisal Baig, the company's global product manager for optical sorting.

"We can supply customers with everything they need – there's no longer any need to a worry about integration issues. If you take one of our systems everything marries up and customers also have a single point of call."

"Our aim is to make Sortex to optical sorting what Hoover is to vacuum cleaners. And we're getting there," Baig claimed.


Comments

Bühler and ITW work together on PET optical sortation

Anthony Clark
PRW

Published: October 30, 2013 2:15 pm ET
Updated: October 30, 2013 2:19 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Dunkin' Donuts looking at PP to replace foam cups

September 19, 2014 3:22 pm ET

Dunkin' Donuts is testing a new polypropylene coffee cup that the company believes could help boost recycling.    More

Image

Study: 75 percent of Australia's ocean debris is plastic

September 18, 2014 7:48 pm ET

About 75 percent of the trash found in the waters off Australia's beaches is plastic, with most of that coming from local sources rather than sea-...    More

Image

P&G removing PE microbeads from its Crest brand toothpaste

September 18, 2014 1:57 pm ET

After months of prodding, Procter & Gamble Co., the makers of Crest brand toothpastes, say polyethlene microbeads will be completely removed from its ...    More

Image

PET to PET boosts recycling capacity

September 18, 2014 11:14 am ET

PET to PET Recycling Austria GmbH, a bottle-to-bottle PET recycling operation backed by Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling and several beverage...    More

Image

Minnesota receives grant to help develop new bioplastics

September 17, 2014 4:08 pm ET

The University of Minnesota has received a $20 million grant to fund the development of new types of bioplastics.    More

Market Reports

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook – North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events