CHARLOTTE, N.C. - An Austrian machinery maker has developed a pre-extrusion separation attachment it claims obviates the need to wash or clean mixed plastic waste before the extrusion phase of recycling. Maplan GmbH of Vienna, Austria, touts its ``Series Gail'' separation head as being capable of automatically separating metallic and nonmetallic materials from mixed waste, in a continuous cleaning process that produces high-quality pellets from dirty waste.
Chris Hawn, marketing representative for Tex America Inc., the Charlotte-based North American distributor of Maplan equipment, said the head operates by forcing molten plastic through microscopic holes in a special tool steel tube, which allows nonmolten impurities to collect inside, and to be eliminated by a variable-speed discharge screw.
Hawn said the system can produce clean pellets from waste streams contaminated up to 15 percent with metal and other residues.
Maplan, a subsidiary of Vienna-based Stralinger GmbH, will manufacture the heads at its plant in Schwerin, Germany, for sale in North America.
Tel. (704) 552-5404 or fax (704) 552-5854.
MANCHESTER, MICH. - Johnson is helping Jim stay on the Beam with plastic bottles.
Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc.'s plastics technology group, of Manchester, is supplying 750-milliliter, and 1.75-liter PET bottles for Jim Beam Brands Inc., maker of Jim Beam sour mash bourbon whiskey.
The bottles, which have the characteristic Beam ``keystone'' necks, echo the whiskey maker's glass containers' design for the 1.75-liter size, and also for the 750-milliliter flat ``traveler'' size. JCI also will provide PET bottles for six other Beam Brands liquors.
The bottles will be blown at JCI's Nicholasville, Ky., plant and provided to Beam's Frankfort, Ky., bottling facility.
Tel. (313) 428-9741.
MEZE, FRANCE - A partnership of government and private industries has established a research center to address plastic recycling issues raised by the imposition of ``green'' laws by the European Union.
The Center for Research into the Recycling of Plastic Waste opened in April and has extensive development, research and technical capabilities, according to Alicia Ronan, of the French Technology Press Office in Chicago.
The center, located in Meze, has a full recycling line, as well as research and development laboratories, offers processors technical analysis, and development services focused at creating new outlets for second-generation plastics.
While the center is aimed at serving European reprocessors, North American companies with European branches or operations also can use its services by contacting the French Technology Press Office.
Tel. (312) 222-1235 or fax (312) 222-1237.
INDIANAPOLIS - The state of Indiana is offering loans without interest to recycling companies within the state.
In an announcement of loan policies' changes, Lt. Gov. Frank O'Bannon said the zero-interest funds would save thousands of dollars for reprocessors in critical times of start-up or expansion. The state's Recycling Promotion Assistance Fund provides loans of up to $500,000 to state recycling firms, and has made loans totaling more than $6 million since 1990.
Tel. (317) 232-8872.