It's one big granulator!
Employees at Hosokawa Polymer Systems in Berlin, Conn., assembled a giant granulator — Hosokawa claims it is the world's largest — for a major European producer of biaxially oriented film. The customer, which Hosokawa would not identify, is grinding 33-foot-wide film rolls on the big Rotoplex-brand machine.
Weighing 27 tons, the machine features a chamber that measures 36 by 114 inches, a 36-inch cutting circle, and a 600 horsepower drive. It uses seven rows of stator knives and 10 rotor knives.
The behemoth can handle 15,400 pounds of film an hour, at about 1,640 feet per minute.
“We believe this to be the biggest granulator ever commissioned in the world for a plastics recycling application,” said Jack Bowne, vice president of sales and marketing.
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