CHICAGO (July 14, 10:30 a.m. EDT) — Weima America Inc. introduced a granulator it claims can boost granulator output dramatically while lowering energy consumption.
The company said its Centricut model, which it introducing to the North American market at NPE 2003 in Chicago, uses a new design to feed material into the center of the cutting chamber. Weima claims that the design offers up to five times the output of traditional granulators, and that it uses one-third the energy.
The cutting chamber has three rotating blades and four fixed blades, and the design uses centrifugal force and has a larger-than-normal screen area of 270 degrees. The machine has a 25-horsepower motor but works like Weima's traditional, 75-horsepower equipment, said Gunter Schippers, sales manager of the company's plastics and recycling division.
Weima has been selling the machine in Europe for two years.
Based in Fort Mill, S.C., Weima America is a unit of Ilsfeld, Germany-based Weima GmbH. The equipment is manufactured by Nuga AG of Balgach, Switzerland. Nuga also developed the machine, but Schippers said it does not have a large distribution system.