Advanced Blending Technologies Inc., a software and technology company that helps processors use commodity and recycled plastics in place of specialty grades, has expanded its services to include rotational molders. The Perrysburg, Ohio-based company also plans to add personnel later this year.
Blow molding veteran Chris Ernst and two partners launched Advanced Blending Technologies in late 2002. Ernst had worked in manufacturing and engineering with Hancor Inc. in nearby Findlay, Ohio, for 28 years, but saw ``a great opportunity'' in ABT, he said in a recent telephone interview.
ABT uses its proprietary Optimiser-brand software to help processors save 10-35 percent on their material costs.
Focused solely on polyethylene, ABT helps customers create specialty grades out of widely available commodity grades, and to use recycled-content PE without giving up properties or output, Ernst said.
``The way we look at it, all recycling material started out as prime,'' he added. ``It's just a matter of us finding out what kind of prime it was.''
Typically, the company can devise formulations allowing clients to use 50 percent recycled content. In some cases, that percentage can climb as high as 75 percent.
To date, most of ABT's customer base has come from the blow molding market. The firm began tailoring its software for rotomolding applications in late 2003.
Ernst said the technology is applicable to all processing methods. ABT also is exploring the possibility of applying it to other resins.
After an initial consultation, ABT helps clients install Optimiser. ABT then receives a licensing fee for each pound of material produced using its software and blending technology.
ABT also can assist in material selection and machinery setup.
Ernst said ABT will add to its three-person staff in 2004, but he has not decided how many positions will be created.