ADG Solutions, a consulting firm in Fairfield, Conn., that extrusion machinery veteran Sandy Guthrie started in 2004, is moving into the equipment arena offering extruders, screen changers, washing equipment and size-reduction systems.
All the equipment lines handle plastics recycling, including difficult-to-reprocess scrap such as foamed polystyrene, dirty material and plastic that is heavily contaminated with fibers, paper and other material.
It's an accelerated effort to continue to supply reclaim solutions to the green movement, Guthrie said. The mission of ADG Solutions is to provide equipment systems that can transform plastics scrap into high-value raw material, regardless of the original condition of the scrap or the difficulty of handling it.
Guthrie's plastics equipment career began in 1978, when he took a sales position at Sterling Extruder Corp., which had been founded by his father. He became sales director at Sterling, then joined Davis Electric Co. as president. In 1991, Guthrie founded Merritt Extruder Corp.
Davis-Standard bought Merritt in 2005. Guthrie stayed on as business director for the Merritt line until December 2010.
The equipment ranges in throughput from 500 pounds to more than 10,000 pounds an hour. Depending on the equipment line, ADG Solutions serves as the distributor, importer or manufacturer.
The initial offerings are:
* Reclaim extrusion systems. Davis-Standard LLC has appointed ADG Solutions as the exclusive North American distributor of its reclaim and compounding equipment. That includes systems for low- and high-bulk density scrap, lightweight materials, loose film, fibers and scram that is foamed, printed or rolled.
* Screen changers for contaminated scrap. Italy's Fimic Officine Meccaniche SAS of Carmignano di Brenta named ADG Solutions its exclusve North American importer of self-cleaning screen changers for reprocessing heavily contaminated scrap.
* Washers for very dirty hard and flexible scrap. ADG now represents washing equipment developed by Tecnofer Ecoimpianti srl of Ceneselli, Italy. Guthrie is looking beyond plastics lumber, and instead is aiming Tecnofer machinery at applications like recycling irrigation tubing, agricultural film and shopping bags.
* Size-reduction machines for polystyrene foam. Guthrie designed these small machines for fabricators, warehouses or even schools. Depending on the size, the portable machines can handle 70-1,000 pounds an hour. They're actually very compact little machines. They're melters, not pelletizers, so it comes out as a rope or a block, he said.