Anaheim, Calif. — Asaclean purging compound distributor Sun Plastech Inc. is underscoring the broad nature of its product suite, including the N Series line acquired from Novachem of Bridgeport, Conn., in 2015. The eight Novachem chemical grades, formerly under the InstaPurge and Supernova brands, complement the original eight Asaclean mechanical grades for purging. Sun Plastech contracts with a third party for the N Series production.
Sun Plastech President Glenn Kornfeld discussed an industrial packaging provider's success with Asaclean in purging a polyethylene blown film line.
“It was taking eight hours, is now 2.5 hours and could get to less than one hour,” Kornfeld said in an interview at the UBM Advanced Manufacturing expo in Anaheim.
Sun Plastech is “still tweaking” the solution, which may save the customer more than $100,000 per year thanks to less machine downtime and lower quantities of wasted material, Kornfeld said.
Another customer using Asaclean's rebranded UF2 grade purging compound reports saving more than $23,000 annually in replacing black PE with natural PE on an extruder with a 4.5-inch die and a barrel capacity of 50 pounds.
Production of most Asaclean grades is done for Sun Plastech at the Fowlerville, Mich., plant of Asahi Kasei North America Inc., while other compounds are shipped from Japan. Sun and Asahi NA are subsidiaries of Tokyo-based industrial conglomerate Asahi Kasei Corp.
Sun Plastech employs 11 in Parsippany, N.J., and seven others elsewhere in the U.S. Sun Plastech has distribution relationships with firms in Brazil, Argentina, Columbia and Peru as parts of its representation of the Asaclean brand in North and South America.
Sun Plastech continues to gain in profits as it has since 2000 except for the 2008-2009 recession.