The Association of Plastic Recyclers is recognizing three projects as part of a program that highlights and promotes innovations that positively impact plastics collection and recycling, the trade group said.
APR recently unveiled winners in its 2018 Plastics Recycling Showcase.
• National Recovery Technologies LLC's Max-AI technology, described by APR as "a breakthrough artificial intelligence that identifies materials, makes intelligent decisions and directs equipment such as robotic sorters. Through deep learning technology, Max-AI employs both multilayered neural networks and a vision system to see and identify objects the way a person does."
NRT is a unit of Bulk Handling Systems.
• The 89-ounce "Simply" brand package created for Coca-Cola Co. using Indorama Ventures 5507 extrudable PET.
"This now allows the package to carry the recycle code #1 symbol, communicating its compatability with the PET recycle stream. This conversion represents the first commercial application of this new grade of EBM PET designed and developed for use on shuttle extrusion blow-molding equipment." CKS Packaging Inc., which manufactures the packaging, also is being recognized through this award.
• Fimic srl is being recognized for its RAS continuous melt filter.
"RAS continuous melt filter is the best known Fimic filter in plastic recycling. With its unique scraping system acting on either a punched or laser-drilled filtering disc screen, it provides easy and cost-effective operation. Two blades made of flexible steel scrape the perforated screen and collect the contamination from the screen into the scraper's chambers. The filtration level is chosen by the customer," APR states.
"For the third year running, this program commends innovators that address technical challenges facing plastic recyclers," said John Standish, APR's technical director, in a statement. "Innovation drives the growth of recycling, and is essential to the success of the plastics recycling industry."
APR Executive Director Steve Alexander, in a statement, added: "These companies exemplify the tremendous innovation happening across the packaging and equipment platforms that support the growth of plastics recycling."