Lindner (Hall 9, Stand B17 & B19) is presenting a range of new, efficient all-in-one plastics recycling solutions, As the company points out, the key to recycling success lies in the perfect coordination of the upstream processes of shredding, washing and sorting.
Among others, Lindner is launching its upgraded Jupiter BW series for the first time. The shredder ensures a constant volume flow and homogeneous larger particles, reduces the proportion of fines generated by 50 percent, and thus optimizes the particle size for NIR sorting. Live outdoor demonstrations will be given at the VDMA Circular Economy Forum, where Lindner will show a shredding, washing and drying unit, equipped with a Micromat HP shredder and integrated water treatment, and it will be recycling plastics live several times a day. A definite highlight is the new system solution to directly process post-consumer flakes from rigid plastics in an injection molding process. These pass through Lindner's recycling machine and — without prior extrusion — directly enter the injection molding process.
Gneuss (Hall 9, Stand A22) is showing, among others, its new OMNI recycling machines for the closed-loop recycling of PET, polystyrene and polyolefin post-consumer reclaimed materials, including a complete OMNI recycling machine featuring a new 3C rotary feeder, an MRSjump 70 extruder, a fully automatic RSFgenius 90 melt filtration system and an online viscometer VIS, for the processing of 200 kg/h (450 lbs/h) of undried and uncrystallized polyester (PET) thermoform reclaim.
The new 3C Rotary Feeder makes it possible to use low bulk density materials without any external processing steps. A conveyor belt feeds shredded reclaim material into the hopper, where a fast-rotating disc with knives cuts, compacts and pre-conditions the material. The knives add energy into the material and start the heating and degassing process before the material is automatically fed into the MRSjump extruder.
Samples of polypropylene tubs for food applications made with 30 percent post-consumer PP and PS sheet made from 30 percent post-consumer PS, processed on Gneuss OMNI Recycling Machines with MRS extruders and RSFgenius filtration systems, will be on display.
In parallel, with Gneuss' headquarters only about 200 km from the show, a complete PET sheet extrusion line with an OMNImax Recycling Machine — consisting of an MRSjump 70, Gneuss' deep vacuum system and a fully automatic filtration system RSFgenius 75 — and a sheet downstream with a 500-mm-wide extrusion die will be running in Gneuss' technical center open to visitors.
On a joint stand (Hall 9, Stand C09, and the Erema Circonomic Center) of the Erema Group — consisting of Erema, Pure Loop, Umac, 3S, Keycycle and Plasmac — seven new technological innovations, recycling systems and components will be launched, including technological innovations in the plasticizing unit that have been specially developed for high throughputs with low specific energy consumption, the new Erema 406 laser filter with a 50 percent larger screening area and new digital assistance systems that will be made available on the BluPort customer platform.
Among the apps to be premiered are the PredictOn app, which helps to anticipate and eliminate imminent malfunctions through the continuous measurement and evaluation of machine data. In addition, the company is introducing Chemarema, a new series developed for the mechanical material processing, preparing input streams and ensuring a reliable, continuous and energy-efficient flow of feed material, that is also part of the chemical recycling process. Erema Group subsidiary UMAC is launching ReadyMac, a standardized, prefabricated recycling solution that can be produced from stock, based on proven Erema TVE technology.
Finally, in the in-house recycling segment, Pure Loop and Plasmac will round off the wide range of machines offered by the group of companies with their product portfolio.
At the Circonomic Center located outside on the fairground, Erema will show plastics recycling with live demonstrations in conjunction with cooperation partners. Different waste streams will be processed for this purpose, and applications for the recyclate will be showcased at the Products made of Recyclate exhibition at the center.
In Recycling Hall 9, Stand A02, Maag, whose systems play a key role in enabling a more circular economy for plastics, will be showing solutions for mechanical recycling. The company will showcase a range of equipment, from its Ettlinger ERF and ECO series melt filters, capable of handling contamination levels of up to 16 percent, high throughputs of up to 10,000 kg/h and filtration finenesses down to 60 microns; its updated PEARLO underwater pelletizer technology; AMN die plates for underwater pelletizers; and the new extrex recycling pump with more space between the teeth and flatter angles to allow impurities up to a size of 0.6 mm to pass through, making an upstream protective filter in most cases unnecessary. The company is also debuting its new ContiNeo backflush screen changer, combining the advantages of a piston screen changer with those of large-area filtration.
Hellweg Maschinenbau, a manufacturer of advanced granulation machinery, will present extended options around the Smart Control system for its entire granulator range (Hall 11, Stand C39). Also new: a servomotor-driven (enabling optimum control) digital central lubrication unit with Bluetooth data transmission retrofittable to all central granulators together with a new edge trimming system for use in extrusion.
Hellweg has added a hardware module to the Smart Control system table that stores the power consumption data, including power peaks, of the machine it is fitted to over the long term, providing valuable data for analysis and optimizing energy use. The SECURE+ package for the control system adds safety features. As soon as it detects imminent granulator overloads on the basis of motor current and torque values, it counteracts them so that rotor blockages can virtually be avoided.
Hellweg can now also optionally equip all central granulators from the 260 series upwards with a new central lubrication unit. Using a Bluetooth interface, the unit provides the operator with all relevant data, such as battery voltage, temperature, delivered lubricant volume as well as the time since the most recent pump stroke, operating time and number of pump strokes.
The new R 200/20 Servo edge trimming system, a joint development with Breyer Extrusion, complements Hellweg's range of systems of this type, also known as guillotines or chippers. When trimming film webs, it pre-shreds one or two edge strips, which are then fed to a granulator for further processing.
Maguire (Hall 10, Stand C41) is introducing a new gravimetric feeder line that can be configured in any optimal way to accommodate various processing requirements. The new feeder models allow for up to four different size auger feeders, all located on one mounting frame, using a single common touchscreen control.
In addition, the company is introducing a Volumetric Feeder (MVF) option. These new feeder models provide ultimate flexibility for injection molding, extrusion, blow molding and extrusion control applications.
Maguire is also debuting the newest member of the company's line of Weigh Scale Blenders: the new WSB-600 series blender for midrange throughput applications at the show, which precisely dispenses up to 12 materials of widely diverse types and can be configured to dose up to six major ingredients. With a throughput range up to 2,500 lbs/hr, it is suitable for injection, extrusion, blow molding and central blending applications.
At CMG Granulators (Hall 9, Stand C10), the company is showcasing its range of size reduction and recycling equipment solutions, including granulators, shredders, integral feed conveyors and much more. All CMG granulators feature the Adaptive Motor Power (AMP) function, enabling them to autonomously establish the power level needed for the job, while optimizing regrind quality and minimizing power consumption. The return on investment for the AMP is less than 12 months.
CMG provides technologies and solutions designed for the circular economy. Its portfolio features the Evoluzione series super granulators for post-consumer recycling — a solution for the most critical operating conditions, wet or dry granulation, with a granulation capacity from 2,000 to over 5,000 kg/h; high efficiency shredders such as the TRM1500 with patented blade design; and a newly designed granulator series for in-line scrap recycling, suitable for sheet, skeletal sheet and reject parts grinding, comprising four models, suitable for small to medium capacities, to cover applications ranging from 200 through to 1,000 kg/h.
Vecoplan AG (Hall 9, Stand B41; Circular Economy Forum) is highlighting the VAZ 1700, a shredder offering a throughput capacity of 2,000 to 25,000 kg/h and a modular design that creates a host of configuration options, enabling it to tackle a wide range of materials. In addition, the company will be launching another plastics processing step, regarding which no details have yet been disclosed. Visitors to both booths will experience this and more firsthand, with live broadcasts from the Technology Center in the Westerwald and live demonstrations twice a day at the VDMA Circular Economy Forum.