Scrap processing in plastics manufacturing creates efficiency and sustainability. A better size reduction system creates high quality regrind for smoother conveying, feeding, injection molding, and downstream extrusion processes.
But too many plastics manufacturers treat size reduction as a necessary evil managed in piecemeal, slapdash fashion — even when the rest of their line contains well-conceived systems.
The truth is, a size reduction system custom-built for your facility and application does more than pick up the scrap. It makes your entire process more efficient. Get more cycles out of your material. Perform more cycles with less maintenance. Give your regrind process expert attention. Learn what it’s like to work with Conair.
Size Reduction with Conair
A better regrind process benefits the entire line
It’s about more than finding something to do with your scrap or recycling for recycling’s sake. Overhauling your regrind processing can spur major efficiency gains that supercharge your entire production line.
With a sustainable focus and the right size reduction system, you can utilize bad parts, post-consumer waste and even purgings as high-quality regrind.
Learn how a conveyor belting manufacturer discovered huge value in a new system after partnering with Conair.
A new partner means more than new equipment
Most of the problems that plastics processors confront have little to do with bad shredders or granulators. Instead, they revolved around the way their size reduction process and systems are designed.
At Conair, we believe people, not machines, solve problems. Our experts frequently resolve common challenges without specifying any new equipment at all. Sometimes, all it takes is a different approach to size reduction system design.
Facility fit is crucial
The most important quality of size reduction equipment is that it be designed and built to do what you need it to do. Defining the right specs and features requires a deep understanding of your facility. To determine everything you’ll need, your supplier will need to know:
- Your processes (extrusion, blow molding, etc.)
- The polymers being processed (some polymers demand specific blade specs)
- Mode of feed (conveyer, hand fed, etc.)
- A general description of what you’re grinding down
- Dimensions of the material that needs processing
- Desired throughput
- Desired pellet size (this determines the size of your screen)
A supplier may be able to provide serviceable equipment without knowing your process, but you risk paying for features you don’t need or using equipment that isn’t best-fit for your specific application.
You may just need maintenance
You’d be surprised how often plastics processors line up for new regrind equipment they don’t need. Sometimes, proper maintenance of existing equipment is all it takes. If you haven’t changed or sharpened your knives in a while, they may be dull. If you’re getting inconsistent regrind and haven’t inspected your screens, there’s a chance they’re misaligned, or that some of the gaps have elongated.
Enhanced maintenance comes at a cost and time investment, but our granulators come with pre-adjustable knives and are designed with ease of maintenance in mind.
Learn more about our equipment below. If you have any questions about how it would fit for your application, we’d love to talk shop and specs.