As manufacturing has became more intensely competitive, plastics processors are looking at auxiliary equipment that can reduce energy consumption, make better use of raw materials, reclaim scrap and improve process yield. Today, these initiatives take on new significance as “sustainability” becomes the watchword for consumers and manufacturers alike.
Not all auxiliaries are power hungry. Feeders and blenders, for instance, use very little power, so saving energy does not become a critical issue. Other equipment, however, provides ample opportunity for processors to reduce costs even while increasing productivity.