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POLYSTAR’s Repro-Flex was designed for reprocessing polyethylene (HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE) and PP polypropylene flexible packaging material, printed and non-printed.
As the exclusive distributor for POLYSTAR equipment, Applied Machinery can offer a compete film recycling line designed to produce pellets that are ready to insert back into the start of the manufacturing process, while at the same time dramatically cut on film waste that was previously destined for landfill.
POLYSTAR has worked with plastics producers across the globe and is used in more than 102 countries worldwide. The cutter integrated pelletising system eliminates the need for pre-cutting materials, taking up minimal space, while producing plastic pellets at a productive rate. The machine aims to have an output that is 20 per cent higher when compared to traditional feeding methods, with 10 per cent less power consumption. By being able to reprocess plastic materials themselves, producers can reduce their own production costs.
The extruder specialises in post-industrial waste, with blown and cast film producers (HDPE, PP shrink, stretch film), raffia and woven (PP woven bags, non-woven, jumbo bags) and rigid regrind (bottles, pipes, containers) just a few materials that can be reprocessed. A filtration system aims to reduce machine downtime.
The machine offers multiple degassing and filter options, including triple degassing to remove ink and extra humidity from the material, a dosing device for colour masterbatches and compounds added during the process, filter re-positioning prior to degassing for higher quality pellets and an unvented extruder to ensure minimal change in material property and a higher output.
POLYSTAR’S recycling line also offers a range of other solutions, including the two-stage HNT-VS for heavy printed material, the air-cooled RP120 for PE in-house waste and the TR-B for pre-washed film flakes and a range of other materials.
Product in Focus:
Application: HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE, PP
Extruder screw diameter: 65
Power consumption: 40 kilowatts
Output: 120 kilograms per hour
Product in Focus:
Model: POLYSTAR Repro-Flex65
Application: Polyethylene (HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE) and PP polypropylene flexible packaging material, printed and non-printed
Power consumption: 40 kilowatts
Output: 80 to 100 kilograms per hour
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While the venerable ACCO might be the most recognised truck in the waste collection industry due to its long history, proven durability and fit-for-purpose construction, it’s by no means the only model IVECO earning a keep in this demanding industry.
Locally-made Stralis models are also on the scene, successfully tackling a range of hooklift bin applications, providing operators with a modern and efficient 6×4 and 8×4 platform. As with the ACCO, being built in Melbourne, the Stralis can be customised along the assembly line, providing faster and more efficient body fitment and delivery to customers. Depending on the model selected, the scope for modification can be made considerable.
To achieve the desired end outcome, IVECO’s local engineering and manufacturing teams work closely with the customer and bodybuilder in specifying and manufacturing the vehicle, and there’s also the opportunity for all involved to visit the manufacturing facility to view progress on the build.
As well as targeting traditional waste applications like sideloader and front lift compactors and hook lift work, IVECO has an eye on the future with its development of a smaller compactor models based on the 12 to 16 tonne Eurocargo range.
A shift towards apartment and townhouse living as well as a rise in gated communities such as retirement villages, means that larger, more traditional refuse collection vehicles can struggling with this more confined infrastructure.
With this in mind, IVECO has developed a dual control cab chassis that can accommodate a 14-cubic metre compactor body providing up to five tonnes of payload. Featuring a shortened wheelbase, the Eurocargo compactor is extremely manoeuvrable and has a lower tare weight which allows it better access to tighter private access roads that have gross vehicle mass restrictions.
For a closer look at the IVECO range, please see: www.iveco.com.au
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