recycling technology, a division of Starlinger & Co GmbH, Vienna, will present a general view of its product portfolio at the K 2010 trade fair from October 27 to November 3 in Düsseldorf (booth D21, hall 9).
Founded in 2000, Starlinger’s recoSTAR product line has quickly become a reference in the recycling sector at a time when issues such as required collection rates and reuse are gaining significance in many countries and vivid discussions on carbon footprint and responsible use of resources generally create more awareness among people.
The product range of recycling technology comprises innovative machine solutions for efficient recycling of plastic materials such as PE, PP, PA, PS, PET and many others. At this year’s K trade fair, 3 Starlinger recycling lines will be on display.
A recoSTAR universal 65 VAC with an output of up to 200 kg/h will be in operation two times a day at booth D21, hall 9, processing PP sack fabric. This machine is equipped with a heavy-duty single-shaft cutter arranged parallel to the extruder, making it possible to easily process also films and hard-to-grind materials such as tapes, fibres and start-up lumps. Thanks to the new feeding system of the line both ground material and granulate can now be processed without requiring an additional dosing unit. Furthermore, this new feature increases operational reliability, simplifies operation and ensures lower energy consumption and higher output at the same time. Large-scale trials have proven that the line concept is ideal for processing films, fibres, fabrics and non-wovens. Compared to other processes, the recoSTAR universal produces regranulate that is e.g. less discoloured and less degraded and thus has a higher value. In addition, materials with a moisture content of up to 3% can be processed using special devices.
For processing hygroscopic, wet and/or pre-ground materials as well as production waste, recoSTAR basic is the best choice. This line can be used for all polyolefines, technical plastics and foamed materials. It is equipped with an agglomerator for predrying and compacting the material. At booth B47 in hall 16 a recoSTAR basic 85 with an output of 450 kg/h will be in operation. This machine is connected directly to a film extrusion line (LLDPE stretch-wrap) and provides an example of Starlinger’s innovative in-line solutions at the highest level of automation.
The recoSTAR PET iV+ technology developed by Starlinger yields recycled PET that has the same properties as virgin material: an intrinsic viscosity (IV) higher than 0.82, acetaldehyde (AA) content of less than 1 ppm, and excellent decontamination values which allow the use for packaging with direct food contact. Thanks to the recent capacity increase (output from 150 to 3600 kg/h) and a modular design that can be varied according to application, the machine concept covers the complete range of applications and requirements for food contact and/or IV increase. A complete recoSTAR PET 65 iV+ line will be on display in the recycling showroom of Starlinger’s production site in Weissenbach, Austria, during the time of the fair and can be booked for test runs during the whole year.
The SSP (Solid State Polycondensation) reactor series has also been extended: It now includes a new reactor with an increased volume of 15,000 l and a solution for flakes only. This module, called deCON50, will be exhibited at booth D21, hall 9.
A number of national and international certifications, among them several FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) non-objection letters and brand owner approvals, underline the fact that rPET produced using the Starlinger iV+ process is suitable for packaging with direct food contact.
Starlinger recycling technology meets the market demands not only with its technical advantages (e.g. easy maintenance, user-friendly visualisation display, etc.) but also by developing new applications. Parallel to the K trade fair another in-line application will be available for viewing: The in-line production of thermoforming sheet from 100% PET bottle flakes which can be used for packaging with direct food contact. The line is located at the production premises of a Starlinger reference customer in Austria less than two hours flight away from Düsseldorf.
The recoSTAR product portfolio is completed by another two machine types. As an economical alternative to the agglomerator line recoSTAR basic, Starlinger offers the recoSTAR direct recycling line. It is designed for heavy ground materials (> 300 g/l) and processes pre-ground and dry materials.
The recoSTAR compact is suitable for recycling polyolefin films (edge trims, film rolls), either off-line or in-line with the production machine.
The complete portfolio of Starlinger recoSTAR recycling lines covers an output range of 30 to 3600 kg/h, depending on machine type.
Starlinger recycling technology always continues to make its lines even more profitable for the customers. In that sense, a number of innovations in areas such as sensor technology, automation or energy management allowed us to further improve operator friendliness and technological and economic efficiency. Many of these new features, e.g. the clearly structured touch panel for easy and user-friendly control, are already standard equipment on our lines.
Whether films, fibres, filaments, non-wovens, tapes, sheets, moulded parts, PET preforms or bottles, or in-house, industrial or post-consumer waste: Starlinger recycling technology can choose from a wide spectrum of solutions for providing an optimum configuration for each application.
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