Amut/Erema – Open house: From PET bottles straight to packaging

ITALY • Both companies invite guests to experience the closed material loop of PET first-hand from 28 to 31 May 2018. Washed post-consumer PET bottle flakes will be recycled live at the Amut headquarters in Novara, Italy, to make food contact grade thermoforming sheet in a direct process.

The post-consumer flakes are processed in the new demonstration facility – a direct combination of Vacurema technology and the Amut inline sheet plant – in a single process to make food contact grade thermoforming sheet. Thanks to the direct combination of recycling and production technology there is no longer any excess process stage. This is because the melt goes straight from the Vacurema to the Amut plant without the detour of pelletising.

The clear advantage over other suppliers: the monolayer thermoforming sheet produced from pure rPET is not only 100 per cent food contact compliant, it also fulfils the FDA regulations and EFSA guidelines.

100% PET flakes with 100% food contact approval

The post-consumer PET material is already decontaminated and pre-dried prior to extrusion in the vacuum reactor of the Vacurema Basic. The newly developed Erema PET Laserfilter processes input material with a degree of contamination of over 1 per cent without any difficulty and discharges the filtered particles continuously. Thanks to its unique pressure consistency this filter system is particularly suitable for inline production. Despite varying moisture, IV values and bulk densities in the input material, the melt has a constantly stable IV value and colour. Additionally, the process stands out through what is only a marginal IV drop. The melt then goes directly into the AMUT Inline Sheet plant where it is processed into thermoforming sheet. The integrated online viscometer shows the user the actual viscosity of the melt. High-stiffness cooling rolls guarantee precise material planarity. Another boost in sheet quality comes from the fully integrated inline thickness gauge control. The hot lamination system represents an additional production benefit and is particularly suitable for sensitive barrier film thanks to the adjustable contact point. The wet coating at the end makes for an antistatic and anti-blocking solution.

All interested register for the open house with Pamela Provera at p.provera@amut.it or Claudia Legawiec at c.legawiec@erema-group.com. For deciding at short notice please register during Plast Milan at the Amut stand (Hall 13 Stand B111/C112) or at the Erema stand (Hall B 15 Stand 121). In addition, a free bus transfer from the trade fair to Amut and back will be in operation.

Plast Milan will take place between 29 May and 1 June 2018 and is part of the Innovation Alliance, which will include for the first time the five trade fair events Ipack-Ima, Meat-T3ech, Intralogistica Italia, Plast Milan and Print4All.

 

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