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Buhler, Novamont, Middleton Engineering, Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK

Optical sorting provider Buhler Group, launched its Optical Sorting Station system at K 2013, the plastics and rubber trade show held in Dusseldorf.

The Optical Sorting Station brings together the key elements of successful optical sorting, including plant engineering, sorting technology, pneumatic conveyors, pre-conditioners and auxiliary equipment – a first for the plastics industry.

According to Buhler its integrated sorting station concept will mean that processors no longer need to source separate elements from multiple suppliers, and manage multiple relationships.

For flake processing, an optical sorting station features a purifying, refining, sizing and grading stage which can include one or more Sortex optical sorters. These are linked by all the necessary equipment to convey the product between stages and, if required, to re-introduce it into the system for resorting.  Flakes can be fed into one end of the station and collected at the other end – ready for bagging or further processing. 

Buhler head of optical sorting Charith Gunawardena said: “By taking care of the whole process, from engineering right through to customer support, we can offer processors a consistent, balanced performance in their optical sorting - delivering efficiency and competitiveness for their enterprises.

“We have already installed the full optical sorting station for several of our plastics customers, including  Deceuninck and ITW Poly Recyling.  These companies are beginning to see increased efficiency and yield from their processing lines, which of course leads to higher operating profits.”

Italian bioplastics company Novamont also made several product announcements on the opening day of K 2013.

These included the launch of two new biopolymer grades for injection moulding, known as ‘DI01A’ and ‘DI02A’. These contain a high degree of renewable material, can be composted, have been approved for contact with food and present similar moulding properties to polypropylene making them suitable for the creation of complex products, including thin or large sized items.

“The development of these new biopolymers creates important opportunities in the sector of disposable items for restaurants and public catering. It will now be possible to develop even more sustainable solutions with a guarantee of innovative mechanical, thermo-mechanical and product performance and an original appearance,” said Novamont commercial director Alessandro Ferlito.

It also introduced new grades for clear and film packaging, which have a high proportion of renewable raw materials, meet the EN 13432 standard, meet food grade standard; and boast properties such as excellent twistability, clarity and sealability. In addition, it introduced a transparent mulching film that is UV resistant and biodegrades in soil, and the latest generation of its Mater-Bi material featuring enhanced environmental and technical properties.

Viridor has upgraded equipment at its Priorswood materials recycling facility in Taunton with a new chain conveyor, fabricated and installed by equipment engineers Middleton Engineering. Designed to provide increased capacity and speed, the new conveyor is expected to handle between 15,000 and 20,000 tonnes of material a year.

Used for a range of recyclables including paper, card and plastics, it feeds an existing picking station where unwanted materials are removed from the waste stream before the material is baled for recycling.

Kevin Bishop, regional recycling manager for Viridor said: “This is an important upgrade for the Priorswood site, adding additional capacity and speed. Reliability is crucial to us and Middletons have been able to come up with a number of design improvements to make routine maintenance and access to the cleaning pit easier.”

Other improvements include the design of a spring loaded levelling gate, which will ensure a smooth and consistent flow of material along the conveyor, avoiding the feast or famine characteristics of some conveyor solutions. 

Forklift users can now benefit by up to £1,500 on the lease purchase or contract hire of a brand new forklift – thanks to the new ‘Lift Free for 3’ deal launched by Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK.

Tim Waples, director of Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK said: “Under the ‘Lift Free for 3’ deal, which covers our Diesel and LPG 1.5 to 3.5T models, those signing up with us for a five-year lease purchase or contract hire deal will get the first three months’ use completely free of charge – typically worth £1,500.

“This means a brand new Doosan forklift, delivering our renowned simple, powerful performance, is more affordable than ever before – with zero cost for three months, so improving business cash flow – plus all the usual benefits of contract hire or lease purchase.

“We feel this is a particularly beneficial deal for small to medium business sectors, where Doosan has a proven track record – and boasts some of the lowest total costs of ownership in the industry.”

The deal carries the same rate as a normal five-year contract and is available through all Doosan dealers for orders placed by 20 December.

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