Balcan Engineering has launched a plastic lamp processor that improves speed and safety for separating the plastic from fluorescent lighting.
The Raptor machine removes the plastic coating from fluorescent tubes and separates the glass into a drum, allowing both materials to be easily processed. It can be connected to existing Balcan recycling equipment, which provides the filtration system and activated carbon for mercury removal from the vapour.
It can also be supplied with its own dust and mercury filter, allowing it to operate as an independent system for lamp processing.
Designed for continuous feed, Raptor can process up to 2,000 tubes an hour.
Alistair Rinfret, managing director, says: “This machine will significantly improve speed and safety when stripping out the plastic parts of fluorescent tubes. Usually this is done manually using a knife to cut or shave it off, so it is timeconsuming and there is the risk of cuts or the lamp shattering in your hand.
“This machine does all of this quickly, safely and efficiently and vastly increases throughput levels.”