Reifenhäuser focuses on safe recyclate processing and automation in film production

Reifenhäuser focuses on safe…

Highlights include the processing of low-quality recyclate into high-quality blown film, the PAM automation option for coextrusion adapters and flat dies, and the production of high-barrier tube film in just one process step. The machine manufacturer will be represented at India's leading plastics trade show by its Reifenhäuser Blown Film and Reifenhäuser Cast Sheet Coating business units, each specializing in blown film and flat film technologies.

EVO Fusion: safe processing of low recyclate grades

Reifenhäuser Blown Film presents the technical solution to one of the biggest challenges in processing recyclate - the often low and fluctuating quality of the input material. Producers have so far found it difficult to set up a stable production process for higher-quality end products made from recyclate. With EVO Fusion, blown film producers can now process previously unusable, low-cost recyclate into high-performance blown films for end-use applications such as trash bags or mailing bags.

The key lies in the twin-screw technology of the EVO Fusion extruder, which improves melt homogeneity and ensures a stable process. Processors can also degas the system very easily and effectively, removing unwanted components in the recyclate. The EVO Fusion process also enables direct extrusion, which eliminates the need for energy- and cost-intensive regranulation of the material. This means that fluff (film shreds), all types of production waste, and PCR material can also be processed directly. To process better quality regranulate, Reifenhäuser recommends the EVO Ultra single-screw extruder. This machine processes recycled material as reliably as other raw materials, thanks to optimized barrier as well as shear and mixing parts.

Eugen Friedel, Director Sales at Reifenhäuser Blown Film, explains: "Our technologies for recyclate processing offer the ideal prerequisite for participating on the growing market for products with high recyclate content. Moreover, India already has legal requirements governing the use of recyclate which our customers can easily meet thanks to EVO Fusion."

EVO Fusion

The Reifenhäuser Group supplies tailor-made lines and components for the production of high-quality blown film, cast film, sheet film, and nonwovens.