RAVEN Industries Engineered Films Division has installed a new reclaim production line designed to capture and recycle excess polymer material from internal manufacturing processes, according to an announcement.
The state-of-the-art reclaim system is capable of producing up to 15 million lb. of reprocessed resin pellets annually. The design contains a specific line filtering system for removing foreign materials from the melt stream, and the integrated computer control interface monitors every aspect of the process, from the introduction of material to the finished resin pellets produced.
Excess polymer materials are generated during the normal production process through line startups and material edge trim processes. Past practices have included transporting this material to external reclaim facilities for reuse and discarding other non-reclaim materials.
With the new system, the majority of excess material is captured and reclaimed through the facility to increase efficiency, meet environmental initiatives and add value to the overall manufacturing process, according to the announcement.
"The installation of this advanced system achieves a closed-loop recycling stream for our manufacturing facility by reclaiming excess production material through a fully controlled process from start to finish," Anthony Schmidt, vice president and general manager for Raven's Engineered Films Division, noted. "Additionally, the reclaim line achieves a critical step in implementing actions directly aligned with Raven Industries' sustainability initiatives by reducing product waste and municipal landfill consumption."
Raven Industries, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., designs and manufactures high-value technical products for the precision agriculture, high-performance specialty films, aerospace and electronic manufacturing services markets.