Pallmann’s “green” agglomeration installation a hit at Chinaplas 2011

Zweibrücken, Germany (June 15, 2011) – Chinaplas 2011 in Guangzhou last month (May 17-20) provided a further demonstration of Pallmann’s importance in the global market for size reduction and agglomeration equipment and technology.

“The show was a great success for us, and the increasing interest in the solutions we offer clearly showed that processors looking for economic and efficient solutions come to Pallmann,” said Michel Marchal, China Area Sales Manager at Pallmann, at the end of Chinaplas. “Although the majority of the contacts we made came from China, it was interesting to see that people from all over the world visited our stand to get information about our unique concepts and machines.”

Sensitive use of limited natural resources has been high on Pallmann’s priority list for many years. As a matter of principle, the company’s production processes follow basic ecological principles, while its program of machines and systems for environmental and recycling technology is extensive.

Michel Marchal drew particular attention to Pallmann’s PFV Plast-Agglomerator. With this unit, thermoplastic waste can be recycled and reintroduced into the production stream. The equipment is characterized by its relatively low acquisition cost in comparison with other technologies, as well as the low thermal stress it puts on materials, allowing them to maintain as many of their original characteristics as possible.

The PFV Plast-Agglomerator can handle waste coming from production of film, fibers, foam, carpets or other mixed materials, from PP, PE, PVC, ABS, and XPS as well as compounded materials.

In the Plast-Agglomerator, waste precut into 8-10 mm pieces is gently plastified by means of frictional heat, pressed through a die and cut at the outer circumference by rotating knives. The agglomerated material is transported pneumatically to a downstream hot melt granulator, creating free-flowing granules with a high bulk density and a minimum of thermal degradation.

This valuable raw material can then be reintroduced into the production process or used in other applications, as a filler for example.

New technical characteristics make the Plast-Agglomerator even more attractive than before. Pallmann can now deliver complete systems, premounted on a base frame, including wiring and water hook-up, simplifying installation and decreasing assembly time. Even after assembly, the complete system can be quickly moved and so is easily adaptable to changing production conditions at the customer.

To facilitate processing of abrasive materials such as carpet waste, the die and the agglomerating vane are equipped with a specially developed wear resistant coating. The result is a considerably increased lifetime of the agglomerating elements as well a reduction in unproductive downtime that occurs during replacement of worn parts.

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The Pallmann Group

Founded in 1903 as an engineering works, Pallmann is a medium-sized family-owned enterprise that has a history covering seven generations of millers and millwrights. Now a global company, the Pallmann Group has specialized in size reduction and processing technology in various sectors. It numbers more than 1000 machine types in what is the world's largest range of size reduction equipment for all materials ranging from soft to medium-hard, brittle to tough, as well as fibrous products.

Worldwide, the group employs around 700 experienced and highly qualified staff. Its own engineering works, subsidiaries, contract grinding and sales offices in Europe, North and South America, Asia and China ensure the best service, expert advice and support in planning, installation, commissioning of plant and equipment, and supply of spare parts.

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Pallmann agglomerating installation, an environmentally friendly process successfully displayed at the Chinaplas 2011.
(Photo The Pallmann Group, PLMPR005)


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