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TUESDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY GET WITH RAPID Come See Us in Booth #W953 Call +1 724.584.5220 www.rapidgranulator.com You can sell it for pennies a pound, or, you can recover the full value of your regrind and get MORE out of your production. Even the best molding processes cannot produce high quality parts if the regrind is poor. Rapid Granulator's superior cutting technology and engineering has helped improve customers' bottom lines for 75 years. Get MORE – call Rapid to arrange for a free test of your most demanding material. It isn't scrap unless you throw it away! Rapid's superior regrind Regrind from other granulator Better regrind = Better parts = MORE profitability! Operaঞon Clean Sweep: Everyone Has a Role to Play Plastrac Promotes Flexibility With Upgraded Cart Blending By Tony Deligio Plascs Technology In addiঞon to working on the hardware side of the unit, Plas- trac (Booth W129) has also updated the so[ware side with an all-new touch-screen control. Eric Bullivant, Plastrac vice presi- dent, says that in addiঞon to ease-of-operaঞon for the user, the new control gives the equipment extra features and flexi- bility, including greater accessibility and connecঞvity from Eth- ernet and USB ports. "At Plastrac, we're not only keeping up with all the latest advances in technology," Bullivant says. "We're integraঞng them into our systems." The newest cart-based blending system features a batching mode where processors can enter in a lb/hr throughput target, leave the system to its job, and it will shut down automaঞcally upon reaching the predetermined weight. With this funcঞonal- ity, processors could dial in as much material as needed to fill a gaylord, or brew up a batch as small as 1 lb—all unaended. "These can be used in various applicaঞons," Bullivant says. "People who don't want to do on-machine blending can bene- fit, and there's quick, easy clean out." From a safety standpoint, processors who don't want workers climbing on top of a mold- ing machine, for instance, to set up a blender at the feedthroat, can do off-line blending, with the cart set up next to the press or working off line in a back room. The new cart systems are duplex and fully independent dual models. In the duplex-dual design, a single virgin feeder and two different color feeders have a shared controller and blower system, operaঞng independently with either manual color fill- ing or an automated color loader. The dual system can manage two different resins for double-shot machines, and Plastrac notes that separate hoppers facilitate easy color changes, with a full dual able to accommodate two natural resins and up to two addiঞves, using a shared blower system, with a control box that can manage up to six disc feeders, allowing operators to switch colors electronically. By Heather Caliendo Plascs Technology Environmental damage can be caused by spilled pellets, flakes and powder ending up in the ocean, which is why it's impera- ঞve that the industry handles those items as responsibly as possible. One iniঞaঞve helping with this is Operaঞon Clean Sweep (OCS), a stewardship program of the Plasঞcs Industry Associaঞon (PLASTICS) and the American Chemistry Council's Plasঞcs Division, which is working to prevent resin loss and help keep this material out of the marine environment. Launched in 1991, OCS conঞnues to grow and is implemented in thousands of plants around the world, which has led to ad- vances in the responsible handling of plasঞc resins. The cam- paign's goal is to help every plasঞcs-handling company work toward achieving zero pellet, flake and powder loss. So how does it work? It starts with taking a pledge, which comes in two levels: Partner: the companies that manufacture or handle plasঞc resin pellets. Supporters: organizaঞons that do not qualify for partner- ship but support the efforts of OCS to prevent pellet and flake loss in the environment. The OCS program and manual offer guidelines to help plas- ঞcs industry operaঞons managers reduce the accidental loss of pellets, flakes and powder from the processing facility into the environment. Elle Brumley, associate director of industry af- fairs for PLASTICS, says the OCS tools are designed to provide maximum uঞlity for all types of plasঞc handling and transport- ing operaঞons through good housekeeping and containment pracঞces. "It's a great program to stand shoulder-to-shoulder to show we care about the environment," she says. "We're working to help stop what we can control." One partner company in- cludes Royce Internaঞonal, a solvent, addiঞve and colorant manufacturer. Since taking the OCS pledge and incorporaঞng best pracঞces about five years ago, the company has reportedly reduced producঞon loss by 25 percent. Recently, the OCS program added another level—OCS blue, which is a new, data-driven VIP member offering available to current OCS members. The new member level will act as a rec- ogniঞon for companies excelling within the exisঞng program, allowing them to showcase data and basic metrics that will be helpful reporঞng tools as OCS conঞnues to grow and gain broad industry support. Elle Brumley serves as associate director of industry affairs for PLASTICS. Plastrac's new touch-screen control gives gives its cart-based blending system greater accessibility and connecঞvity with Ethernet and USB ports. 16 NPE.ORG A PRODUCT OF PLASTICS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

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