Amut Group, headquartered in Novara, Italy, says it offers several solutions designed to support the circular economy that will be on display at K 2019, Oct. 16-23 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The company will be exhibiting in Hall 16–A05 and Hall 3-B92.
The company’s friction washer for polyethylene terephthalate/high-density polyethylene/low-density polyethylene (PET/HDPE/LDPE) features “strong cleaning force” that enable the outgoing flakes to be re-used in many applications, according to the company.
Amut will focus in part on a project carried out in partnership with Ecoplasteam, an Italian company that recycles polyethylene and aluminum polycomposite (POAL) from Tetrapack® packages. POAL is sorted from the cellulose at the paper mill and shipped to Ecoplasteam, where it is washed and pelletized into Ecoallene. The entire process uses Amut equipment. Ecoallene pellets can be extruded and thermoformed or processed by injection molding.
Amut also will feature the bottle-to-packaging application developed in collaboration with German company Erema. The extrusion line is designed to process 100 percent postconsumer PET bottle flakes into single-layer foil certified food-grade thermoforming. The line can be configured for net widths ranging from 1,000 to 2,000 millimeters (roughly 39 inches to 78 inches) with one layer, three layers or up to five layers with thicknesses ranging from 0.15 to 2 millimeters and output of up to 2,000 kilograms per hour (4,409 pounds per hour).
The company also will display a video featuring an in-line thermoforming plant for polylactic acid (PLA) cups. The Amut technology—extrusion and thermoforming units—can change easily from using polypropylene (PP) to PLA, Amut says.
Additionally, Amut will present its new ACS 2000 cast line for stretch film production, which includes the Q-Catcher that has been presented during the Stretch Film Conference in Barcelona, Spain, Plastics Extrusion World Expo in Cleveland and the Chinaplas exhibition in Guangzhou, China. However, only at the K Show will Amut host a live demo.
The Q-Catcher permits repeating previously saved parameters to produce film with exactly the same mechanical properties.
The ACS 2000 has a seven-layer, five-extruder configuration and produces a width of up to 2,000 millimeters (roughly 6.5 feet) with an output of 1,300 kilograms per hour (nearly 2,900 feet per minute). Amut says the upgraded technology includes the T-Die Essentia with die splitter, movable vacuum box for cleaning without dismantling, jumbo type chill roll unit, AD Scan X-Rays thickness control system, the Prowind 4.0 super-fast winder for hand, machine and jumbo rolls without any hydraulic components.
The ACF820 thermoforming machine to be presented at K 2019 has three stations: forming, cutting and stacking. It can be equipped with additional chain rails between the oven and the forming mold, an 80-ton forming press for integrated forming and cutting and a vision system for quality control.
The ACF820 will be operated using 100 percent recycled PET foil produced with the above-mentioned AMUT/Erema line and with metalized foil using Glue Less technology.