Stadler, Altshausen, Germany, has opened a Test and Innovation Center at its production site in Krsko, Slovenia. The company says its new facility will serve as a test center for customer demonstrations and training and as an innovation center housing the company’s research and development activities focused on the plastic sorting process.
At the new Test and Innovation Center, Stadler says it will offer demonstrations of the sorting process, such as feeding, label removal, ballistic separation, metal separation, nonferrous metal separation, near-infrared separation and transport with conveyors and screw conveyors. Stadler says in a news release on its new Test and Innovation Center that the demonstrations “will help customers make an informed purchase decision” as they will be able to see the sorting process in the plant designed for them by Stadler. The company says the facility will also provide training for customers and internal staff.
The Test and Innovation Center will also house the company’s testing activities for plastic recycling applications, with input material being sorted into polymer products, such as polyethylene terephthalate, high-density polyethylene, polypropylene or low-density polyethylene films, and recycled.
“This activity is very important for us at Stadler,” says Tom Schmitt, sales manager at Stadler. “We are constantly striving to offer increasingly efficient processes in the recycling of polymers.”
Stadler reports that its new center will be a key research and innovation hub. “Here, in Slovenia, we will develop the plastic recycling plant of the next generation,” says Willi Stadler, CEO of Stadler Anlagenbau GmbH. “We have highly skilled people, with advanced knowledge of the entire process and specialized expertise. The majority of the engineers who assemble our systems around the world are based here.”
According to Stadler, the Test and Innovation Center is housed in an existing hall on its Krsko site, which has been extended with a temporary structure, providing a total covered area of 1,200 square meters to accommodate the equipment for demonstrating the sorting process. The company plans to further develop the site in a modular way to extend its testing and demonstration capabilities. The center is staffed with a team of five people and supported by the Stadler engineers based on-site.
The Krsko site is a manufacturing and engineering hub that Stadler says plays a key role in its operation. It houses the production of the company’s steel structures, screening drums, heavy chain conveyor belts and label removers, as well as its sheet metal processing plant. In addition, it is the home of Stadler’s Electrical Engineering Department, which implements the electric installation and operating software in the company’s projects across the world.