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AMUT and EREMA deliver PET bottle-to-sheet line to New Zealand
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:08.Dec.2021

AMUT and EREMA are working to accelerate the transition towards a greener world. In summer 2021, they have finalized the installation and commissioning of ALTO packaging's first extrusion line for food grade PET sheets in New Zealand market.

 

At the ALTO Plastic Packaging site in Albany, the plant now processes 100 % washed postconsumer flakes into 100 % food contact grade monolayer thermoforming sheet. In New Zealand, this milestone represents the first system to be installed for this special application.

 

Thanks to the direct combination of EREMA VACUREMA PET recycling technology and the AMUT Inline Sheet production technology there is no longer any extra process stage. This is, because the melt goes straight from the VACUREMA 1716 T Basic to the AMUT plant without the detour of pelletizing. The post-consumer PET material is already decontaminated and pre-dried prior to extrusion in the vacuum reactor of the VACUREMA Basic, with a throughput of up to 1,500 kg per hour.


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AMUT and EREMA have finalized the installation and commissioning of ALTO packaging's extrusion line for food grade PET sheets.


After high capacity filtration by EREMA's SW-RTF backflush filter and online IV measurement, the melt goes directly into the AMUT Inline Sheet plant where it is processed into thermoforming sheet from 0.15 mm till 1.2 mm thickness.

 

The monolayer thermoforming sheet produced from pure rPET is not only 100 % food contact compliant, it also fulfils the FDA and further regulations. At ALTO it is further processed into trays and food containers.

 

AMUT played its part by providing a full range of downstream equipment ranging from the Automatic Tdie, three rolls stack calender with automatic gap control and motorized cross axing unit, lamination unit for welding and barrier films, thickness control gauge to anti-static silicon coating unit, fully automatic two shafts turret winder and in line edge trims grinding and recycling.

 

The special features of this extrusion line come from the complete automatic and easy management of the line. This is due to the new AMUT's software including the Easy Start and Easy Change functions that will allow the operator to start the extrusion line and change product formats in automatic mode.

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