Automatik Plastics Machinery: Award for Energy Efficiency
Plastics Technology China awarded Automatik Plastics Machinery, Grossostheim, Germany, a prize for an “innovative, energy saving processing machine for the Chinese Plastics Industry”. This award recognizes the efforts of Automatik’s engineers in 2010 who, during development work, went to great lengths to turn the company’s Sphero underwater pelletizer into a energy-efficient cutting system, with particular attention being given to the following areas:
By modifying both the cutting chamber and the knife hub geometries Automatik substantially reduced the energy consumption of the pelletizer. The company also developed a new, thermally insulating “SuperFlow” die plate that decreases melt pressure more than 20% compared to standard die plates. This positively impacts the energy consumption of previously installed machines such as an extruder. Further, Automatik provided other special devices that maximize energy efficiencies while enabling the recapture of consequent waste heat, which can then be used downstream for subsequent crystallization processes or to heat up office space and common areas.
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