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Separating Products From Packaging For Disposal or Recycling

Separating Products From Packaging For Disposal or Recycling
June 27
09:32 2017

The Atritor Turbo Separator de-packaging system is designed to separate packaging from its contents, increasing product recovery and cutting back on waste. Coventry-based Atritor has supplied over 180 systems worldwide, for a range of packaged waste recovery applications. The smallest of the range, the TS1260 was developed with the requirements of food production in mind.

Since the introduction of the TS1260 Turbo Separator system, it has been used successfully to recover sugar, salt, tea, coffee (from pods), biscuits in divers applications from recovering tea from tea bags for tea processing companies in the UK to cooking flavour cubes for a major food manufacturer in Nigeria.

The TS1260 is available in carbon or stainless steel and is supplied with its own stand, control panel and infeed conveyor and integrated operational safety system. Other collection and conveyor systems for the recovered material and separated packaging are also available to suit the specific needs of the client.

Here is how Atritor developed a tea recovery method using the TS1260 which is now installed at sites throughout the world. In 2015, Atritor and a leading UK tea company collaborated to introduce a unique solution to a decades old problem.

Reclaiming the Product

The company had always generated a significant quantity of tea bags that, for various reasons, needed to be repacked. Because their tea bag packing lines were automated this meant that they needed to remove the tea from the tea bags and put it back in again at the start of the process.

The Dilemma

Their previous tea bag separator was old, slow, labour intensive and inefficient. It was struggling to keep up with their requirements and was wasting thousands of pounds of yea per year due to failing to extract all the tea from the tea bags.

The Solution

After assessing all the options available, their project team approached Atritor, experts in the field of reclaiming product from packaging. To ensure that this new machine delivered the best possible results and was optimised for their processes, the design of the system was a collaboration between both teams of engineers.

The Success

After commissioning in January 2016, the tea company has reported that the new tea bag separating system is over four times faster, far less labour intensive, safer, protects their high-quality teas and overall is far more efficient. The new machine is forecast to save the business a substantial amount of money by reclaiming the tea whilst also enabling associated processes to speed up, saving further time and money. It is anticipated that the whole system will pay for itself within 18 months.

In addition to the compact TS1260, there are a range of Turbo Separators available with throughputs from 1000 kgs per hour to 25 tonnes per hour. It is ideal for separating out of specification, out of date and mislabelled products from a variety of packaging including: metal cans, Tetra paks, plastic packaging, sort packaging, sachets, pouches, blister packs, cartons, trays, boxed products and more. Products include ready meals, pharmaceuticals, yoghurt, bottled water, soap power, bread, confectionery, cakes, juices, ice cream, baby foods, vegetables, processed meats, soups, pet foods, toothpaste, deodorants and more.

As well as uses for de-pack to re-pack, waste products can also be recovered for waste-to-energy production, animal feed or fertilizer.

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