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GREENMAX machines help achieve economic recycling of PE foam

 

What we usually called EPE material is actually the abbreviation of expanded polyethylene foam, also known as PE foam. It is basically flexible plastic with a bunch of air bubbles and soft surface.

 

PE foam is very shock-absorbent, so it makes great use as packaging materials. It is manufactured by extrusion process, usually in several forms, such as sheet, coil, pipe, bar, L profile, C profile and U profile, each with its own set of uses.

 

 

When it comes to recycling, economic transportation becomes one of the major issues pertaining to the ability for a successful recycling program of these materials.

 

In most cases, these materials are completely recyclable and valuable in the field of regenerative commodities. The value of recycled polyethylene has risen as new applications of these recycled materials discovered. But unfortunately, many municipal recycling companies do not have facilities to handle this material, and high shipping costs have limited the recycling of PE foam.

 

 

For most foam producers and packaging companies, compacting equipment is necessary for economic recycling, PE foam recycling is no exception. Different from EPS recycling, PE foam has higher compression density requirements.

 

 

GREENMAX ZEUS series compactor is upgraded from the APOLO series EPS compactor, and designed specifically for PE foam recycling. This machine is known for its surface melting technology, after the realization of crushing and compacting, the compressed foam also passes through a melting pipeline, and forms a solid protective tier after the discharge solidifies to prevent the compressed PE foam from scattering again.

 

 

In order to obtain compressive density that suitable for economical transportation, the machines provided by GREENMAX can achieve a compression ratio of 50:1, which is beneficial for storage and transportation. Moreover, high density PE blocks will be sold at a better price, this is also a step forward for the recycling industry.