Husky HyPET RF delivers high output beverage packaging – now with 100% recycled flake content
Düsseldorf, Germany - Husky Injection Molding Systems today announced the capability to manufacture preforms with up to 100% post-consumer food-grade recycled PET flake using its HyPET™ Recycled Flake (RF) system. To drive greater sustainability within the beverage packaging supply chain, Husky first launched these systems at Drinktec 2009, which were specifically optimized to manufacture preforms with up to 50% recycled flake. Since that time, the company has continued to optimize the performance of this system to increase the quality of preforms made using food-grade post-consumer recycled PET flake.
“As a company that’s committed to sustainability, it is our responsibility to invest in solutions that reduce the environmental impact of beverage packaging,” said Jeff MacDonald, Husky’s Vice President of Marketing. “The challenge in the past has been increasing the recycled flake content, while still maintaining the highest levels of quality and performance. We have been able to push the performance of our HyPET RF system to enable the use of up to 100% recycled flake and initial trials with a number of global customers have been very encouraging.”
“The preforms produced on Husky’s HyPET RF system significantly reduced black specks and dramatically minimized failures during bottle blowing, when compared to preforms produced on standard, non-specialized systems using the same blend of recycled flake,” said Bruce Sampson, General Manager from Southeastern Container, one of Husky’s development partners.
HyPET RF is a molding platform that can lower the cost and environmental impact of PET as a packaging material without sacrificing performance or compromising part quality. The HyPET RF display at K2010 will feature bottles and preforms made with varying percentages of recycled flake, from 25% to 100%. The first commercially viable HyPET RF system is currently running at a customer facility in Europe to support a leading bottler.
Husky’s HyPET RF system addresses the specific challenges of manufacturing PET bottles using recycled PET flake. System enhancements include an extruder design for improved processing of pellet and flake blends, two shooting pots, as well as in-line continuous melt filtration, which enables the system to offer excellent material homogeneity and eliminate non-meltable contaminants for superior bottle quality. These features allow manufacturers not currently using recycled PET flake to introduce this material into their products. For those already using recycled PET flake, this can eliminate some of the current manufacturing and quality challenges while enabling an increase in flake content.
About Husky — Husky Injection Molding Systems (www.husky.ca) is a leading global supplier of injection molding equipment and services to the plastics industry. The company has more than 40 service and sales offices, supporting customers in over 100 countries. Husky's manufacturing facilities are located in Canada, the United States, Luxembourg and China.
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