FOCUS: Plastics Recycling Challenges

Plastics have been popular materials for years. This is not surprising since the material has many advantages for applications in automotive and medical sectors, building and construction as well as in the packaging industry. Its low weight and durability make it an attractive material. However, it is concerning what is happening to the plastic that has served its time.

Thermal analysis can help give plastics a new life.

Use Cases of Thermal Analysis in Plastics Recycling

Why the Recycling Industry Benefits from the Use of Thermal Analysis

Ever since plastics have become a popular material, manufactures have produced a total of 8.3 billion tons of virgin plastic. The production and usage of plastic has been a resounding success. However, it is alarming what is happening to the plastic that has served its time. The challenges posed by mechanical recycling can be overcome with thermal analysis.

How to Control the Quality of Recycled Plastic Materials

Plastic recycling presents many challenges across the manufacturing workflow. One of the biggest challenges is controlling the uncertainty of feedstock quality. Variations in quality arise from mixtures of different polymer types in the recycling process. This is a step-by-step guide for the quality control of recycled plastics with the NETZSCH DSC 214 Polyma.

Corex: Increased Efficiency and Reduced Scrap in the Production with Recycled Polymers

Corex Plastics (Australia) Pty Ltd is a leading manufacturer of twin wall profile Fluteboard® and Corflute® sheet and solid sheet extrusions. The company’s closed loop philosophy forms an integral part of its business, but also posed some challenges for the company. With the recycling business growing, there was an enhanced need for adequately sorting feed streams and controlling quality of recycled resins. Thermal analysis instrumentation from NETZSCH is the solution to their problems.

Can a Recycled Compound be an Alternative to Virgin Polymer Compound?

Thermal analysis techniques, such as DSC, TGA, TMA and DMA can answer this question. In this webcast TGA, DMA and DSC with “Identify”, a database search software, are used to characterize recycled polymer compounds, PA6-GF30, for pre-selection, which is used to manufacture injection-molded auto part.

NETZSCH Thermal Analysis Instruments

that Solve Your Recycling Challenges

DSC 214 Polyma

Easy-to-use, robust, precise, optimized for everyday use – these are the features of the innovative DSC 214 Polyma

TG 209 F1 Libra®

Based on over 50 years of experience in thermogravimetry, NETZSCH has developed the thermobalance TG 209 F1 Libra®. This instrument allows for analyses to be carried out even faster, more accurately, and across an extended temperature range.