Axion Polymers, U.K., has invested in more laboratory test equipment at its plastics recycling facility, including a new injection molding machine that will enable a greater range of polymer testing and further development of recycled polymer grades, the company reports.
Axion’s in-house test capability now includes a Fourier transform mid-infrared spectrometer for analyzing the composition of black and dark-colored polymer chips, a near-infrared multi-chip spectrometer for rapid analysis of large quantities of polymer chips and an X-ray fluorescence analyzer for heavy metals and bromine. The lab also has a notched Izod impact tester, a tensile tester and a lab-scale injection mold machine to produce test pieces and evaluate molding performance.
Axion’s Salford plant refines plastics extracted from end-of-life vehicles at its nearby facility in Trafford Park, Manchester. According to the company, the laboratory investment further enhances Axion’s technical capability in supplying tailored polymers to suit specific end-user requirements.
Mark Keenan, Axion Polymers business development manager, says the new lab equipment “provides an improved range and accuracy of results for our customers. Being able to guarantee consistent quality results and product is so important to all our customers, most of which run their operations 24 hours a day. The new laboratory equipment will ensure we are able to do that.”
The laboratory facilities have been upgraded as part of improved quality control measures and technical product development.
“The investment in new laboratory test equipment allows us to achieve reliable data for our polymer quality and process control,” explains Pasika Chongcharoenthaweesuk, Axion process development engineer. “This helps to optimize the process, not only to produce a consistent quality product, but also to improve the quality and increase the throughput. This has opened up new opportunities for us to develop products suitable for other applications.”
Axion Commercial Operations Manager Laura Smith says the new injection molding and test equipment allows them to develop new grades faster.
“This investment is excellent for our laboratory as we are always developing new product grades because of customer requests,” she says. “The new equipment enables us to provide much quicker results.”
Axion Polymers is part of the Axion Group that develops and operates innovative resource recovery and processing solutions for recycling waste materials. The group works with a wide range of clients within the recycling and process industries on the practical development of new processing and collection methods.