R-Cycle. Working together with partners to promote sustainable recycling management
We follow our corporate vision and develop "intelligent" production solutions for value-added articles. This includes in particular sustainability-oriented solutions.
At the start of 2020 the European Union published its Action Plan for the Circular Economy to ensure that plastic packagings are traceable in the future and thus more recyclable. This is also tremendously important issue for Kautex Maschinenbau. For this reason we have committed to the R-Cycle initiative, in which we join together with significant partners in the plastics sector, to promote this objective with passion and ambition.
R-Cycle is the open and globally applicable standard for the tracing of plastic packagings throughout the life cycle. The aim is to guarantee recyclability through complete documentation of all recycling-relevant packaging properties on the basis of established technologies.
R-Cycle fulfills one of the most important prerequisites for the recycling of plastics as marking makes the packaging identifiable. The complete value chain can be traced right back to the raw materials used via a cloud-based database.
R-Cycle officially started in June 2020. The plastics machinery manufacturers Reifenhäuser, Arburg and Brückner Maschinenbau are taking part in the project at present, together with the IKV Institute for Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University. We receive support for our work from GS1 Germany, a neutral center of excellence and service center for optimization of cross-company business processes throughout the value chain.
For further information please refer to: www.r-cycle.org
Pilot project: Kautex Maschinenbau / Braskem / Morssinkhoff / Kautex Textron
Recycling-friendly, traceable blow molded bottle made of sustainable materials
Together with plastic raw material supplier Braskem, plastic packaging manufacturer KautexTextron and Netherlands-based recycling specialist company Morssinkhoff Plastics, Kautex Maschinenbau has launched the R-Cycle pilot project “Smart sustainable packaging in Blow Molding”. This combination of project partners maps the entire value chain from plastics production to processing and recycling. The project objective is to develop a recycling-friendly and traceable bottle made of sustainable materials.
The target product has been defined for a first step as a 1-liter bottle made from two different HDPE materials: One bottle is made from Braskem’s I’m greenTM biobased PE, produced from sugar cane (white bottle), The second bottle is made from Braskem’s I’m greenTM Recycled PE, a material made from recycled plastic waste (grey bottle).
Both bottles are produced with extrusion blow molding processes, using a machine from Kautex Maschinenbau that offers ideal conditions for processing new types of plastics and is integrated with coding and marking technology via digital interfaces.
Both bottles, produced with both sustainable materials, are 100% recyclable. By this, they can be returned to the recycling loop and granulated into a high-quality recycled material.
The tracing technology behind the R-Cycle pilot project is based on GS1 standards. In the first step, we are using QR codes as marking technology for the bottle. In addition, other possible marking technologies will also be tested during the project.
As mechanical engineers, it is essential that we ask ourselves how we can contribute to the sustainable handling of plastics. This sustainability is best achieved with a fully functioning recycling system.
The outstanding efficiency of the all-electric extrusion blow molding machines is confirmed by the latest test based on the Euromap 46.1 standards. Several Kautex machines of the KBB series achieved the best energy efficiency classification 10.
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