Challenges to be more sustainable
IMCD highlighted solutions
Use purging compounds
A high-quality purging compound can be used for many different applications and should more than pay for itself by saving material and time.
With many different types of compounds on the market, the task of finding one could feel very daunting. Our purging solutions experts are ready to support your journey in implementing purging compounds. Contact us today to receive a free sample to see the benefits of this process firsthand in your facilities.
Reuse waste in the plant
When waste is reused in the plant, it can be placed back into black parts, used as a post-purge, or used as startup material. This is a great way to reduce the need for transportation between producer and recycler and back.
To achieve this, preprocessing equipment such as grinders are typically required onsite. Additionally, this process involves the reintroduction of degraded or contaminated materials back into machines, something to consider as customer requirements may not allow reprocessed polymers. Some compatibilists can be used to enable a good reintroduction of the scraps. They can help to improve the appearance of the final product and also increase the % of scrap content by moving to a circular and zero waste residue generation.
Schedule colour changes
When you schedule colour changes from light to dark, this lowers the number of long runs with streaky, unacceptable parts between colours. It's a straightforward tactic that can be implemented into the production schedule.
Scheduling colour changes only works when you have the luxury of planning production runs in advance. This is not often a feasible approach with just-in-time production or when only using a few colours.