A plastic granulator is a machine that shreds solid plastic material into small particles, commonly referred to as “granules.” It is often used in conjunction with other size reduction equipment to prepare scrap for further processing or recycling. The size of the granules depends on the type and size of the plastic being processed, as well as its overall properties.
There are many different types of plastic granulators available on the market. Some are designed for use in a wide range of applications, while others are designed for specific purposes. Some are also designed to reduce noise levels while operating, and may be equipped with sound proofing materials. There are also a variety of different blades used to cut plastics, and each has its own unique function.
A granulator is often the final piece of equipment in a plastics processing plant, and as such, it is responsible for converting much of the waste produced by the rest of the equipment into useful feedstock for the next step in the process. This is especially true if the plastic is being extruded into a new product, such as a film or sheet.
The majority of the granulator is comprised of a large chamber that contains cutting mechanisms that chop up the plastic solids into smaller pieces. The machine also has a series of fans that circulate air through the chamber, helping to keep the plastic particles from sticking together and burning up.
In order to operate correctly, a plastic granulator must be kept clean. This includes periodically oiling the blades, and cleaning the screen that is located inside of the machine. In addition, it is important to maintain the machine’s electrical system. This is because a malfunctioning system can damage the entire machine.
There are several different types of plastic granulators on the market. Some are designed to be compact and easily fit into a small area. Others are larger and designed to be able to handle larger volumes of plastic scrap. These larger machines may be designed to cut up and granulate a variety of different types of plastics, including sprues, runners, off-spec parts, and edge trim from film lines. Some are even designed to be able to granulate entire rolls of off-spec or startup film.
There are two main kinds of size-reduction equipment that can be used to reduce plastic scrap: a shredder and a granulator. Both can be used to produce granules of a specified size, but the choice between them should be made based on the type of scrap that will be processed. In general, if the scrap will be handled in a manner that does not require precision in particle size, then a granulator is the best choice. However, if the scrap will be subjected to shear or tearing, then a shredder is the better option. In either case, it is important to know the physical characteristics of each kind of scrap before deciding which size-reduction equipment is the best fit.