Our rPET Sheet Process
Our rPET sheets operation has been up and running for quite some time now! Here we want to dive a bit into the major steps of our rPET sheet process.
Extrusion: Extrusion is a process in which a material is pushed through a die to create a specific shape or form. In the case of rPET sheet production, the extrusion process is used to melt the PET flakes down to a molten state. The flakes are fed into the extruder machine, where they are mixed and heated to a temperature that is hot enough to melt the plastic but not so hot that it will degrade the material. The molten plastic is then pushed through a die, which determines the final dimensions of the sheet. The die is a specially designed metal plate with a specific shape and size that gives the sheet its final dimensions. The extrusion process is a crucial step in the production of rPET sheet. Its flexibility in customization and sustainability makes it a versatile and efficient method for manufacturing high-quality recycled plastic products. By using recycled PET flakes as the raw material, the process helps to reduce plastic waste and conserve natural resources. Cooling: After the rPET sheet is extruded, it is still in a molten state and needs to be cooled down to solidify into a uniform sheet. This is done through a series of chilled rollers. The rollers are designed to cool the plastic sheet to the desired temperature, solidifying it into a uniform thickness and width. The cooling process is critical in ensuring that the rPET sheet has the proper characteristics and strength required for its intended use.
Cutting, Trimming, and Rolling: Once the rPET sheet has been cooled, it can be cut, trimmed, and rolled into various sizes and shapes for further use. This process involves cutting the sheet into specific dimensions or shapes based on the intended application. For example, the sheet can be cut into small squares or rectangles for use as packaging material, or it can be rolled into large spools for use in manufacturing processes. The trimming process involves removing any excess material or imperfections from the sheet, ensuring that it meets the desired specifications. Finally, the sheet is rolled onto a large spool, which makes it easy to transport and store until it is ready for use.
Customization: The extrusion process can be customized based on the specific requirements of the rPET sheet. Thickness, width, and length can be adjusted, and additives such as colorants, stabilizers, and other compounds can be added to modify its properties and improve its performance in various environments.
Finally, our rPET sheets are FDA approved, made with our OBP rPET Flakes, and manufactured in the USA!