Injectoblend™ Recycled Plastics
Injectoblend™ Recycled Plastics
We produce Injectoblend™ recycled regrind formulations in-house, giving us full control over the quality and process. We source, certify and mold regrind directly into plastic parts. Our proven production process lowers your cost and increases your peace-of-mind with complete lot traceability and multi-level quality testing. Injectoblend™ products are tested to meet the specifications of corresponding virgin resin.
Over 0 Million LBS Recycled
Why Injectoblend™ Recycled Plastics
Parts made from Injectoblend™ materials are used in applications that are subjected to demanding physical, thermal, and environmental conditions. Injectoblend™ is recognized for meeting the performance of corresponding virgin resin.
By targeting the largest cost portion of an injection molded part, AGS’ unique ability to mold lower cost Injectoblend™ regrind formulations directly into parts offers significant savings and eliminates a material heat history.
Parts made from Injectoblend™ materials are based on post-industrial and post-consumer sources of plastic making them inherently recycled and environmentally friendly. AGS also provides closed loop recycling solutions.
How It Works
To create viable recycled raw materials, we put the regrind through a rigorous eight-step process:
Raw material sources
By managing a wide base of post industrial and post consumer plastic regrind sources, AGS can assure continuity of supply. Sources include waste streams from the packaging, medical, optical, fiber, automotive, computer and business equipment industry. In addition, AGS maximizes plastic regrind performance through the use of virgin resin, additives and modifiers.
Incoming raw materials
Virgin resin, additives and modifiers are received with manufacturer’s certifications. Unlike virgin materials, plastic regrind is not accompanied with performance certification data. As a result, AGS systematically qualifies incoming plastic regrind to internally assigned part numbers. All incoming raw materials are inspected and labeled with lot numbers and internal part numbers. Lot numbers initiate a lot traceability system. Internal part numbers define the performance requirements that the raw material must meet.
Processing plastic regrind
Plastic regrind is cleaned and mechanically blended for evaluation. Magnets, metal separators, and screening equipment remove contaminants such as ferrous and non-ferrous metals, fines, paper, wood, etc… The result is a clean, homogeneous blend from which representative samples are obtained for analysis.
Characterizing plastic regrind
Representative plastic regrind samples are molded and tested to determine visual, physical, thermal, rheological, chemical, environmental, and flammability properties. These test results are compared to internally assigned part number specifications. Based on these comparisons, plastic regrind is accepted, downgraded, or rejected.
Raw material formulations
AGS’ raw material recycling expertise meshes plastic regrind with chemical technologies to produce formulations that process and perform consistently from part to part. Formulations specify raw material part numbers by lot and the proportions to meet finished part requirements. Raw materials are blended in the prescribed amounts, molded, tested, and certified to the customer’s specification.
Specially designed molding equipment allows for precise shot to shot repeatability and compounds the raw materials within the barrel. Coupled with a quality program that emphasizes planning, process control, and continuous improvement, AGS produces high quality parts.
Appropriate samples of production parts are dimensionally inspected and subjected to simulated end use conditions to certify conformance to expectations.
Packaging and shipment
Reusable, recycled, and/or recyclable packaging is used to protect and facilitate transport of finished goods.
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- Tippers & Surge Bins
- Magnets & Metal Separators
- 75 ton lab injection molding machine
- ISO & ASTM Plaque Molds
Recycled Plastics Case Studies
Late in the design of the Grand Sport, the Corvette engineering team realized that the existing air management panel assembly would not mate properly with the Grand Sport’s distinctively wider, special louvered front fenders.
Originally specified in virgin, 40% long glass fiber polypropylene material the molded substrates off production tooling failed the cross-load strength requirement during product validation.
A major Tier 1 supplier for interior headliner components was challenged by Ford Engineering to increase recycled content for their Ford Explorer headliner without increasing cost or sacrificing Ford performance requirements.
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