Exploring TriEnda’s Plastic Regrind Process

plastic regrinding

As one of North America’s largest plastic thermoformers, we’ve refined and perfected our plastic regrind processes to ensure optimal material quality.

Here at TriEnda, we specialize in developing customizable, durable, and reusable material handling solutions using the plastic manufacturing process known as thermoforming. In thermoforming, manufacturers have a choice of what blend of material they use to form their plastic parts.

Within our facilities, we create our own material blend for the heavy gauge forming process we use to create our products. Over the years, we’ve perfected this process in an effort to ensure the consistency and quality of the materials that go into our material handling products.

Extruding Plastic Sheet

There are nine total extrusion lines that produce the plastic sheeting we use at Kruger Family Industries. Four of them are located here at TriEnda, and the other five are at our Penda plant just down the road. These lines pull material from four sources to extrude the plastic sheet. These sources are:

  1. Black color concentrate
  2. Virgin resin from silos
  3. Pelletized material
  4. Controlled in-house regrind

Most of the sheeting we produce here is a black colored sheet. Therefore, our specification and industry standard is 1%  carbon black in our final product. A lot of the materials that go into our blend are black already, so it doesn’t take much colored concentrate to create a uniform look. Silos outside of our facilities feed virgin resin into the extruders as part of the material blend as well, which we source externally. Material from the pelletizer also goes into the extruded sheet, and this material consists of carefully controlled virgin resin and regrind plastic that is blended and compounded in-house.

Next is our in-house regrind which also comes from controlled scrap material. It is extremely important that these bins are free of contaminants, like wood, metal, or any other foreign material. The associates on our production floor are trained to ensure that the regrind is clean. Our management team is also focused on controlling the quality of this regrind material as well. On a normal day, the extrusion lines will run about 50% regrind material and we keep anywhere from 150,000 – 200,000 pounds of it on-hand.

The plastic sheet that comes out of our extrusion lines is typically about 2-3 inches larger than the production tooling they’re used for. Once a product, part, or other component is thermoformed, the excess material is trimmed as part of the finishing process. This trimmed excess is sent back into the regrind loop so it can once again be used for the manufacturing of our thermoformed products. Think of it as a small-scale plastic lifecycle that starts and ends at our facilities. The entire process serves to keep our products and materials consistent in their quality and performance and helps us achieve our goals of being environmentally responsible by reusing and recycling our materials.

If you have any questions about our regrind process or the materials we use, please reach out to us and we’ll happily answer any questions you have. If you’re interested in working with us to develop a custom material handling solution that fits the needs of your product or business, go ahead and ask about that too! We love new challenges and coming up with innovative solutions to fit specific product needs, and after 40 years of experience in material handling, we’d say we’re one of the best options out there.

Small Spaces, Big Innovation

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Why TriEnda’s Small Format suite is a must have material handling solution for tight spaces.

TriEnda specializes in all kinds of material handling solutions, making everything from cargo protection systems to battery packs, and now small format delivery materials. When our salespeople noticed a need for a small format pallet and delivery transportation device, we began working with our design engineers to create the Delivery Cart and Small Format Pallet.

TriEnda’s Delivery Cart is thermoformed with twin sheet construction to stand up to heavy delivery while maintaining a low profile and lightweight design. This makes it ideal for small areas and difficult deliveries like tight doorways, coolers, freezers, hallways, and aisles. “We are really trying to improve on existing products. Smaller stores are becoming a trend and we needed platforms to help our customers perform these types of deliveries.” TriEnda food & beverage industry sales rep, Brian Estes said.

Additional design features like the perimeter lip and Tru-Grip™ anti-skid surface keeps products stable and prevents slippage. Along with these product protection features; the Delivery Cart includes a uniquely designed, self-storing handle that conveniently folds into the deck when not in use. This means that the small spaces where these would be used were kept in mind for storage purposes as well.

The Delivery Cart is accompanied by a Small Format Pallet which has also been specifically designed for tight spaces. This pallet is made with TriEnda’s single sheet thermoforming process and provides the strength of a TriEnda pallet while still incorporating light weight design. With a narrow deck, perimeter lip, and our Tru-Grip™ anti-skid surface, the Small Format Pallet is perfect for reducing product damage and allowing quick transportation in small spaces. “As supply chains continue to evolve we are focused on finding ways we can help our customers improve delivery times, retain drivers and increase overall productivity.  Our small format suite of products has helped change how people view their business from end to end.  We want to be the leader in reducing transportation dollars,” TriEnda grocery industry new product development representative, Jake Heinecke said.
With a 30×42 inch footprint, this Small Format Pallet works well in industries like grocery, retail, food and beverage, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and many more. Pairing the Delivery Cart and Small Format Pallet together in these industries creates a safe, light weight, and quick solution to your small space material handling needs.
Whether you’re working with a space that doesn’t have a loading dock, a store with aisles too tight to get a normal pallet through, or a retail environment where you have a tight storage space, this small format duo from TriEnda is the solution to all of your small-space problems. Reach out to our sales team today to see how the Delivery Cart and Small Format Pallet could work for you!