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New process for Car Looms solves tape issues

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New patents could solve issues with granulating wiring harnesses.
Many will be aware of the challenge to traditional copper granulators when processing car looms. Put simply, the sticky residue from the tape and glue used on the wire, binds together with the plastic in the machine causing regular blockages, often killing any benefit gained.


The only effective ways to deal with the tape and glue have been to dilute the looms with the addition of conventional wiring, pre-shred the looms and then add a powder to absorb it. The addition of the powder has its own problems particularly in the air handling plant used to transport the shredded mix through the machine.

The working environment for the operator is also an issue as the powder tends to hang in the air around the equipment creating a breathing hazard.

After extensive testing, we have seen reports that Stokkermill are in the process of applying for a patent for a revolutionary method of dealing with car looms which negates the use of powder. This new process produces a totally clean end product.

We have no further details at this stage but Crow Environmental, the agent for Stokkermill tells us they expect to have the technology available for sale in late October 2012. David Pinner of Crow commented “ This new process will provide a significant competitive advantage to our customers, we already have a number of large looms processors lined up to take the first production machines.” It is expected that the capital cost of these units will be comparable with the existing technology.

For more information visit Crow Environmental's website, call David Pinner on 01473 290267 or email david@crowenvironmental.co.uk.

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