The Plastics industry provides important engineering materials for a myriad of applications, including consumer products (e.g., cellular phones, televisions, electronics), packaging, automotive (e.g., body panels, dashboards, lenses), and foods (e.g., films, containers).

Reliable material handling is vital in the Plastics industry to achieve typical manufacturing practices of six sigma operation, process automation, lean production, efficiency optimization, and debottlenecking.  These goals can be upset by poor plastics solids flow behavior and lack of proper material handling equipment design and process development.

Common Plastics Industry Challenges

The base fluff, resin, pellets, pastille, and granule polymer forms are all susceptible to poor flow.  Flow problems may include blocking, sticking, erratic flow, inconsistent discharge, segregation, inefficient mixing and lack of first-in, first-out vessel discharge sequence.  Process upsets can be due to inadequate devolatilization (purging), tempering, catalyst deactivation, over-heating or drying, and insufficient cooling.  Product quality problems can be the result of material stagnation in storage bins, pellet damage (fines generation), or cross-contamination of batches.  Pneumatic conveying of plastics often leads to formation of snake skins, streamers, and angel hair, all of which can plug downstream equipment.

Common Materials Handled

Below, please find a shortened list of the bulk materials we have successfully handled in the Plastics industry to date. Please note the below list is just a small sampling of the materials we've handled for clients in the Plastics industry.

  • Polyethylene (LDPE, HDPE)
  • Polypropylene
  • Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Isothalic, terephthalic acids
  • ABS, rubber crumb
  • Polystyrene (PS)
  • Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)
  • Bio-polymers
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  • Acrylic
    • Pellets
    • Recycle
  • Antioxidants
  • Block
    • Copolymer
    • Polymer
  • BTA- Modifier
  • Carbonates
  • Chopped Film
  • Copolymer
    • High Ethylene
    • Low Ethylene
    • Random
  • Delrin
  • Extruded Polymer
  • Flame retardents
  • Homopolymer
    • Resin
  • Impact
    • Copolymer
    • Modifier
    • Polymer
  • Kynar
  • Lexan
    • Polycarbonate
    • Powder
  • Metallics
  • Nylon
    • Pellets
    • Powder
    • Resin
  • Pigments, Carbon Black
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Plastic
    • Beads
    • Fibers
    • Flakes
    • Pellets
    • Powder
    • Resin
    • Scrap
  • Polyester
  • Polyethylene
    • High Density
    • Low Density
  • Polyolefin
  • Polypropylene
  • Polystyrene, Foam
  • Polysulfone Pellets
  • Polyurethane
    • Foam
    • Mix
  • Polyvinylchloride
    • Pellets
    • Powder
    • Resin
  • Polyvinylpyrrolidone
  • Rubber
    • Blend
    • Chips
    • Crumb
  • Silicas
  • Styrene
    • Beads
    • Pellets
  • Surfactants
  • Talcs
  • Thermoplastic

Plastics Industry Clients

Below, please find a sampling of clients who we have successfully provided bulk material engineering services for in the plastics industry.

  • Exxon Mobil
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical
  • Huntsman
  • Solvay
  • Borealis
  • DSM
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  • 3M
  • Appryl
  • Armstrong World Industries
  • BP America
  • BP Amoco
  • BP Chemicals, France
  • Carpenter
  • Chevron
  • C.I.L., Canada
  • Daikin America
  • Dow Chemicals
  • DSM
  • DuPont
  • Eastman Chemicals
  • Exxon Chemicals
  • First Brands
  • General Electric Plastics
  • Huntsman Chemicals
  • ICI
  • ISP
  • Kodak
  • Mobil
  • Monsanto
  • Petrobras, Brazil
  • Phoenix Technologies
  • Propilco, Colombia
  • Quantum Chemical
  • Rohm & Haas
  • SABIC, Saudi Arabia
  • Shell Chemicals
  • Stimsonite
  • Texaco
  • Texas Eastman
  • Toray Plastics
  • Union Carbide

Plastics Industry Services

We offer a wide array of services for the Plastics industries:

Whether you are handling a new resin with sticky properties, feeding compounded plastics to an extruder or pelletizer, or driving off volatiles in a purge vessel, Jenike & Johanson can help you achieve reliable material flow and increased throughputs.

Explore our solutions, review case studies, or contact us so we can help you to solve or prevent costly material flow problems experienced in the Plastics industry.