Plastic Shredders


plastic shredder teethVecoplan has combined both shredder and granulator features to create a line of plastic shredders that meets virtually all plastics processing challenges including industrial plastic scrap, extruder purgings, film and plastic waste, post-consumer bottles and containers, and baled and unbaled plastic waste. We offer over 300 configurations tailored to specific applications. Examples include VAZ models for general & mixed plastic materials, VTH models for lineal scrap, FF models for film & fiber, XL models for large bulky waste, and “Shorty” models for installations requiring a small footprint.

plastic wastePlastic comes in various shapes and sizes. Our plastic shredders turn these scrap materials into a commodity that can be reused to manufacture new products. Materials such as PET bottles, PVC, vinyl, plastic containers, long strips, and other various sizes and configurations can be shredded to a reusable size. Our shredders reduce plastic waste to the desirable size in one pass. The shredder plastic equipment needed for this size reduction will vary depending on the plastic being reclaimed, and Vecoplan has the experience and machinery to meet those needs. Although our machines are sized and configured to fit the applications of specific customers our shredders can be divided into two general types – vertical and horizontal.

Vecoplan vertical shredders can be fed via tippers or inclined conveyors. Material is fed into a hopper mounted above the shredder. Next gravity feeds the material vertically into the machine’s cutting chamber. Then a hydraulically driven ram pushes the material horizontally across the chamber and into a rotor.

plastic shredderDriven by an electric motor, the rotor delivers high torque at low RPMs. As the rotor turns, rows of cutting inserts bolted onto the face of the rotor, mesh with the teeth of a serrated counter knife fixed in the bed of the cutting chamber. After being shredded between the opposing teeth on the rotor and counter knife, material falls through a heavy-duty industrial screen that is fitted to the curvature of the rotor. The holes in this screen determine the final particle output size.

Vecoplan horizontal shredders are fed by 16’ vibratory conveyors designed specifically to move strips, moldings, siding, profiles, composite lumber, pipe, or any long waste. Lineal scrap is pulled from the conveyor and into the machine by both top and bottom feed rollers. A dedicated motor drives each roller. Dual feed rollers deliver aggressive positive feeding and at the same time provide added safety by minimizing material bouncing or flopping common to long scrap. Once inside the cutting chamber, material is processed in much the same way as in our vertical shredders. After material is cut between the teeth on the machine’s rotor and the serrated teeth of the fixed counter knife it exits through a sizing screen.

Sizing screens on both vertical and horizontal shredders from Vecoplan are interchangeable, allowing you to change particle size as your needs change. Vecoplan screens are inexpensive, as well as quick and easy to change. Once shredded particles exit the screen, the material is ready to be reintroduced into the manufacturing stream.

All shredders from Vecoplan feature true dump & run operation. You simply feed material into the machine, push a button and walk away. The shredder does the rest.

Vecoplan shredders process a wide range of materials. Large or small, high bulk density or low bulk density, post industrial or post consumer, Vecoplan delivers the machine and the experience to meet any plastics recycling application.

Plastics recycling can be fairly simple or quite complex. If scrap is coming from an industrial line manufacturing parts from a single resin type and color, the waste can often be shredded, blended with virgin resin pellets and put directly back into the production line. However, recycling post consumer plastic waste is usually a much more involved process because of the wide variety of material types and sizes mixed together. Systems involving varying plastic shredding equipment and technologies working together are required to process it effectively.

Whatever the plastics recycling application, Vecoplan plastic shredders are at the forefront of size reduction technology with plastic shredder design and play an integral role in the process. Vecoplan is a world leader in helping address the issues surrounding plastic waste and plastic recycling.