Plasti-Fab Recycles And Reuses Fiberglass In Composites Manufacturing

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Plasti-Fab, world wide manufacturer of fiberglass composite solutions, has begun large-scale integration of their recycled FRP, reducing negative emissions, the use of non-sustainable materials, and raising industry standards for greener production.

Plasti-Fab, world wide manufacturer of fiberglass composite solutions, has begun large-scale integration of their recycled FRP, reducing negative emissions, the use of non-sustainable materials, and raising industry standards for greener production.

For the last 40 years, Plasti-Fab has become a major player in Fiberglass production, mostly due to their visionary utilization of Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) composites(http://www.plasti-fab.com/contract-manufacturing). In the most recent of those 40 years, when most manufacturers are looking to cut costs, Plasti-Fab has become serious about their new Managed Emission Process, or MEP (http://www.plasti-fab.com/managed-emission-process), encompassing the company's overall Green approach towards their daily manufacturing processes. Specifically - and most impressively when looking at current industry recycling manufacturing habits - Plasti-Fab's recent acquisition of custom-made equipment for large scale recycling raises the standard for reducing environmental impact in fiberglass-based production.

The new grinder machine allows Plasti-Fab to collect various waste, trim, and overspray materials which can then create a compound reused in several closed mold manufacturing processes. The more efficient production not only cleans up the production process, but also results in a recycled material that can replace previously used non-biodegradable foam core. Currently, Plasti-Fab can recycle over 1000 pounds of FRP a month, replacing the equivalent of 1280 square feet of the non-biodegradable foam materials. In addition to being a greener solution,, the new recycled compound is a much stronger substitute, completing the prosperous relationship between manufacturer, customer, and environment.

Plasti-Fab has already been integrating other environmentally conscious efforts under their MEP umbrella, including the recent elimination of Acetone as a solvent, rapid transition from an open mold to a closed mold, and closed system delivery of resins. According to VP of Operations, Larry Richardson, all this combined has established Plasti-Fab's commitment to sustainable processes for the environment, “Plasti-Fab cares and is demonstrating that by providing a greener more sustainable environment and delivering greener products to its customers.”

Because of these efforts, Plasti-Fab will go from a Small Quantity Generator (SQG) of hazardous waste - nearly 17,000 pounds annually, to a Conditionally Exempt Generator (CEG) – less than 2640 lbs annually and are subsequently eligible for a reduced air permit. For more on their Green efforts visit (http://www.plasti-fab.com/managed-emission-process).

About Plasti-Fab
Plasti-Fab is a world class composite products manufacturer focused on flexible manufacturing that solves customer’s needs. For over 40 years they have produced engineered products designed to meet specific application requirements. Plasti-Fab serves the global marketplace from their facilities in Tualatin, Oregon and Lakeland, Florida, as a service-oriented organization with the experience necessary to recommend workable equipment and installation modifications when required. In 2010, we officially began recycling and reusing fiberglass waste in the form of a recycled FRP compound. This compound is not only greener, but also much stronger and will replace several poly foam materials currently being used in various projects. (http://www.plasti-fab.com/about)

To learn more and find out everything Plasti-Fab offers, visit: (http://www.plasti-fab.com)

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