Feasibility study of the materials handling and development of a sustainable conveying system in plastics recycling and manufacture

Simon Chinguwa, Wilson R. Nyemba, Kudzai Boora, Charles Mbohwa

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Abstract

The appropriate handling of materials in manufacturing is essential for the realization of reductions in direct and indirect costs. This research was carried out at a plastic manufacturing company in Zimbabwe where polymer pellets are used to produce plastic packaging. An in-depth work study was carried out at the plant followed by the feasibility, review and analysis of available and affordable conveying systems. A semi-automated pneumatic conveyor system comprising of a prime mover, feeder, and mixer was designed to replace the manual handling of materials. The analysis and eventual development of the optimal conveying system assisted the company in not only freeing up space for the uninterrupted movement of materials, but also improvements in safety and reduction in transportation and operational costs for the sustainable recycling and manufacture of plastic packaging. The research also contributed to the company's product quality and variability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-390
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Manufacturing
Volume33
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event16th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing, GCSM 2018 - Lexington, United States
Duration: 2 Oct 20184 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Conveyor
  • Materials handling
  • Plastic manufacturing
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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