Trio Pellets commission largest Intarema machine in SA


Photo: The INTAREMA 1714 TVEplus technology with laser filter at Trio Pellets is the largest Intarema machine in South Africa, with a maximum output of 1 400kg/h of material, able to deal with 100% print/heavy print with a moisture content of up to 8%

TRIO Pellets recently invested in purchasing the latest INTAREMA 1714 TVEplus technology with laser filter from Relloy SA, agents for Erema.

The machine was installed and commissioned in November 2018 and is now the largest Intarema machine in South Africa, with a maximum output of 1 400kg/h of material, able to deal with 100% print/heavy print with a moisture content of up to 8%.

Trio Pellets bought its first EREMA 90 TVE machine in 2006 then the second EREMA 1108 TVE in 2013; both machines produce around 550 per hour of clean, high quality recycled LDPE.

The new machine, together with two other machines, will increase Trio Pellets' capacity to 2.6 tons per hour.

Trio pellets have also invested in a Tecnofer wash plant with its own water treatment facility and a throughput of 2.1 tons per hour of clean LDPE.

“The INTAREMA 1714 TVE PLUS gives the best filtration and produces a high quality product. It’s also equipped with the latest MVR monitoring system which indicates the MFI on a batch basis - which in effect measures the quality inline during the production process,” says Trio Pellets’ Jakes Jacobs.

The patented extruder system INTAREMA TVEplus sets new standards in the recycling of materials that are difficult to process such as heavily printed films and/or very moist materials. This is made possible through ultrafine filtration, thorough melt homogenisation and high-performance degassing in a single step.

The proven basic principle of TVEplus technology that melt filtration takes place upstream of extruder degassing, means you can realise end products which have outstanding high quality and which can contain a considerably higher share of recycled pellets.

Counter Current – a groundbreaking innovation

In the past the material inside the cutter/compactor turned in the same direction as the extruder: forwards. The Erema-patented Counter Current technology now changes the direction of rotation inside the cutter/compactor: the plastic material thus moves in the opposite direction to that of the extruder screw. A simple effect with a major impact.

Because the relative speed of the material in the intake zone, i.e. when passing from the cutter/compactor to the extruder, increases to such an extent that the extruder acts in the same way as a sharp edge which literally “cuts up” the plastic. The result: the extruder handles more material in a shorter time. Thanks to the enhanced material intake plastic can additionally be processed even at lower temperatures at a high throughput. Fully in keeping with higher productivity, flexibility and reliability.


From humble beginning to a significant player in recycling industry

The family-run Trio Pellets business was established by Jakes Jacobs in 2006, initially as a humble buy-back centre in Vanderbijlpark. Nowadays, the dynamic team of father Jakes, sons Jovan and Darius and Louw Beeslaar have expanded the business significantly.

Regular upgrading of ancillary equipment at Trio Pellets and maintenance is carried out with great success by Reloloy SA during the year.