Hayward, Calif. — Commex Corp. has ordered a film reprocessing machine, installed another bubble-guiding system and launched an apprenticeship program. The polyethylene film and sheet supplier in Hayward expects to take fourth-quarter delivery of the $600,000 repro unit from Next Generation Recyclingmaschinen GmbH of Feldkirchen an der Donau, Austria."We have scrap, and we know what it is so we can control it," Edward Yau, Commex owner and president, said in an interview. Yau projected that Commex would realize a return on the repro-line investment in 18 months. "We used to ship scrap to a lot of people, but their labor costs are too high," Yau said. The incoming NGR recycling line will have capabilities to granulate and reprocess scrap material and extrude it directly into PE pellets for Commex's reuse.
The new $60,000 bubble-guiding system from Pearl Technologies Inc. of Savannah, N.Y., became operational in June with expectations for labor and scrap savings. The unit can automatically align the center of a rising bundle directly over the die for maximum film control and quality. John Lothrop, director of operations, said Commex is undertaking the establishment of the new apprenticeship program with eight steps in six-month intervals over four years. "The curriculum is based on what we see as weaknesses," Lothrop said. "It will help change the culture" at Commex and convey "the power in learning" to participants.
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